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From talking tomato plants to sweat patches, this fluid sensor can do it all

Imec and Holst Centre have developed a fluid sensor that makes revolutionary applications possible in areas such as horticulture and healthcare, the food industry and even water collection. The sensor itself is very small (1 cm²), can measure several different parameters at the same time, is relatively cheap to produce and can even be printed on film. The sensor only needs to be calibrated once, after which it can provide reliable readings over an extended period of time. Marcel Zevenbergen, program manager ‘liquid sensing solutions’ at Holst Centre, talks about the technology, applications and demo kit available for companies wanting to work with it.