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Slideshow: 'MEMS Inside the Machine'
10/29/2012

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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)
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)

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Beth Stackpole
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Exciting times for MEMS
Beth Stackpole   10/29/2012 8:34:25 AM
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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.

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Re: Exciting times for MEMS
naperlou   10/29/2012 10:42:12 AM
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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.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Exciting times for MEMS
Beth Stackpole   10/29/2012 10:44:14 AM
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I also noticed the big tie to Windows 8. So how does that alter the landscape in terms of developing and certifying around MEMS?

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notarboca   10/29/2012 3:27:29 PM
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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.

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Scott Orlosky   10/30/2012 10:43:41 AM
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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.

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Not to be paranoid?
GTOlover   10/30/2012 11:43:13 AM
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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!

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Not to be paranoid?
Beth Stackpole   10/31/2012 8:38:51 AM
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@GTOlover: You raise an interesting point about privacy around the data collected. Could it be used against a patient in terms of eligibility for insurance?

Charles Murray
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ECG in a Band-Aid
Charles Murray   11/1/2012 7:21:20 PM
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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.   

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