MEMS Technology Showcase gives attendees an inside look at some of the most promising and fascinating MEMS-enabled apps in the business, according to MIG.
Each finalist will get five minutes to "wow" the audience, who will vote for their favorite product via text message or the new MEMS Executive Congress mobile app. Moderator Shawn G. DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research of the Consumer Electronics Association, will both host the Showcase and "crown" the winner at the end of the day.
Click on the image below to see the six finalists.
Freescale Semiconductor's 12-axis Xtrinsic sensor platform for Windows 8
extends sensor fusion in tablets, slates, laptops, and other portable devices. This complete hardware and software reference platform fuses accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope data using a Freescale ColdFire+ MCU. It also features a "smart" pressure sensor that provides pressure and altitude data. Certified for Windows 8. (Source: Freescale Semiconductor)
Slide 6 looks like they're getting closer to developing ECG (electrocardiogram) in a Band-Aid, which has been the Holy Grail in medical electronics for the past few years. I'm wondering how close they are to finally making it happen.
The last one that monitors activity and health. This sounds great on the surface, but I can envision the government or insurance agencies suggesting (mandate by volunteering) one wears this for a specified time to "charge" the individual appropriately. It will be billed as a health accessment to save you money.
The other stuff is really cool, especially the boards!
Early in my design career I was working on inertial guidance instrumentation (gyros, accelerometers, etc.). I remember one particular brainstorming session in which we were trying to imagine where these instruments could be used in the commercial sector since all of our work was military and aerospace at the time. Needless to say - none of us ever foresaw a time when we could each carry our own portable navigation system in a phone/tablet. Amazing how far this technology has come.
I like Light Bohrd skateboarding enhancement ( 70's skate rat) and the Orbotix offering of virtual golfing, but I am most impressed with the VUE patch. I would buy one immediately when they are in production.
Beth, these are indeed exciting time for this technology. Windows 8 gives a new boost to the industry by having a new platform to certify for. I was especially interested in the last one. Marty Cooper, who was on the team that built the world's first hand held mobile cell phone at Motorola, is very big on talking about how technology will help revolutionize medicine. One of the devices he shows in his standard talk is this device. The idea of keeping track of your caloric intake and usage can help people in all types of situations. Providing that type of information is a key step forward in getting control of our health and gearing it toward prevention instead of treatment.
Looks like some really interesting things in the MEMS space going on under the covers. I particularly like the posture/fitness app, as I, for one, could benefit from someone reminding me to sit up straight. My son is an avid long boarder/snowboarder and I wouldn't mind the addition of some LED lights for his rig, especially when he insists on being out at dusk.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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