David Gaber of EPSON recently took the time to chat with MEMS Industry Group...
Q: It’s our round – what are you having?
A. I’ll take a triple wheatgrass shot, please. The new Pulsense watch from Epson is helping me stay fit and healthy by delivering extremely accurate real-time data about my daily exercise regimen, heart rate and sleep patterns, right to my smartphone. Pulsense continuously detects heart rate from my wrist and monitors my sleep patterns utilizing Epson’s new optical and inertial sensing technologies.
The Pulsense watches are one of many new devices that echo Epson’s commitment to developing products for improving quality of life. Leveraging Epson’s new optical and inertial sensing technologies, Pulsense watches make highly-accurate health monitoring accessible to everyone who is willing to wear a wristwatch or wristband. Watch this video from Epson for more information: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/fitness-sports-tracker.do
Q: A great picture is worth a thousand words – please show us yours.
A. Epson continues to refine its compact, energy saving and high precision technologies. Based on this concept, the company is looking to drive innovation changes in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing based on its core technologies (Micro Piezo, MicroDisplay, and Sensing) and create products and services that exceed customer expectations. Epson is also looking to grow by drawing on these technologies to respond to needs in new domains such as the sports, personal healthcare and medical markets.
Q: What’s hot in MEMS and sensors and what is your company’s role in it?
A. Data is everywhere – the key is being able to collect and exploit it. For many years Epson has been a leader in high-accuracy sensing, providing powerful and cost-effective MEMS solutions for a wide range of applications in the commercial and industrial markets. As the global Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure continues to mature, Epson is advancing its technologies as well, fusing high performance MEMS with algorithmic and processing intelligence, providing the means to detect, process and act upon data in the environment.
Q: Where is the MEMS and sensors industry heading, and how are you engaging the MEMS and sensors supply chain?
A. Increased performance and functionality with reduced integration time. For example, the newest additions to Epson’s inertial measurement unit (IMU) product line include features which allow integrators to quickly hook-in other sensors and data sources for navigation and orientation tracking.
Q: What’s on your highlight reel of major technological accomplishments over the past 20 years?
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Q: We’re giving you a ‘mulligan’ – what would you do over?
A. Naturally, Epson leveraged its world-class Quartz crystal oscillator engineering and manufacturing expertise to gain entrance into the industrial sensing market. This strategy was a perfect way for Epson to deliver new products with a higher level of integration because of the importance timing plays in industrial navigation and positioning – two core applications for Epson’s inertial sensing products. In early marketing efforts, the timing component of these system-level inertial measurement units (IMUs) was not really promoted, despite the fact that the Epson QMEMS-based timing device inside was actually one of the most attractive features!
Q: What is the biggest hurdle limiting MEMS commercialization?
A. The speed at which market requirements change is roughly 2-3x faster than the speed at which new MEMS devices can be developed, qualified and mass-produced. It’s a market demand versus infrastructure management issue.
Q: What are the MEMS and sensors products you can’t wait to see?
A. Small, lightweight glasses that replace the smartphone, wallet, wristwatch and laptop, drawing all required power from the environment. More advanced processors and intelligent algorithms that can leverage the display capabilities of Epson’s Moverio smart glasses for enhanced situational awareness. Improved magnetic sensors and enhanced GPS receivers that utilize Epson’s high-accuracy QMEMS-based crystal oscillator and sensing technologies for navigation and gesturing capability.
Q: Anything special you wish to comment on to the MIG newsletter audience?
A. For more information about Epson’s MEMS and sensor products, please visit:
B. For more information about Epson’s MEMS-based Moverio Smart Glasses, please visit:
There is a lot coming from Epson very soon – stay tuned for more MEMS-based products!