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January 2014

Tony Massimini to Speak at MEMS Education Series February 18

Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology for Semico Research, will speak at the MEMS Education Series:  Live in Scottsdale event.  This event will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  For more information, click here:  http://www.memsindustrygroup.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4238

Tony Massimini to Speak at SEMI Arizona Breakfast Forum April 17

Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology for Semico Research, will speak at the SEMI Arizona Breakfast Forum - Internet of Things.  This event will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Intel's Ocotillo Campus in Chandler.  For more information, click here:  http://www.semi.org/en/node/48626

Jim Feldhan to Speak at SEMI event March 26

Jim Feldhan, President of Semico Research, will speak at the SEMI Northeast Forum:  Wafers to Wall Street - Manufacturing Opportunities and Challenges.  This event will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Teradyne, in Reading, Massachusetts.  For more information, follow this link:  http://www.semi.org/en/node/48331

Beyond The CES Hype

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to realistically assess all the activity at CES 2014. The big screen TVs, the shiny new cars and all the excitement over Internet of Things certainly dazzled the CES show floor. But how much of it is hype and what will really become sustainable products?

Smart lighting, smart refrigerators, smart cars, and a smart thermostat are all part of what is being touted as the Internet of Things. The IoT scenario goes something like this: You’re driving home from work, and a voice in your car tells you to buy some eggs because there are no more in the refrigerator. Then, when you’re five miles away, your home thermostat is activated to turn on the heat so the house is warm and cozy when you arrive. Sounds like the ideal butler and a lot of WiFi chips.

All the new fitness gadgets and home medical devices also are worth watching. Wireless medical devices that enable Aging in Place really appeal to an aging population. From Fitbits to the Neubac to thought-controlled prosthetics, medical electronics for personal use is a growing consumer segment.

Another CES item that deserves attention are the 3D printing displays. Producing toys to musical instruments to candy is just one button away. From consumer to industrial, medical and even art, the applications are endless.

What Does the Internet of Things Need to Grow?

The number of devices with capability for sensing and connectivity is growing at an exponential rate.  Many companies look to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) to drive new growth for existing products and open up new business opportunities.  The concept of the IoT is far ranging.  As the name implies it is the interconnection of many things which encompass different functions. 

Smart Lighting Sponsorships

Place: Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Santa Clara, CA

Date: April 23, 2014

Attendee cost: Pre-registration $45.00, Walk-up $75.00

Target Audience: LED Designers, Lighting Designers, MEMS Manufacturers, OEMs, Semiconductor Foundries and IDMs, Utility Representatives, and Building Planners

Contact Joanne Itow to claim a Sponsorship. 

Semico IMPACT Smart Lighting 2014

Venue: Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Santa Clara, CA
Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Register:  $75 at the door.  Online registration has closed.

The Smart Lighting Series will focus on the revolution of the Solid State Lighting (SSL) industry and how it relates to building automation and the Internet of Things (IoT).  

Check out the Agenda here!

Topics include: 

Identify key trends in building automation and how smart lighting will drive commercial and retail adoption.  Address key questions:

  • Is smart lighting technology ready?  Where are the opportunities for semiconductor companies?
  • Where is the need/demand for smart lighting in commercial and residential applications?
  • Where are the development bottlenecks? 

As the development of solid state lighting (SSL) continues to advance, it opens the possibilities of integrating sensors, controls, connectivity and communications into luminaires.  As individual luminaires become smarter, the opportunity to integrate them into cost-effective smart buildings, automobiles and other applications emerges as a profitable business opportunity.  Commercial real estate offers one of the largest market opportunities for smart lighting, though ironically, SSL has made the least penetration into the commercial office lighting space. 

Keynotes include Cisco and PG&E, as well as Semico’s CTO, Tony Massimini who will open the discussion with Semico’s take on the IoT, Smart Home and how sensors will change the industry.  

And you won’t want to miss Light Think Studios, DainTree, Intematix, and Luminus Devices as they open a discussion on the panel entitled Smart Lighting: The Gateway to IoT?  The panel will be moderated by Konstantinos Papamichael, Co-Director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC-Davis.  

Please contact us directly if you're interested in attending or having a display table, as this event has limited seating.    

If you are an architect, LED manufacturer, a system designer or in building planning, plan to attend this event on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, California.

Online registration has closed.  Please register at the door at the event.

List price: $75.00

Terrifying Robots: Part 1

Yes, I'm starting this list out with a toy.  But just look at it: 

They're bringing DISCO back.  In toy form.  

The robot actually looks like a pretty cool birthday or christmas gift for that kid with the parents you want to drive crazy.  It has apps for iOS, Windows and Android, which let the user choreograph new dance steps for the robot when the 56 preprogrammed dance moves start getting old.  It has 8 different facial expressions, and will dance to clapping or really, any sound at all.  Which means, better yet, get that kid 2 Disco Robos so the fun never ends!  

Actually though, what really brings this robot into the terrifying side is the commercial.  

And that I kind of want one.

What Does the Internet of Things Need to Grow?

The number of devices with capability for sensing and connectivity is growing at an exponential rate.  Many companies look to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) to drive new growth for existing products and open up new business opportunities.  The concept of the IoT is far ranging.  As the name implies it is the interconnection of many things which encompass different functions. 

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