By Martha DeGrasse
Coventor is changing the way MEMS are made
The value of the internet of things lies in the data generated by billions of connected devices, and those devices need sensors to generate that data. Sensors measure temperature, light, speed, position, moisture, flow rate, activity level … almost anything you can measure with your five senses and some things you can’t even perceive.
Sensors are often paired with actuators, miniature machines that perform a function based on digital instructions. For example, a sensor could measure how quickly liquid flows through a pipe, and an actuator could trigger a valve to stop the flow.