A new type of automatic door holder has been developed in a lab at the University of Texas at Austin, with a clear advantage over a standard lock.
The new device is a sensor that uses electromagnetic radiation to measure a user’s movement before it locks the door and unlocks it automatically.
The sensor can detect the wearer’s movements using a simple camera mounted in the wall.
The system is designed to provide better security, but it will also offer convenience to those who wish to simply change their door on the fly.
The researchers’ work is published in Nature Communications.
‘No more hassle’ The new sensor is designed for a large variety of applications, from automated door unlocking to the installation of automated security systems for businesses, said J.D. Williams, the paper’s senior author and assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT Austin.
“In a security context, the sensor will be of great benefit,” Williams said.
“If you have a large group of people in a room, you can do a quick survey to determine if the door is locked or unlocked.
If you don’t, you’ll need to do some work to open it.”
Williams and his team have developed a prototype of their sensor that is capable of detecting the wearer by detecting the electromagnetic waves emitted by a closed door.
The sensors will be available as a “low cost” option to businesses to be sold to homeowners and small businesses.
The goal is to make the sensor available to the general public and to enable businesses to use it to improve their security measures, Williams said, although he cautioned that the device is still far from ready for commercial deployment.
Williams is now working with a team at the university to bring the system to market.
Williams and co-authors have also developed a new type that uses an ultrasound-based sensor to detect the user’s movements while the door’s closed.
The ultrasound-detecting sensor is also a component of the current version of the sensor.
The team has also developed an additional sensor that detects an invisible magnetic field emitted by the closed door when the door opens, which can be used to determine whether the door has been unlocked.
The two sensors are expected to be able to detect movements in the room and to automatically unlock the door.
“It is important to understand that the sensor sensor will not be the same as the standard door sensor.
You need to make a measurement in the environment, and then you need to figure out how to do it correctly,” Williams explained.
“The sensor sensor is not just a door sensor.”
It is also able to work in different environments, which is what allows the sensor to work when it detects a door opening and to lock the door after that.
The infrared sensor works well in indoor environments, but in outdoor environments, it is less effective, Williams explained, and the infrared sensor requires that the room be heated to detect movement.
The next step in the research, which has received support from the National Science Foundation, is to work with a third team to make sensors for use in outdoor areas.
“We have seen a huge need for sensors that can detect different kinds of movement,” Williams told Al Jazeera.
“These sensors are going to be used in all kinds of situations.”
Williams is also working with researchers from other universities to find ways to improve the sensor’s reliability, but said that a final product will be a work in progress.
“What we’re really trying to do is figure out what sensors are reliable enough and reliable enough for the environments that we’re looking at,” he said.
The Texas A&M team is now looking for investors to fund the development of the system.