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Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, IEEE

Issue 3 • Date June 2010

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  • IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 2
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  • Own up to your actions [From the editor's bench]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 4
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  • The IMS AdCom [President's perspectives]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • Synthesizing accurate voltages with superconducting quantum-based standards

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 8 - 13
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    This paper discusses the capabilities and measurement techniques of three unique quantum-based systems and summarizes their use as accurate dc and ac references for voltage and power metrology and as low-distortion arbitrary-waveform sources for the characterization of stability and nonlinearities in analog and digital electronics. View full abstract»

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  • Possibilities for continuous glucose monitoring by a functional contact lens

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 14 - 17
    Cited by:  Patents (3)
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    This article discusses about the development of a range of fabrication technologies that enable the construction of a sophisticated system for the detection of glucose from the tear film. It also demonstrates the operation of a sensor with enough sensitivity to function on the surface of the eye. Currently, work is being done on integrating these sensors with the related control circuitry on contact lenses. These functional contact lenses hold much promise in biomedical research and patient care in the near future. View full abstract»

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  • Being aware of details in preparing a patent disclosure

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 18 - 21
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    This series presents some procedural guidance for inventors and entrepreneurs who would otherwise either not pursue protection for their inventions or would file a patent application pro se without the input of a qualified patent practitioner. This series will focus exclusively on patents and will not cover other forms of intellectual property (IP) such as trademarks and copyrights. It will provide tips for such inventors in order to minimize the risk of devaluing an invention, jeopardizing chances of allowance of a patent during prosecution, having a patent application being deemed unpatentable or lacking enablement, or having a patent being deemed unenforceable against infringement. Having a professional patent practitioner draft and file a patent application can be beyond the budget of many inventors. The material presented here is meant to be informational and in no way serves as legal advice. Individuals who are interested in discussing their innovations in detail should consult a qualified patent practitioner. View full abstract»

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  • The role of measurements in the smart grid era

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 22 - 25
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    This paper is devoted to the smart grid era which requires not only knowledge in the field of electric energy but also of many other fields like information technology, communication, control and automation, education, and nanotechnology. This universal effort will be effective if and only if the management and control of energy includes reliable information from accurate measurement methods and voltage and current sensors. View full abstract»

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  • Nanophysics and nanotechnology applied to sensors, part 1

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 26 - 32
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    Miniaturization is a reliable recipe toward higher efficiency and lower cost of sensors and has fortunately led to the discovery of entirely new devices. Quantum mechanical effects tend to appear as the size of devices decrease. In the development of higher performing computer chips, a deleterious quantum effect, tunneling leakage through the gate insulator, was circumvented, by use of "high kappa oxides". In a very important case, a new sensor, the magnetic tunnel junction, is an entirely "nanophysical" device. The magnetic tunnel junction MTJ or "tunnel valve" sensor has greatly improved disk drive performance and has had a large economic impact. Nano sized components, such as the carbon nanotube, permit novel sensors and can sense polar molecules. Even optical detection of single virus particles is possible and was described. View full abstract»

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  • Autonomous sensors: From standard to advanced solutions [Instrumentation notes]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 33 - 37
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    An autonomous sensor is a device that is generally able to perform its task without being connected to the interrogation unit. Its power supply is integrated in the device, and very often a harvesting mechanism is used for its energy production and is able to totally or partially power the device operation. There has been broad and rapid evolution in the fi eld of autonomous sensors. Emerging application fields, the need to increase the life of electronic devices, increased computational capabilities that require more energy and drastic reduction in device volume have been drivers of this field. Power management and wireless connection are becoming major issues in many applications. Research communities all over the world are working to fi nd solutions and harvesting methods to optimize the power issue in sensors with the specific goal of implementing autonomous sensors. We discuss these concepts and two examples: an autonomous sensing device and an energy harvester. View full abstract»

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  • A matter of degree [History of physical standards]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 38 - 41
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    People are born with a sense of hot and cold, and historically they quickly learned to distinguish degrees of hot and cold. The story is told that one of the early cave dwellers asked his mate for a hot cup of juice and she dutifully placed a few berries into the family's stone cup and set it near the fi re until steam arose from it, then handed it to him. He took a large gulp that scalded his mouth, spit the hot fluid onto the ground and shouted something that meant, "Please, not that hot!" View full abstract»

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  • Experiments in probabilities and randomness [My favorite experiment]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 43 - 45
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    Take a US penny and give it a spin by flicking it with your finger on a tabletop. What are the chances of it coming to rest heads-up once it stops spinning? With an undamaged coin, a spirited flick and a clean level tabletop, 50-50? Or how about if you flip the same coin into the air and let it bounce on the ground and come to a stop? What are the chances of it landing heads-up now, again 50-50? And given the choice of what's behind door number one, should you stick with your first choice or switch to what's behind door number two or door number three? The answers may surprise you. View full abstract»

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  • New products

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 46 - 52
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  • Membership notes

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 53
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  • IEEE I&M Society Technical Committee listing

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 54
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 55
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  • Report on ICEMI 2009

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 56
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  • IEEE AUTOTESTCON 2009 report

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 57
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  • Call for papers

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 59
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  • The 2010 IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 60
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IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine contains applications-oriented and tutorial articles on topics in the broadly based areas of instrumentation system design and measurement techniques.

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