Musical MEMS?

Written by: Stephen Whalley, Chief Strategy Officer, MEMS Industry Group

I had the pleasure of attending the 8th Annual Body Computing Conference on October 3rd 2014.  This was the second year I have attended, and once again it did not disappoint.  In one jam-packed day, this conference spearheaded by Dr. Leslie Saxon, Executive Director USC Center For Body Computing, brought together digital health rock stars of innovation from startups to the traditional establishments, investors, academics, athletes, and the general healthcare and technology supply chain.  While I could point out a number of interesting new devices, software, APPs and services that were announced at the conference, I’d like to give a brief mention of just one.

SingFit is a musical therapy mobile app.  It’s actually a bit of a stretch to mention it at all as it uses little to no MEMS technology.  I highlight it though as it won the Body Computing and Skullcandy SLAM contest.  The win highlights a growing trend in using music as a way to help patients comply with their therapies.  It is also fun and shows great results.  Rachel Francine and Andy Tubman developed and created the SingFit app to find new solutions for everything from autism and depression to chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease, by using the world’s oldest medicine, music, in a 21st century fashion. SingFit digitizes the evidence-based music therapy technique of lyric prompting, which enables practically everyone, including those with dementia, autism and traumatic brain injuries to sing on a regular basis in order to achieve therapeutic goals.  The videos that Andy showed at the event were truly inspiring.  They motivated me to think about what could be done if more MEMS and sensors were used in this way.

The Body Computing Conference topics and general industry landscape point to MEMS/sensors being front and center of the mobile health and handheld/wearable device discussion. During the conference, various speakers mentioned the current and future use and impact of MEMS/sensors throughout the day.

While there have been tremendous advancements in MEMS over the past two decades to meet the demanding needs of high-volume automotive and consumer electronics, we are still in our relative infancy when it comes to small form factor, low-power, low-cost mobile biosensors being applied in wellness and medical applications to deliver an easy-to-use consumer experience.  As one analyst and panel discussion pointed out, the future is not wearable…it’s invisible.  Is the MEMS/sensor industry capable of delivering on this future anytime soon?  When will implantable sensors, skin tattoo sensors and sensor-based clothing actually be a reality for the masses?  Lots more work to do here whether you believe it’s upon us already or will happen for the next generation.

The ‘more work to do’ aspect has got to involve closer cooperation between the healthcare industry and MEMS/sensor technologists.  While Dr. Saxon ‘s work and conference are a bright spot in bringing technological innovation into healthcare settings, and AliveCor is a notable success story here, we are just scratching the surface of the opportunity and the challenges still to come.

The good news is that many individuals, companies and industry bodies are coming together to discuss and debate the issues.  We need to move quickly to not just observe these challenges but to join and co-create the future of digital health.   MEMS Industry Group has formed a healthcare working group to focus on what we can do to better serve not only the needs of our members and industry but to see how we can better serve the needs of the healthcare industry and our co-creation partners there.  There will be a panel and topic table session on this at the upcoming MEMS Executive Congress US 2014, November 5-7, Scottsdale, AZ.  Come sing, dance and co-create with us!

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January 10 – 13, 2012

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Consumer MEMS to See Highest Growth Yet This Year at 37 Percent

Smartphones and media tablets drive expansion; 3-axis gyroscope is the star MEMS device

Contributed by Jérémie Bouchaud, Director and Principal Analyst, MEMS, iSuppli

The MEMS market for its largest and most dynamic sector, consumer and mobile devices, is set to generate record growth in 2011 on the back of robust exposure in smart-phone and tablet applications, according to a Consumer & Mobile MEMS Market Tracker report from information and analysis provider IHS.

Revenue in 2011 for consumer and mobile MEMS will hit $2.25 billion, up a best-ever expansion level of 37 percent, compared to the previous high-water mark of 27 percent in 2010 when revenue reached $1.64 billion. Consumer MEMS growth slowed to 6 percent in 2009 during the crucial period of recovery following the deep economic crisis of the prior year, but that has proven to be the only soft spot for the market. Overall, the five-year revenue prospects starting from 2010 call for solid growth by a factor of nearly three to $4.54 billion in 2015, equivalent to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 22.5 percent.

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Explore “MEMS Sensor Fusion/Sensor Networks”

November 2-3, 2011
Monterey Plaza Resort & Spa
An annual executive forum promoting the commercialization of MEMS

As engineers combine MEMS devices with integrated circuits to create feature-rich heterogeneous environments, embedded systems have become more complex. Now smartphones may include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, silicon microphones, RF MEMS, and even micro-displays, to produce a “full package” of intelligence for end-user applications. These new systems require “sensor fusion,” which intelligently combines data, software and processing from different sensors (including MEMS). And while consumer products and automotive systems top the list for high-volume MEMS consumption, biomedical/healthcare, industrial and energy increasingly use MEMS technology as well.

The panel will discuss the critical issues affecting MEMS systems integration such as: What is the future of “MEMS sensor fusion”—integrating MEMS with ICs and software in the same application (and even the same package) while meeting or exceeding cost, power and performance requirements? How are MEMS sensors producing more intelligent, and pervasive, wireless networks? How might technologies such as Hewlett-Packard’s “Central Nervous System of the Earth” (CeNSE) change our information infrastructure—and what is its potential impact on society?

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Moderator: Michael Jamiolkowski, President & CEO, Coventor

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