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July 2014

76% of Augmented Reality Devices will be Smart & Feature Phones, says Semico Research

The last few years have shown some amazing strides in augmented reality (AR), MEMS, mobile, Sensor Fusion, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  But what is hype and what is real value?  

MEMS shipped with Sensor Fusion solutions to drive MEMS sales to $9.2 billion by 2017, Says Semico Research

The market for Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) has been growing at a fast rate.  In 2013 the total MEMS market reached $16.8 billion in sales.  Nevertheless, MEMS cannot function by themselves but operate in conjunction with a controller.  

Sensor Fusion in a State of Flux as Companies Fuse Together

There has been a great deal of activity among companies within the sensor fusion ecosystem.  Mergers and acquisitions are changing the competitive landscape. 

As a quick background, sensor fusion is the technology of combining data from multiple sensors and deriving intelligence from that data.  It is the foundation for motion tracking, navigation, context awareness, location based services, augmented reality and more.  It is the basis for future innovative applications.  The brains behind sensor fusion is in the algorithms.  This is usually embedded in a 32-bit microcontroller core or similarly powerful processing device, known as a sensor hub.

In May 2014, Fairchild announced the acquisition of Xsens the Dutch company known for motion tracking software.  Xsens has been doing motion tracking for film and other such applications.  It has modules with low cost consumer grade inertial motion MEMS sensors from STMicroelectronics.  At the time of the acquisition, Fairchild also announced that it would be bringing MEMS sensors to market soon as well.

Adrienne Downey to Speak on 3D Printing at SEMICON West

3D printing is making its mark in almost every field of design, from fashion to art to architecture.  If you can imagine it, you can print it.  The printing process allows designers to make things lighter using materials and techniques they haven’t been able to use before, and to completely customize designs for their application.  3D printing slashes prototype turn-around times from months to weeks, days, or even hours.  This innovative manufacturing method enables engineers to design higher-quality products while reducing time-to-market.

3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution

3D printing is taking the manufacturing and design worlds by storm, and has gained everyone's attention.  In recent years, 3D printer prices have dropped substantially, and a wide variety of printable materials is available.  You don't need to be a CAD expert to create a 3D-printable file.  Media attention has helped further accelerate the industry's momentum.  This market is experiencing rapid growth and lots of change, which is why

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3D Printing: Can You Imagine the Possibilities?

3D printing is being used in many more applications than most people realize.  But the most exciting applications for 3D printing are the ones that haven’t even been conceived of yet.  It’s exciting to realize we are on the cusp of a manufacturing revolution that affects so many different industries already. 

If you have been to the movies lately, you’ve likely seen 3D printing in action.  Movies from “Iron Man” to “ParaNorman” used 3D printing, while Disney’s upcoming “Big Hero 6” features a main character designing and printing a robot armor suit.  What 3D printing has brought to Hollywood is the ability to quickly make designs for directors to approve, easily make iterative changes to the designs, add amazing detail, and create parts much more efficiently than doing it by hand. 

3D-Printed Glove Pieces for “Iron Man” 

Iron Man 2 costume

Source:  Fastcompany.com

3D-Printed Faces for “ParaNorman”

How 3D printing changed the face of 'Paranoman'

Source:  engadget.com

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