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Augmented Sense Technologies MISSION
is to become an innovation leader in the area of embedded sensor technology to realize the goals of Vision Zero and other sustainability initiatives. Everything we do is predicated on the simple thesis that with the right attitude and gear, any activity is more enjoyable and healthier, both physically and mentally, when done outdoors.
Simplifying, useful, seamless, & invisible
Our lives are complicated enough as it is, the benefits of sensor technology should not be undermined by associated complexity.
Sensor technology should not be for its technology's sake, but rather should solve real problems, improve safety, or enhance our experiences in some meaningful way.
Sensor technology should not be distracting or annoying - the user should not know the technology is there.
Sensor technology should not be seen - the user's friends should not know the technology is there, either because it blends in or is hidden.
Where are we headed?
FULLY INTEGRATED GESTR SYSTEM
Imagine "seeing" through directional audio an upcoming hazard that gives you time to avoid serious injury.
SMART CITIES AR/VR DEMO
This technology demo/simulator will allow virtual experimentation in the user interface (haptics, audible, gesture), sensor fusion, and Smart Cities connectivity to optimize benefit prior to committing to full scale deployment.
This software only update will use machine learning to allow you to teach the gestr new gestures.
This enhancement will use machine learning and binaural audio to enhance and spatialize potential threats picked out of the ambient noise.
This accessory will locate your ski if it's buried under deep snow so you don't have to squander your powder day looking for it.
Emerging innovations enabling enhancements consistent with our mission
FLEXIBLE HYBRID ELECTRONICS
A general term for tech that allows flexible fabrics and traditionally inflexible electronics to co-exist. The NetFlex industry consortium received a $75 million dollar grant from the federal government in 2016 to pursue this technology.
ULTRA LOW POWER MICROCOMPUTERS
Mixed-signal and design-for-low-power techniques are taking the guesswork out of this heretofore serious technical risk, and enabling autonomous sensor nodes to be placed anywhere they're needed.
OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE
Open source software has been around for decades (Android, Linux), now hardware engineers no longer need to start from scratch, making getting to the market orders of magnitude quicker.
LOCATION BASED SERVICES
Very soon, knowing your location indoors will be taken for granted just as knowing your location outdoors is today but with much greater accuracy, enabling such conveniences as smart grocery shopping carts.
Transducers that harvest energy from the environment, along with ULP electronics and new solid state energy storage offerings, are enabling truly autonomous products that are zero maintenance.
SOLID STATE BATTERIES & SUPER CAPS
Solid state batteries and super caps are ready for prime time, particulary well-suited for wearable devices due to being safe, reliable, low-leakage, rugged, and mechanically flexible.
ADVANCED CHIP-SCALE SENSORS
Sensors such as LIDAR. RADAR, Hall-effect, inertial, magnetometers, and beacons, just to name a few, now are small, low power (relatively), and inexpensive enough for commercial applications, and more are emerging continuously.
The "replicator" of Star Trek fame is here in the form of 3D printers, which will very soon enable rapid prototyping of the electronics as well as the mechanics, bringing "agile" development to the hardware world.
ADVANCED (SMART) FABRICS
Much research is being dedicated to textiles that are not only hydrophobic, anti-bacterial, comfortable and fashionable, but also functionally conductive and machine washable. If two iconic companies are teaming up, it must be big - check out project Jacquard.
LONG-RANGE, LOW-POWER WIRELESS MODULES
Now ubiquitous and mature, no RF (radio frequency) "black magic" is required to get to market, with diverse choices both proprietary and standards-based protocols.
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