#Sensors Show #energyharvesting #pauto

June 13, 2011

Last week, I spent some time at the Sensors show. It has steadily shrunk year on year, and now it doesn't fill up a single hall at the Rosemont convention center.

But, as several exhibitors told me, somehow it pays for itself in the quality of the attendees.

Last week, I spent some time at the Sensors show. It has steadily shrunk year on year, and now it doesn't fill up a single hall at the Rosemont convention center.

But, as several exhibitors told me, somehow it pays for itself in the quality of the attendees.

The vendors break down into three parts: the chip makers and wholesalers like Digikey and others; the vendors who actually have products to sell; and the startups that have a board set and an idea and want to "help you" but you have to do the product design. This last changes every year, as these little companies fold and reform.

But I did see some really interesting new stuff from several vendors. FCI had an interesting flow switch for sampling lines. Malema had some innovative flow measurement devices, and Perpetuum's exhibit proved that energy harvesting in the industrial environment is real and it is here. I wish I was able to attach the picture of their stand, which showed energy harvesters designed for Honeywell, Emerson, National Instruments, GE and other devices.

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