SFU develops super sensor devices

Feb 22, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Imagine being able to adjust your home furnace, check whether your arteries are plugging up and pinpoint the location of your child, all with a tap of the same quarter-sized brooch.

That’s becoming doable with next-generation technology developed by SFU engineering professor Bozena Kaminska and CiBER (Centre for Integrative Bio-Engineering Research). Kaminska, a Canada Research Chair in Wireless Sensor Networks, founded the SFU-based, mixed-technology, electronics developer.

CiBER’s work first made international news three years ago when it unveiled a wearable wireless cardiac monitoring and diagnostic sensor. The miniature device is embedded in a polymer-based Band Aid worn on the chest.

“Since then, we have further honed our miniature sensors for secure document storage and transmission,” says Kaminska.

“They can be used to track and detect the identity of objects and people. At the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa, we’re incorporating this ability into sensor-based wireless applications to create smart homes and save energy.”

Not only do these sensors have highly sophisticated health, athletic, security and energy monitoring applications, they can also communicate with each other through a CiBER-created solar-powered, wireless, mesh network connected to the Internet.

Through a project led by Marcin Marzencki, a post-doctoral fellow in Kaminska’s lab, CiBER has successfully tested several of its network installations in the Okanagan and at the NRC.

The Fraser Health Burnaby Hospital and other health care facilities are clinically testing CiBER’s sensors and networking capabilities for medical purposes and evaluating them for athletic and fitness applications.

“Other research groups are using our technology as a platform to build their work on,” says Kaminska, “and that’s largely thanks to CMC Microsystems.”

The Queens University-based, non-profit microelectronics fabricator and distributor helps university researchers, nationally, commercialize their inventions.

Explore further: Researchers develop tool to predict the level of driver discomfort caused by LED lighting

Provided by Simon Fraser University

4 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Demand for wireless networks growing

Sep 07, 2005

Demand for wireless sensor networking is growing and deployments are accelerating, according to a recently published report by ON World.

Cambridge to host first city-wide wireless sensor network

Apr 05, 2007

Harvard University, BBN Technologies, and the City of Cambridge have begun a four-year project to install 100 wireless sensors atop streetlights in Cambridge, Mass., creating the world's first city-wide network of wireless ...

Recommended for you

Catching grease to cut grill pollution

13 hours ago

A team of University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering students have designed a tray that when placed under the grates of a backyard grill reduces by 70 percent the level of a harmful ...

Understanding how the brain retrieves memories

Jul 17, 2014

(Medical Xpress)—Livermore scientists are developing electrode array technology for monitoring brain activity as part of a collaborative research project with UC San Francisco to better understand how the ...

New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials

Jul 17, 2014

"Machining," in particular the process of cutting hard, brittle materials during manufacturing, can be difficult, often because the cutting tool, typically made of single crystal diamond, the hardest material ...

User comments : 0