NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 2016 Top Technologies in Sensors and Instrumentation : Sensors and Instrumentation technologies that will have the highest impact in 2016
Sensor technology has been the key enabler for various applications related to automation, monitoring, and testing. Developments in sensors have always been geared at addressing industry-specific challenges. Sensors are enabling next-generation consumer-centric applications. Information collection is the key in realizing the concept of Internet of Things (IoT). The technology and innovation report covers the top 10 sensor and instrumentation technologies that will have highest impact in the near- and medium-term.
Key technologies in the cluster were evaluated to arrive at the top 10 technologies for 2016. The technologies were selected after critical evaluation of an exhaustive list of technologies using TechVision's proprietary selection methodology. The report assesses technologies from various aspects such as patents, funding, applications, megatrend impact, disruptiveness and market potential. The top 10 technologies covered in this report are commercial drones, biosensors, next gen RTLS, terahertz sensing, smart haptics, energy harvesting, thermography, sensor fusion, high resolution CMOS image sensors, and nanosensors.
Commercial drones are finding increased application scope across various industries, leading to new business models such as drones as a service. However, the adoption of this technology will depend on favorable regulations as drones encroach upon air-space otherwise reserved for aviation.
The need for preventive healthcare, remote monitoring, and rapid detection technology are driving biosensors. Wearable biosensors technology is emerging as a key technology area that is able to fit into these market drivers. Moreover, biosensing technology is poised to impact sectors other than healthcare, such as automotive, food, and agriculture.
The terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum was largely underused due to the unavailability of efficient sources or detectors. This is not the case anymore and sensing terahertz waves is now a commercially viable technology that is poised to make a telling impact on non destructive testing and security and surveillance applications.
Embedding sensors to real-time location systems (RTLS) tags enhances the capability of RTLS even further and the solution can monitor the real-time condition of assets and people tagged. Technology providers are increasingly coming up with emerging applications for RTLS that makes the technology even more interesting. Retail, livestock tracking, events, and entertainment industries are among the upcoming end-user markets for RTLS, with some very interesting and unique applications.
Haptics technology is considered to be a key component for digital and consumer electronic devices. The collaboration trend between technology providers and integrators is mainly focused on driving the degree of adoption of haptics in a wider range of multimedia applications, thereby stimulating the utilization of touch technology in consumer electronics.
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