Category Archives: Health

GPGPUs, Molecule Robots, and UAVs! Oh MY!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s episode of Fish Fry has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick, but has everything to do with molecular robots programmed with DNA, general purpose computing on GPUs, and featherweight systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.  We start things off with a closer look at the creation of a new amoeba-like molecular robot by a team of researchers in Japan. This robot that can continuously change its shape, propel itself with cell-like motion, and can be controlled by DNA signals that respond to light. Also this week, we delve into the world of GPGPUs with Doug Patterson from AITech. Doug and I discuss the challenges GPGPUs were created to solve and where general purpose computing on GPUs is headed from here. We also dig into the details of a new featherweight system created by AITech and ADLINK developed for unmanned aerial vehicles.  

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Links for March 17, 2017

More information about Aitech

Micrometer-sized molecular robot changes its shape in response to signal molecules (Article)

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Less Silicon, More Brain

It all started in 1976 with a pressure control sensor in an automotive design. The sensor revolution began, and we had no idea that in forty short years we would be looking at sensors and MEMS-enabled systems that would drive around thirty million connected devices. In this week’s Fish Fry, we bring you the coolest innovations and groundbreaking designs from this year’s MEMS Executive Congress in Scottsdale Arizona. We’ve got a selection of interviews from the Technology Showcase including a new always-on piezoelectric MEMS microphone, a biometric gaming application that uses real-time biometric data, the world’s first SmartCase with built-in microprocessing technology, and much more.

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Links for November 11, 2016

More information about the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

More information about Vesper

More information about Valencell

More information about IDT - Integrated Device Technology

More information about i-BLADES

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Accuracy in Motion

We all want to trust that our wearable device is measuring our health and fitness accurately, but what does that truly mean? In this week’s Fish Fry, Dr. Steven LeBoeuf (President - Valencell) and I discuss the forces driving the wearable market today, what the future holds for wearable technology, and why he thinks inaccuracy and “death by discharge” are two of the biggest design challenges facing wearable technology designers today. Also this week, we check out how you can enter the MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at this year's MEMS Executive Congress and how Cadence Design Systems' new Virtuoso ADE Product Suite can address the different requirements and challenges for your team's analog design tools.

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Links for August 12, 2016

More information about Valencell

More information about the 2016 MEMS Executive Congress

Enter your design in the MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product Suite

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Size Matters

Innovation big and small is the name of the game in this week's episode of Fish Fry. First up, we examine the newest advances in touchscreen technology with Jon Brodd and Kelly Ingham from Cima NanoTech. Jon and Kelly reveal the details of their (almost) larger-than-life touchscreens and help us plot a course to the future of touchscreen technology. Also this week, we take a closer look at a new wireless neurotransmitter being developed at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of Microelectronics and Biospark Technologies that could change the face of pain management forever. 

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Links for January 29, 2016

More information about Cima NanoTech

Cima NanoTech Powers the Next Generation of Large Touch Screen Displays

New Wireless Implantable Device from A*STAR’S IME and Biospark to Improve Chronic Pain Management

New Episode of  Chalk Talk - Introducing the Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform


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The Internet of Aging

In this week’s Fish Fry, we investigate an innovative new solution called the Sensara Senior Lifestyle System from GreenPeak Technologies. This new sensor-assisted program brings together sensors and smart cloud technologies to create a service application that helps elderly people live more securely in their homes, while also providing peace of mind to their loved ones and caretakers. Cees Links (CEO - GreenPeak Technologies) joins Fish Fry to explain how this new system works and why in this case, the idea of Big Brother might not be that bad. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t use a camera!

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Links for December 4, 2015

More information about GreenPeak Technologies

Senior Lifestyle, a new Internet of Things application, enables seniors to live longer independently at home! (GreenPeak Whitepaper)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: M8/M12 Connector System

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Show Me the MEMS Money

It’s that time of year again. When the accelerometers run cold, the gyroscopes start changing colors and float gently to the ground, and the magnetometers tuck themselves in for the long winter ahead. Yes, it's time for our annual MEMS Executive Congress run down. With a little help from Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris, we have the scoop on coolest technologies featured at this year’s MEMS Executive Congress MEMS and Sensor Technology Showcase. From smart baby monitors to the newest in anisotropic magneto-resistive (AMR) sensor technology to the new (and super cool) Bosch eBike, this week’s Fish Fry has a little bit of MEMS action for everyone. Also this week, we check out the details of On Semiconductor’s new MatrixCam Video Development Kit.

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Links for November 13, 2015

More information about the 2015 MEMS Executive Congress

More information about the 2015 MEMS Executive Congress MEMS and Sensor Technology Showcase

New Episode of Chalk Talk: MatrixCam Video Developent Kit from ON Semiconductor

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Takin’ It to the Field

As engineers we have the power to change the world. We have the ability to spark change (and blue smoke occasionally) and help cure the ills that plague our society. Did you know that according to a study published by the New York Times, brain trauma affects one in three players in the National Football League? My guest Sagar Jethani (element14) is here to introduce us to Element14's Sudden Impact Challenge, a design contest intended to help stem the tide of undiagnosed on-field injuries. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the Sudden Impact Design Contest winners and examine why contests like this one are so vital to our engineering community as a whole. Also this week, we check out Cadence’s new Indago Debug platform (spoiler alert: your printf days may be over for good).  

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Links for September 18, 2015

More information about Element14's Sudden Impact Design Challenge

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Announcing Indago Debug Platform

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Sensing a New Generation

In this week’s Fish Fry we explore a whole new world of wearable technologies with Julian Penders from Bloom Technologies. Julian (co-author of “Wearable Technologies for Healthier Pregnancies”) and I talk about how wearable technologies can help monitor lifestyle behaviors. We’ll be looking at the future of wearable technologies targeted for pregnancy, and discussing how these technologies pose additional challenges. Also this week, I check out Cadence’s new Innovus tool suite and reveal how it could make routing your million gate IC design just a little bit easier.

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Links for July 3, 2015

More information about Bloom Technologies

Whitepaper: Wearable Sensors for Healthier Pregnancies

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

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Baby You Can Drive My Car

Hold on tight ladies and gents! This week I'm flying down the IoT Highway, and I’m taking you with me. Our first stop is a little Consumer Electronics Show preview with Rob Vailton from Atmel. Rob and I discuss why low power MCUs will hold the key to the future of automotive innovation and how we can keep those pesky hackers out of our connected cars. Also this week, we look at how IoT Kickstarter campaign Khushi Baby hopes to make the world a much healthier place -- bridging the gap between healthcare workers and the communities they serve, one NFC-equipped necklace at a time.

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Links for December 12, 2014

More information about Atmel

Kickstarter Corner - Khushi Baby

More information about Khushi Baby

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Paging Dr. MEMS

Last week, we investigated how new MEMS-enhanced devices are changing the way we interact with our tennis rackets, beer kegs, and video games (you know, the important stuff), but this week, we’re going past the world of CE to a land where the power budgets are tight, the BOMs are tighter, and the number of sensors soars into the millions. Yep, we’re talking about MEMS in the medical machine. My guest is Rick Russell, President of Merit Sensor Systems. Rick is here to introduce us to a whole new world of pressure sensors, explain why Merit has their own wafer fab, and map out where the MEMS market is headed in the future. Then, keeping with our medical theme, we also check out a new MEMS-enhanced eating-sensing earpiece looking for some Indigogo cash that will not only listen to your bites but also have you talking to your food. 

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Links for November 14, 2014

More information about Merit Sensor Systems

More information about BitBite

Fish Fry Episode about the HapiFork

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