Tag Archive: Sensors


Sony’s AI-powered sensors are the future of smartphone cameras

Earlier this week Sony announced two new IMX image sensors that are going to change everything when it comes to “smart” photography.

That’s a really bold statement to make, but it’s also an easy prediction because of how smartphones and other smart products use their cameras. You expect a bigger “real” camera with an expensive lens to take great photos because the hardware being used makes it easier. But when you’re using a tiny sensor in a tiny  [Read More…]

Sensel pressure sensors could bring back your phone’s missing edge

Sensel can put touch anywhere, whether you want it or not.

What you need to know Sensel’s Pressure Grid technology is more flexible than current touch technology. These sensors can work in rain, with gloves on, and beneath a variety of materials. Sensel sensors can detect pressure from a scant one gram up to five kilograms.

Sensor company Sensel makes a touch-sensitive “Pressure Grid” technology that offers precision and force sensitivity without many of the drawbacks of  [Read More…]

Ultrasound sensors could soon replace physical buttons on your phone

Get ready for phones (and everything else) with no buttons at all

What you need to know New ultrasound sensors from Ultrasense are tiny, self-contained switches that work anywhere. Ultrasound switches could replace buttons, allowing for simpler, seamless design. Ultrasense says that the requirements of 5G antennas are better managed with ultrasound buttons.

Tiny new ultrasound switches may soon come to … well, everything if a report from our friends over at Android Authority comes to fruition.  [Read More…]

Pimp out and protect your home with these smart sensors

Smart sensors are great little devices if you’re looking for added security. They can detect movement, alert you when someone tries to enter your home, detect leaks, and others can monitor room temperature. Our top pick is the Ecolink Z-Ware Door and Window Sensors. Set up is quick and easy, and it is compatible with SmartThings so that you can use voice controls through multiple smart hubs. Check our top picks for the best smart sensors out there.

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Ecobee’s latest smart thermostat offers smarter sensors and more for $249

There are a number of great options available when it comes to smart thermostats, but one of the leaders has always been Ecobee. The company has several models that we’ve looked at before, and now it has released a new model that’s even better than all the previous ones. Ecobee just announced the SmartThermostat with Voice Control, which comes with new sensors, a refreshed design, and without a price increase over the Ecobee4’s regular price. The new model is available  [Read More…]

Does the Oculus Quest need external sensors?

Best answer: You don’t need any external sensors or any additional hardware to use the Oculus Quest. Everything you need is in the box, and its sensors are built into the headset.

Standalone virtual reality: Oculus Quest ($ 399 at Amazon) Insight tracking

The Oculus Quest has an array of four wide-angle cameras built into the device. These are in lieu of any external sensors, towers, or cameras that are common among other headsets such as the  [Read More…]

In-screen fingerprint sensors are bad and need to go away

This is the worst thing about phones in 2019.

I got my hands on the Galaxy S10 about a week ago, and so far I’ve been loving every minute of using the phone. Well, almost every minute of it.

The Galaxy S10 is one heck of a smartphone and easily one of the best you can buy right now, but it has a feature that’s been causing me endless headaches — the in-screen fingerprint sensor. This is  [Read More…]

These motion sensors are perfect for Samsung SmartThings

With SmartThings, you can use a motion senor to keep watch over areas of your home, allowing you to receive alerts, sound an alarm, unlock a door or even just turn on a light. Not all motion sensors are created equal however, so we’ve compiled a list that won’t give you any headaches — like our favorite option, the Ecolink Motion Detector — so you can monitor your home no matter where you are.

Top Pick Ecolink Z-wave Plus Motion  [Read More…]

These new sensors and features help make Ring’s Alarm System more powerful

Time to make a good system even better.

It’s time to take your Ring Alarm system and make it even more powerful, making your home even more secure. Ring announced several new accessories at CES 2019 that will protect you not just from security threats but from property damage and other life-threatening situations. The new Ring Alarm sensors, like the $ 35 Smoke & CO Listener will be able to monitor for smoke, carbon monoxide, flooding, freezing  [Read More…]

In-display fingerprint sensors and cold weather could mean problems

It’s all about that false positive acceptance rate.

It’s the time of year in the northern hemisphere where things can go from warm and delightful to chilly and brisk and that means it’s time to hear more about how fingerprint sensors on smartphones are having troubles. It might feel inconvenient, but there is a reason your fingerprint sensor might seem to work a little poorly in cold weather, and this is especially true of in-display fingerprint sensors.  [Read More…]