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Technology and Trends

New Direction: Location and Motion Tracking Gets More Precise for Industrial Applications

PNI Sensor, a member of the SEMI-MSIG Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Technical Advisory Council, is developing advanced tracking systems that promise to increase industrial worker safety.

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When the Small Become Mighty: Sensors Fuel Transformation in Mobility

Connectivity. Electrification. Shared Mobility. Autonomous Driving. McKinsey & Company cites these four disruptive trends behind future mobility — dynamics that could help to transform quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

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The Tech Inside the Magic: A Top Disney Engineer Keynotes at Virtual MSEC 2020

At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers debuted Audio-Animatronics® in four attractions, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, General Electric Carousel of Progress, Ford Magic Skyway, and it’s a small world. As “a new...

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What’s Driving the Next 10 Years of MEMS?

MEMS sensors have come a long way over the past few decades. The late 1990’s brought us the mass production of both MEMS accelerometers for automotive air bag crash sensors and MEMS gyros for rollover detection and anti-locking braking systems...

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Augmenting Reality with MEMS Sensors

Jack McCauley understands the interplay between video game hardware and human interaction like few others in the industry. He designed the guitar and drums for Red Octane’s (later Activision’s) Guitar Hero video game series. As co-founder and...

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Beyond Yardsticks: Time-of-Flight Sensors Measure Social Distancing

Earlier this year when the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, began sprinting around the world, public health officials told us that social distancing was the most effective way to slow its spread. We’re now many months into the pandemic, and social...

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Not All COVID-19 Tests Are Created Equal – New Biosensors to Improve Speed and Connectivity

While the world awaits a working vaccine to protect us from COVID-19, we need to employ all available tools to help curb the spread of this novel virus. On the one hand, it’s remarkable that we’re relying on the same low-tech tools that our...

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Smart Mobility: An Impactful and High-Growth Market

About 70% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is driven by consumer demand. What consumers are looking for is influenced by, for example, fashion trends, product innovations, environmental forces, and personal interests. Regarding personal...

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Wearables on a Machine? The Next Frontier for MEMS

Inertial sensors have continued to underpin the success of wearables in increasingly important ways. Propelled by evolutionary advancements in inertial sensors, wearables have strayed from their humble beginnings in simple activity and wellness,...

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MEMS and Image Sensors Trends in the Age of COVID-19

MEMS and image sensors are shining stars in the chip industry as technology companies worldwide accelerate innovation in the fight against COVID-19. The tiny devices are behind advances in areas of electronics ranging from thermal imaging and...

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