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Designer of Things: Creating for a better world

17 Dec 2015  | Charles Murray

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Lulea University of Technology demonstrated the Smart Rockbolt, a low-power IoT device for mining applications. The device is essentially a twist on an age-old technology—instead of merely stabilising the walls of a mine, the Smart Rockbolt combines a strain gauge and embedded electronics to "know" if rock masses are moving. As a result, it's potentially able to foresee a potential cave-in.

Hazardous levels of seismic activity cause the Smart Rockbolt to generate optical alarms using multi-coloured LEDs. The technology can also be used for infrastructure and building monitoring.

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