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Japanese company develops heat, humidity sensor for shipping wine

NGK Insulators' bendable device attaches to bottles and other curved items

The paper-thin sensor, which comes with a display, is powered by NGK's EnerCera lithium-ion batery. (Photo courtesy of NGK Insulators)

NAGOYA -- A Japanese ceramics company will introduce a tag-like electronic sensor that can be attached to bottles of fine European wines to monitor humidity and temperature during shipping.

NGK Insulators, which manufactures ceramic-based products including large energy storage systems, will begin testing the paper-thin sensor as early as October.

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