Beyond the Apple Watch: How Quantum Sensors will Change the World

The recently announced Apple Watch is destined to make sensors cool, bringing new features to consumers who rely on sensors for motion, heart-rate and pressure. Cooler still may be the latest developments in quantum sensing that measure activity on a nanoscale.

The unique behavior of systems at the atomic scale allows for ultraprecise measurements that are starting to transform a variety of industries like medicine, agriculture and transportation. They have the potential to impact our lives much sooner than many other quantum-based technologies.

From futuristic “smart clothes” with built-in health sensors to driver-free cars with precise navigation systems based on atomic clocks (basically eliminating accidents), engineers will have the opportunity to develop all kinds of technologies with improved sensing. Here are a few applications where quantum sensing can make an impact in the near term.

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