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A New Light Sensing Module for Mica Motes

  • Author(s): Heemin Park
  • Jonathan Friedman
  • Vids Samanta
  • Jeff Burke
  • Mani B. Srivastava
  • et al.
Abstract

We present the Ping-Pong mote, a new light sensing module for the Mica mote platform. The Ping-pong mote achieves performance comparable to a commercial light intensity meter, while conforming to the size and energy constraints imposed by its application in wireless sensor networks. The Ping-pong mote was developed to replace the Mica sensor board (MTS310) whose slow response time and narrow dynamic range in light intensity capture is unsuitable to many applications, including media production. The Ping-pong mote features significantly improved SNR due to its adoption of high-end photo sensors, amplification and conversion circuits coupled with active noise suppression, application-tuned filter networks, and a noise-attentive manual layout. Unlike the MTS310, the Ping-pong mote can capture RGB color intensity (for color temperature calculation) and incident light angle (which discerns the angle of ray arrival from the strongest source). Our prototype demonstrated significantly faster response time (> 6x) and a much wider dynamic range (> 10x) in light intensity measurement as compared with the MTS310. The light-angle estimation results were well correlated with an average error of just 2.63 degree.

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