IOT News Roundup

Smart-MEMPHIS Consortium developing energy-harvesting sensors for medical, industrial applications; Recon Instruments, APX Labs join forces for workplace smart glasses; Numerex launches SmartGuide global tracking offering; Linear Technology announces SmartMesh IP development kit for developers.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Mar 20, 2015

Smart-MEMPHIS Exploring Energy Harvesting for Minimally Invasive Pacemakers
Representatives from universities, research groups, and medical and industrial commercial partners, as well as a manufacturer of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices, have begun work on two distinct projects that will leverage energy-harvesting techniques. The consortium, dubbed smart-MEMPHIS, was launched in December 2014 and is expected to run for 3.5 years. Its funding, €8.2 million ($8.9 million), is being provided by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Framework program.

One project is focused on making pacemakers small enough to be implanted inside (rather than wired to) the human heart, and to be powered by the heart's electrical pulses. Life sciences industry consultancy a Spinverse is helping to lead the project.

The goal of a second project is to create a wireless sensor network for structural health monitoring in materials, which would allow the early detection of very small cracks in aircraft wings, for example. Currently, this type of monitoring is carried out via many discrete sensors, but the smart-MEMPHIS project is devising a means of consolidating multiple sensors used to monitor structural integrity into sensor modules that would harvest acoustic energy.

Recon Instruments, APX Labs Partnering to Develop Smart Glasses for Workplace
Recon Instruments, a maker of eyewear for sports and high-intensity environments, is partnering with APX Labs, which sells enterprise software for smart glasses.

Through the collaboration, Recon's new smart eyewear, the Recon Jet, will enable workers in industries such as manufacturing, field service, and oil and gas to obtain hands-free access to information or applications, which will be displayed on the surfaces of the glasses. It will also allow them to access remote experts via an integrated voice communication module. The Jet glasses were developed to withstand harsh outdoor environments. Pricing information has not yet been released.

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