Sensors Applications, Volume 5, Sensors in Household Appliances
More and more microelectronics are establishing themselves in all aspects of our daily life, and the use of a growing number of increasingly sophisticated, low-cost sensors is directly linked to this trend, and they are responsible for many of the technical achievements of the last decades.
Their use in modern washing machines, dish washers, dryers, freezers as well as in cooking, domestic heating, air conditioning or small appliances results in reduction of electricity, water or detergent consumption, less noise emission, increased efficiency and higher user comfort.
Market data is given, demonstrating the increasing demand for large quantities of suitable, reliable sensor systems, and the subsequent growing need for comprehensive information on their potentials and limitations. Exemplary products, new types of appliances and improved electronic control are presented. Chapters on thin film temperature sensors, Reed switches, gas sensors, UV sensors, acceleration and pressure sensors illustrate the utilization of modern device mass fabrication technologies. Finally, an outlook into the future forecasts the needs of the appliances of the coming decade.
Home Laundry Appliance Manufacturers -
Drivers of Change: Socioeconomics and Enablers
Condition Monitoring for Intelligent Household Appliances
Sensor Examples in Small Appliances
Infrared Ear Thermometers
Sensorics for Detergency
Thin Film Temperature Sensors for the Intelligent Kitchen
Reed Switches as Sensors for Household Applications
Gas Sensors for the Domestic Environment
UV Sensors -
Problems and Domestic Applications
Displacement Sensors in Washing Machines
Low Cost Acceleration Sensors in Automatic Washing Machines
Fuzzy and Neurofuzzy Applications in European Washing Machines
Cutting-edge Silicon-based Micromachined Sensors for Next Generation Household Appliances
Future Developments, Roadmapping and Energy
Smart Buildings -
Combination of Sensors with Bus Systems
Smart Homes -
A Meeting with the Future Even Now