Smart Sensors in Everyday Life

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Kitty Irwin – Scoil Mhuire, Cork


My name is Kitty, I’m from Cork and I go to school in Scoil Mhuire. I am a transition year student and I took part in the CONFIRM TY work experience programme in March 2021.

I chose to do my work experience with CONFIRM as i am interested in Robotics so this work experience looked interesting to me. My favourite part of the week was listening to Kevins presentation on 3D printing. I didn’t know much about 3D printing before this week but now i find it a really interesting topic. It showed me that a variety of things can be made easily with 3D printing.

Starting this work experience programme i didn’t know much about AI (artificial intelligence), this soon changed as i got to watch a very detailed presentation on it that opened my eyes to different things.

We each got assigned a different poster topic this week and had to do research on the topic. My topic was How are smart sensors used in our everyday life?. I immediately found this topic interesting and was able to find lots of information about it. I had a rough idea of what a smart sensor was and knew a few examples such as temperature sensors, thumb print sensors on an iPhone and motion sensor lights. Smart sensors are devices that take input from the physical environment and use built-in compute resources to perform predefined functions upon detection of specific input and then process data before passing it on.

I would highly recommend doing the CONFIRM TY work experience programme if you are interested in technology. It was really fun and i really enjoyed it!

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