Klaus Meder, President, Bosch Automotive Electronics
The MEMS Generation: Why Miniature ‘Machines’ are changing the User Experience with Everything
MEMS has dominated the automotive industry for decades, and now innovations are moving us toward cars that drive themselves, have zero emissions and meet the ubiquitous connectivity needs of today’s consumer. Leveraging this experience, MEMS manufacturers are also meeting consumer demand for more functional products that promote an interconnected lifestyle, helping your daily technologies communicate with each other and most importantly, with you.
All panels moderated by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
Panel 1: How to Never Get Lost in a Mall or a Museum: Indoor Navigation and the Smartphone
MEMS accelerometers, gyros, magnetometers and even pressure sensors are quickly becoming standard in smartphones. But what are consumers going to do with these super-intelligent 10-axis mobile devices? If you’ve ever been to a shopping mall, a museum or even to the International CES, you can probably appreciate a mobile electronic device that gives you true indoor navigation. You won’t just see a map of an indoor space. You’ll get step-by-step directions of HOW to get to the Samsung booth, the Monet or the food court – and what level.
MEMS suppliers have brought the core hardware and software technology to market. Join our panel of MEMS industry experts as they discuss the path to this hot new application area and the goals (and dreams!) of carriers and content providers as they envision a world with indoor navigation.
Panel 2: A Whole New Look for Digital Displays
MEMS technology has long been used to improve consumer satisfaction with the digital display. With its roots in rear-projection televisions and home theater systems, MEMS is leading a renaissance in projection systems though the smallest projectors imaginable: the pico projector. Whether embedded in smartphones as pico-projector ‘modules’ or kitted out as plug-n-play accessory devices, pico projectors bring that ‘big-screen’ viewing experience to mobile users.
While the pico projector may one day be the next big thing, the tablet has already arrived. What is the true value of all that beautiful multimedia content without a good display to showcase its vividness? MEMS-based technologies are the ‘secret ingredient’ in natural-looking color displays that look clear even in the brightest environment. MIG has gathered visionaries from consumer-electronic display companies to explore the latest innovations in display technology.
Panel 3: MEMS, Signal Quality, Smart Sound and the Mobile Handset
Another day, another dropped call, another dropped phone! MEMS is increasingly helping mobile handset manufacturers to rectify some of the technical problems with mobile phones that drive consumers crazy. New RF MEMS “tunable antennas” are improving signal quality and are reducing dropped calls. MEMS oscillators and microphones are helping manufacturers to create more physically robust phones while simultaneously preserving signal integrity and increasing sound quality. MIG has invited speakers from companies leading the way in improving performance and reliability of mobile handsets.