Smartphone + NODE+ Platform = Turn any smartphone into any kind of sensor.
The NODE+ platform can be outfitted with an array of different sensor modules for detecting light, gases, temperature, motion and more. It can store data or transmit it to a smart device using Bluetooth wireless technology.
In the recent news article from NASA, they have developed a NODE+ Platform which can turn your smartphone into any kind of sensor.
Building on the system he developed with NASA, Yu created his NODE platform — a cylinder not much bigger than a thumb that can transmit data from sensors to a smartphone or other smart device or store it to be uploaded to any computer. Unlike the sensor developed for DHS, NODE operates independently of the cell phone and transmits the data it gathers using Bluetooth wireless technology.
Variable converted off-the-shelf sensors, such as infrared thermometers, color referencers, motion sensors and barcode readers, into interchangeable modules that can be snapped onto either end, so two modules can be used simultaneously. There is a module for carbon dioxide detection and another that senses carbon monoxide, nitric oxide and other gases. Another module measures ambient light, room temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.
“Using a common platform for multiple sensor modules, you save a lot of money,” Yu says.
The product line went on the market in 2012, and by summer of 2014 it was already in its second generation, NODE+, which Yu says is faster, uses less power, is more durable, has more memory and is compatible with Android and Apple smart devices.
The pharmaceutical industry was quick to take advantage. “Their packages are extremely high-value,” Yu explains, with drugs needing to stay unjostled and at set temperatures. A sensor embedded in a package can send readings on temperatures and vibrations so the shipper knows exactly what occurred during transit.
A paint company uses one of the Chroma sensors for quality control, just as a food producer can use the infrared thermometer for temperature assurance. All the data can be automatically recorded on a smart device, saving time and cutting down on user error.
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