The Evolution of Sensors, from Canaries to Drones

The Evolution of Sensors, from Canaries to Drones

Sensors have existed for longer than the internet has, and much longer than the Internet of Things (IoT) . Once upon a time, canaries sensed danger and martyred themselves in coal-mines. Now drones do sensing in hurricanes and droids do it in nuclear reactors. While at the sensor conference in San Francisco this year, I was struck by the realization that most of the companies participating have been building sensor technology for decades, pre-dating IoT. Connectivity to the cloud seems to have given sensors a new lease of life. Since sensors are an essential component of IoT applications, here […]