3M is one of the most innovative companies on the planet, and understands consumer trends. So we have been looking forward to their previously announced touch screen efforts for past few years. Suddenly, high volume is ramping up, but on which of the 3 types of films is the major volume, and who are some early adopters? Silver nanowire had some environmental and safety issues in past R/D work, but we assume is better understood now. The 2 micron silver mesh sounds like the best idea of the three, but do they have reliability data published yet?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.