Part of dMASS thinking entails getting resources where they need to be to do what they need to do, as precisely as possible. A tiny new sensor being developed by Cornell University researchers will help farmers determine precisely how much water crops need, ultimately reducing water use while increasing agricultural performance.

The chips are more powerful, less costly, and more automated than similar sensors currently available for detecting moisture in soil or concrete. They are also small enough to be embedded in grape vines, where they can detect moisture levels and log data or wirelessly transmit it back to farmers.

For more information on how the chip works and potential applications in agriculture, manufacturing, and building materials, visit Cornell's Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization.