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Smart Sensors Focus on the Future (15 Apr 2002)
A few years ago, K2 came out with a ski that had a piezo layer in it, creating a primitive "smart ski" that sensed ski chatter and then dampened it out by running electricity out of a sensor in the ski. Years ago, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology were engaged in a whimsical application of this-they created a piezo-augmented "smart guitar" that mimics the sound of a high-end traditional guitar at a much lower cost. All of this is bringing us to the point of creating new classes of "smart materials"-materials that actively sense and respond to the surrounding analog environment.
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