MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase 2014

Finalists

Babolat Play, the first connected tennis racket allows every player to live a unique experience based on progression, fun and sharing.

Analyze your game :

Know more about your game to better perform. Analyze all aspects of your game: your style, new skills, when your backhand is getting better, or when you break a personal record.

Follow your evolution :

Track the progression of your game. Get an easy and detailed overview of your development by clicking on your past sessions to see where you were, and how you have improved.

Check your pulse :

Get an overview of your tennis game with “Pulse”: a dynamic interface that changes according to the power, the technique and the endurance of your game. “Pulse” changes according to your game improvement and motivates you to play more.

Compare your performance to the rest of the Babolat Play community. Compare your “Pulse” and other data to a friend’s on a one-to-one level.

 


 

   

Nod’s touchless interaction ushers in the next revolution of input, where the human body becomes the input device. Nod is an advanced gesture control ring, and acts as a universal controller, allowing effortless communication with smart devices in one’s connected life. Nod supports intuitive micro-gestures including swipes, rotations, multi-finger and 3D gestures for natural interaction.

Nod captures spatial motion with an accuracy of <0.1 mm, waterproof to 5 ATM, is always ON and sensing, registers direction precisely and can accurately detect proximity. Nod sensors include accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. High-impact use cases that have been demonstrated are:

  • Virtual/Augmented Reality Input: Immersive input for an immersive reality experience. Using Nod, gamers can gesture through virtual worlds and interact with objects on head mounted displays by reaching, grabbing, and moving around with natural gestures.
  • Console Gaming: The hardware can mimic the equivalent of a 32,000 DPI gaming mouse. Nod can also be used for mobile and virtual reality
  • Immersive Entertainment: Nod enables full interaction with Smart TVs, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles. Use natural gestures to navigate and search for content.
  • Ambient Control: Point-and-operate gestures can be used to switch on/off lights or turn up/down thermostats. Location of connected devices in the home is established by indoor localization, proximity and directionality.
  • Gestural Text Input: When coupled with Nod’s contextual the device facilitates touch-free rapid text entry on multiple platforms, encompassing small to large screens as well as wearable displays like Google Glass or Pebble Watch.
  • Authentication / Device Unlock: Access the world around you – unlock smartphones, computers and other online services using proximity to the device (based on a unique ID) and personalized gestures as second factor authentication. Nod can also be used to unlock physical smart doors.

Nod works with devices you already use: phones, tablets (iOS/Android/Windows), computers (Mac OSX/Windows), Bluetooth/WiFi-enabled bulbs, Nest, Google Glass, smart watches, home appliances, and smart TVs. Developers can make apps Nod-enabled using the open SDK on Nod’s OpenSpatial platform.

https://www.hellonod.com/


 

   


    

The new screen- and spray-printing technology incorporated into Brewer Science’s TH1022 temperature and humidity sensor allows the device to respond rapidly to changes in humidity. This sensor responds to a change in humidity present on the surface of the sensor within a time of 10 ms and recovers to equilibrium humidity in about 40 ms. Based on a review of the current literature [1], we estimate this sensor to be about an order of magnitude faster than relative humidity sensors currently on the market. This sensor operates at room temperature and does not require temperature control. An integrated temperature sensor is also incorporated into the design for the measurement of absolute humidity. The advanced purified and separated carbonaceous materials used in the construction of the device provide for short- and long-term reproducibility and stability.

As a result of this high-speed humidity response, new non-equilibrium sensing applications for the technology can be achieved. Some of these applications include touch-free I/O interfaces, speech recognition (security), and breathing monitoring applications. The technology can be incorporated into existing sensor designs, in discrete packaged transducers, or into devices printed on a variety of substrates. The inherent sensor morphology is flexible, thin (~30 nm thick), and scalable to areas on the order of 100 µm2. The key to making these sensors commercially viable is the use of highly purified, electronics-grade, non-silicon-based materials for ensuring a high degree of stability.

Brewer Science’s TH1022 sensor may be easily incorporated into a wireless environmental monitoring system. It has been tested using Zigbee®, Bluetooth®, and WiFi technologies. The TH1022 sensor requires a very low excitation current and therefore offers low-power  (<25 pW) operation, which is ideal for applications where long battery lifetime is important.

References

[1] Vaisala Radiosonde RS41-SG datasheet (www.vaisala.com)


     

 

Problem:  Monitoring keg beer inventory in real time has been a challenging issue for the keg beer purveyor.  Establishments typically rely upon the “kick test” or “shake test” to ascertain their current inventory.  Systems that measure beer flow or weigh kegs exist, but have inherent shortcomings.  Refrigerated keg beer storage is expensive, as is loss of revenue from empty inventory, making inventory management a priority.

Background: Beer is drawn off of a keg through a device called a coupler.  The coupler mounts to the top of a keg allowing for simultaneous withdrawal of the beer and injection of the propellant (CO2).  The hydrostatic pressure of the beer as compared to its propellant at a fixed height above the bottom of the keg is convertible to a volume of fluid remaining in the keg for a given keg style.

Solution:  KegData developed an innovative beer monitoring solution using the principles of fluid dynamics.  At the heart of the system is the Freescale pressure transducer.  The KegData patented coupler uses this accurate, simple, and compact pressure transducer to measure the differential pressure between the propellant and beer.  Calculations using this pressure along with the standard specifications of the attached keg provide a wealth of information.  The system connects these transducers to an on-coupler processing unit which analyzes the data for the various known states and wirelessly transmits this data to a central hub.  A hub accumulates data from multiple kegs and relays this information to an offsite server for compilation and presentation to the user in an intuitive graphical user interface.  With characteristic waveforms for each state, the coupler reports when the faucet is opened, when it is closed, and how much beer remains in the keg.  Finally, the characteristic waveform that occurs as the dip tube first clears the fluid of a just emptying keg provides for an instant and automatic mechanical un-tapping of the keg, thereby preventing gas and foam from flooding the beer lines and wasting product.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014

Selected Demo Notification: Last week of September 2014       Participant Prep Call: October 23, 2014

 

Call for Demos

MIG is looking for the coolest MEMS- and sensors-enabled products of the year!

MEMS Industry Group® (MIG), the trade association advancing MEMS and sensors across global markets, is pleased and excited to announce that we will be hosting the 4th annual MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at the 10th annual MEMS Executive Congress® US!

MIG is currently seeking submissions from startups, established companies, researchers, and individuals seeking to demo their products to senior-level executives from MEMS and sensors companies, attending the 2014 MEMS Executive Congress. We are looking for new and innovative products to address needs in the consumer marketplace. Each demo submission (1000 words or less) needs to clearly define which aspects of MEMS and/or sensors will be demonstrated and how. Additionally, each presenter must display the significance of the contribution that their product is making/will make on the current tech market or application.

Each selected presenter will receive one complimentary two-day pass to MEMS Executive Congress US 2014. At the Congress, participants will have five minutes to present their demo live and five minutes for Q&A from the audience as part of the MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase. Presenters will also receive a table on which to display their demo during lunch at MEMS Executive Congress US, to give attendees a closer look. Presenters will be responsible for providing any additional equipment for their demo and any special requirements must be communicated to MIG upon entry. At the conclusion of the Technology Showcase, audience members will vote to select the winner.

All participants will have their product featured in a pre-event media advisory, which will also include your product photo. This media advisory tends to be a favorite among press so you have an excellent chance of getting press coverage on your product—even before the Showcase starts.

If you win the Technology Showcase, you will receive

  • One year of free MIG membership
  • Highlighted call-out in MIG post-event press release with your product photo
  • Potential greater visibility among media attending the event
  • The title, crown and bragging rights of the 2014 MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

Please contact Ellen Saksen with any questions.  We look forward to receiving your information!

PRODUCT APPLICATION

Please send your submission to Ellen Saksen at MIG (esaksen@memsindustrygroup.org) and provide all the information below.

1. Company Name

2. Product Name

3. < 1000 Word Product Abstract

4. Type of MEMS and/or Sensors in your product

5. A two-minute video clip demonstrating the product (YouTube is okay)

6. Two high resolution images of the product demo