Sensor Sensibility

Sensor Sensibility

The mathematics of shapes is illuminating the structure of wireless sensor networks

By Erica Klarreich, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

Imagine a future in which billions of tiny computers are embedded into buildings, streets, fields, or even our bodies. These devices might monitor weather, traffic, crop conditions, the progression of diseases, or a host of other variables. The tiny computerized sensors would spontaneously organize into networks that could adjust their structures and functions in response to the information that they pick up.

That future might be just around the corner. Researchers have already deployed netwo...

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