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Michael.Markowitz
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Shaping the Future of MEMS and Sensors Summit
Michael.Markowitz   9/25/2013 10:48:42 AM
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The 1st "Shaping the Future of MEMS and Sensors" Summit attracted more than 300 engineers and, in addition to Janusz' presentation, attendees heard from experts across the industry. It is clear that the sensor revolution is just beginning!

If anyone wants to take a look at the presentations, they are available at http://www.st.com/web/en/special_events/mems_event_agenda.html

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Must be the season of MEMS
Maleficent   9/25/2013 11:48:29 AM
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MEMS Executive Congress logo

It's great to see this groundswell of support for the MEMS industry. MEMS Industry Group is hosting another MEMS-focused event in November: MEMS Executive Congress US 2013 -- November 7-8 in Napa. Speakers will include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, ARM, Samsung Electronics, Cisco, Jawbone, Qualcomm Life, Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Intel Capital and more.

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krisi   9/25/2013 5:51:08 PM
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amazing enough mems technology was developed 30 years ago...I find it amazing that it is suddenly such a success story

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Good MEMS summary
Susan Rambo   9/25/2013 6:59:52 PM
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Thanks for this article, Colin. Anyone interested in a quick overview of developments in MEMS should check this out.

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R_Colin_Johnson   9/25/2013 7:35:36 PM
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Of course, MEMS' oldest success story is automotive, since it is the only technology fast enough to trigger an airbag. Also every ink jet printer uses MEMS inside the its cartridges to dipense the ink--its the razor blade thrown away after use--which to this day is still a bigger market than consumer. However, as consumer electronics proliferate--with nearly everybody on the planet wielding a smartphone with multiple MEMS chips inside--the pace is quicking still. Healthcare and wellness, of course, is the new frontier, but motion-sensing remote controls is also a big deal--especially if a new Apple TV is releases (as rumored) using MEMS motion sensors, which could prompt a new round of lookalikes as did the iPhone and iPad before it.

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krisi   9/25/2013 8:01:24 PM
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thank you Colin...great, brief explanation

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wilber_xbox   9/26/2013 8:52:48 AM
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Collin, the news of MEMS application in healthcare sector has been there for few years without much growth. Why is there no or little progress? Also, which companies are making progress in healthcare and medical equipments sector.

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R_Colin_Johnson   9/26/2013 9:03:09 PM
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The progress so far, at least in terms of volume, has been for wellness devices such as Nike Fuel, FitBit and the like. FDA approval is an obstacle to healthcare, but a handful have surmounted that hurtle, such as Preventice and its  BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System which "sends the hospital home with the patient".

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daleste   9/26/2013 9:52:45 PM
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Medical MEMs for monitoring and medicine delivery should start to become part of the market.  It will be high ASP but low volume.

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MEMS Markets
lakehermit   9/27/2013 4:24:21 PM
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I wish someone would start putting MEMS devices in hand held power tools to reduce or stop dangerous kickbacks when the blade or bit unexpectedly sticks in the workpiece. They are fast enough that they could virtually instantly reduce or disconnect the power to the motor hundreds or thousands of milliseconds before the operator can take his finger off of the trigger.  

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