The electronics' industry may not have returned to the form of its pre-2000 boom years, but business was still brisk at the 2006 Embedded Systems Conference. The conference and trade show, which ran from April 3-7 in San Jose, CA, drew more than 10,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors, including the likes of Microsoft, Intel, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, National Instruments and Sun Microsystems. Chip makers, such as Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, hinted at new products to be rolled out this summer, while software developers, including Green Hills, Wind River and LynuxWorks, rolled out new, embedded software products.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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