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A Trillion Sensors Are on the Way
7/15/2013

Researchers have demoed working circuits applied like tattoos.
Researchers have demoed working circuits applied like tattoos.

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Sanjib.A
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Printed sensors on skin
Sanjib.A   7/15/2013 11:46:49 PM
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It is great to know that printed sensor on skin like tatoos is already a feasible technology!! Days are not far when the imagination of fully functional artificial robotic limbs could be integrated with the bodies of the needed. But surely it will help medical science (or rather medi-tronics science :) ) a lot!

How does the sensor printed on skin communicate with the monitoring device...or how the monitoring device gather data from these sensors? 

LarryM99
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Organized sensors
LarryM99   7/16/2013 12:50:48 PM
A trillion sensors are one scenario, but a trillion organized sensors or much more intersting. The vast majority of these sensors are going to be servicing devices which are either not connected or do not publish the data from their sensors in an available way. Social media is starting to change this, making it popular to post information that is more rich in sensor readings, and companies like Google are making great strides in harvesting that information. You also have to wonder how far along the NSA and other government agencies are in doing that as well.

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Welcome back David
mcgrathdylan   7/16/2013 2:05:08 PM
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Great to see David Blaza gracing the pages of EE Times once again.


The semiconductor equipment industry should be excited about the Internet of Things. Everyone in the industry should. Kaivan Karimi, Freescale's IoT guru, told me recently that when the IoT cranks up in a few years, there will be over 100 billion microcontrollers shipped each year, up from about 10-15 billion this year. That's a serious increase in chips. They'll need a lot of new equipment to build those.

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David!!! Hurray!!!
Max The Magnificent   7/16/2013 4:14:11 PM
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Hi David -- it's GREAT to "see" you here!!! Now I'm wearing my happy face :-)

I know it's impossible to say -- but I would love to know how many regular (non-IoT) sensors have been deployed since say 1900 -- how many non-IoT sensors are in the world today -- how many IoT sensors are in the world today, and in what year do we expect to have 1 Trillion active IoT sensors?

dcblaza
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Re: David!!! Hurray!!!
dcblaza   7/16/2013 4:39:40 PM
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Max,  great questions and I'm sure there is data our there on sensors sold,  I can get MEMS sensors sold going back to their infancy but you wanted all the way back to 1900.  There are a few experts out there who can weigh in here,  I will ping them to respond.

Good to be back!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: David!!! Hurray!!!
Max The Magnificent   7/16/2013 4:41:30 PM
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@David: I will ping them to respond.

Be gentle ... but firm :-)

I await in dread anticipation :-)

Susan Rambo
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Re: Printed sensors on skin
Susan Rambo   7/16/2013 5:10:32 PM
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Reminds me of that Washington Mutual commercial (remember Washington Mutual?): The bankers are scanning customers' heads, after first stapling a barcode to their foreheads.  Great commercial, maybe a little too true...



 

junko.yoshida
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Re: Organized sensors
junko.yoshida   7/16/2013 5:13:05 PM
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LarryM99, I think you are spot on. The issue is how the industry can turn a trillion sensors into the organized, networked sensors -- to get data, information and intelligence that are useful.

It is the technology that lets people not just read the data collected by a trillion sensors, but makes sense of all. 

We are sitting only at the very beginning of what might become a revolution.

Tom Murphy
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Why not a gazillion?
Tom Murphy   7/16/2013 5:50:36 PM
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A trillion?  Really?  Let's get to a billion first, then 10 billion, then ask me again.  I've heard way too many optimistic forecasts of the future that never came true.  One trillion would be about 145 sensors for every person on the planet, all connected.  It's connecting them that's tricky.  On the plus side, we probably wouldn't need mobile phones anymore. 

 

Sanjib.A
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Re: Printed sensors on skin
Sanjib.A   7/16/2013 10:55:02 PM
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@Susan: That is a fantastic commercial. Thanks for sharing! :) Hope this doesn't happen. :)

Yesterday I was sharing the same topic (about printable sensors on human skin) with a few of my colleagues. One person who is working on making functional safety compliant products and always concerned about "failures" and "FMEA"s promptly asked: what if such a sensor which would gather important health related data & transmit to doctor's monitoring device somewhere is remote place malfunctions? Would it not cause unnecessary stress for both? shall we then have redundant sensors then? :)...unfortunately we had to stop our conversation there :)

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