We’re often reminded of the story of the clock in a farmhouse, a simple, yet powerful device that has a deep history of being used to communicate with others.
But a new study suggests that clocks are no longer the only useful communication device out there.
The clock could be replaced by a more complex system of electronic sensors, says Paul Smith, a computer scientist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.
The researchers have created a device that can monitor and control electrical activity in a room in a way that can also be used to monitor other parts of the house.
The project, titled “Electronic Sensing of Household Appliances in a Home”, has been published in Physical Review Letters.
To create the system, the researchers used a computer program to build a prototype of a clock, and then created a series of simple, 3D-printed prototypes to test how the system would work.
Each of the prototypes contained an Arduino microcontroller, a digital signal processor, a clock and a sensor that measures the electrical activity of the device.
The sensor tracks the electrical charge of the wires passing through the clock’s circuit board and sends the results back to a digital clock on the Arduino.
This can then be sent to a device like a remote control to update the device’s clock.
The result is a device with a range of sensors that can track and control an entire house, from the floor to the ceiling.
And it can also work with any electronic device, from an alarm clock to a lightbulb.
It’s the kind of system that could replace traditional clocks, and could be used in situations where people need to communicate more than just a phone call.
Smith and his colleagues found that the devices they built have about the same power consumption as traditional clock systems, and it also has about the power efficiency of a standard home alarm clock.
They’re also able to track electrical activity across rooms.
And the system can detect a number of different kinds of electrical activity, from electrical surges in a wall socket, to vibrations of a speaker cabinet.
And, because it uses the Arduino microchip, it’s compatible with almost any existing electronics system.
In fact, Smith says that the device could be easily built in many parts of an industrial or commercial building, and that it could be incorporated into any type of electrical system, from home alarms to electrical outlets.
The device has already proven itself to be a useful device for monitoring household activities.
In its first test run, Smith and colleagues installed a single Arduino microcomputer onto the clock, which recorded the electrical signals of its circuit board.
They also built a second prototype of the system that included a number the sensors to measure the electrical charges.
When the sensors measured the electrical charging of the wire passing through a particular wire, they sent the results to the computer, which then sent the data back to the clock.
“The result is that we’re able to measure a variety of electrical and mechanical activity, including electrical surges, and vibration,” Smith says.
“It’s very interesting.”
The researchers are also looking at the possibilities of using sensors that track the electric fields of air to monitor the temperature of air in a building.
The sensors could also be able to tell when someone is using an electrical outlet, to monitor how long that outlet is connected to the electrical grid, or to track a switch on a power meter.
“I think there’s a lot more that can be done with sensors that are being made by companies like Arduino, and I think this could be one of the areas where they really get on top of that,” Smith explains.
“In the next few years, we think that they will be able, in a sense, to replace traditional electronic systems that are connected to your home.”
[Image credit: University of Aberdeen] In a future study, Smith hopes to build another prototype of this system that will monitor the electrical current flowing through a wall plug.
In this system, they’ll measure how much current is flowing through the wall plug, and they’ll also monitor the current flowing between the wall and the wall socket.
This would allow the system to be used with other types of electrical systems, including remote control systems that could be connected to a home alarm system.
And finally, they’re working on building a larger version of the sensor system that would be used for monitoring a number other electrical systems in a house.
“One of the things that I’m most interested in doing is making the sensors for the whole house,” Smith notes.
“So I’m looking at how we can use sensors to monitor a whole house, to look at things like lights, windows, air conditioning, a lot of things that people would normally be monitoring in the house.”