I completely Agree.
As MEMS and other sensors enjoy a period of increased uptake and acceptance by CE application designers, technologists begin to look to the future of MEMS and their application - e.g., the goal of One Trillion MEMS (unit and $). Applications/Concepts that may drive this level of volume will include 'Digital Cities', etc, that create the need for MEMS/Sensors everywhere or the idea of wearable MEMS or implantable MEMS. Many of these concepts readily exist in disciplines outside of the MEMS or Sensor industry and while the MEMS guys dream of high volumes driven by such applications, computer scientists and social scientists readily contemplate existing concepts like Social/Contestual Awareness and, possibly new concepts like the Social Area Network (SAN) or the 'Body Area Network' (BAN). Its my belief that we can do some very interesting, creative and commercially viable things today if we brought together the right team from these seemingly disparate disciplines to implement a solution that served (at least for now) a "particular" or "specific" solution - these "Sensor Cell" (SC) solutions could be later tied together in a broader network of SC's to realize the broader dream of a digital city or a Boday Area Network that communicated with other people around you to augment your own interactions - its very interesting stuff and it needn't be science fiction, much or all of what is needed is here today - whats missing is the vision to put the pieces together and build a use case scenario that will pioneer a demonstration of such technologies!
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