Beyond Your Senses: The New World of Sensors

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Smart sensors mimic our own natural senses more than ever before, and Hal Hellman outlines exactly how. Hellman takes each biological sense--vision, touch, hearing, taste, smell, and several others as well--and discusses how corresponding sensors are being devised for use in the home, workplace, and outer space.

Examines how sensors enable machines to respond to temperature, sound, light, and other sensations and how sensors operate in toasters, burglar alarms, ...

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Overview

Smart sensors mimic our own natural senses more than ever before, and Hal Hellman outlines exactly how. Hellman takes each biological sense--vision, touch, hearing, taste, smell, and several others as well--and discusses how corresponding sensors are being devised for use in the home, workplace, and outer space.

Examines how sensors enable machines to respond to temperature, sound, light, and other sensations and how sensors operate in toasters, burglar alarms, auto-focus cameras, and weather monitoring devices.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This well researched, non-fiction book helps the reader to understand how electronic and chemical sensors are used in science and industry. The author relates these technologies to human senses, using a chapter for each of our five senses, plus chapters that introduce the timely subject and speculate on likely future uses for "smart sensors" and "smart machines." Black and white photos, an index, a glossary, further reading section, and sources of additional information are included.
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Gr 4-6This introduction compares the complexities of our five senses with machines and explains how they may or may not someday be able to perform the same functions. Hellman focuses on sensors that can respond to light, heat, motion, etc., and puts them in the context of everyday objectstoasters, burglar alarms, and auto-focus cameras. Discussions of how robots can be used in manufacturing, firefighting, and space exploration are included. The writing is clear and well organized and each chapter focuses on one of the senses and how machines are being developed to sense sight, taste, touch, etc. The black-and-white photos are informative, but not gripping.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
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Hellman explains how smart sensors work and provides apt examples of this emerging technology.

Sensors are devices that respond to a "command"—a supermarket door that opens when a pad buried in the ground feels weight, or a toaster that pops up when the toast is done. Smart sensors are the next generation of this technology; they mimic human senses. For instance, machine "vision" occurs when light energy is converted to electrical energy to recognize patterns or screen parts in the robotics, manufacturing, and biomedical fields. Tactile sensors read pressure changes in games, toys, sporting goods, medical devices, and measuring instruments. Hearing sensors can detect tiny fractures or cracks in buildings, bridges, pipelines, cranes, aircraft, and dams. Readers interested in virtual reality will especially enjoy learning how smart sensors allow people to interact with an artificial landscape or environment. This cutting-edge resource will be welcome in most collections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525675334
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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