Consumer Electronics, the F-35, and a Record Setting Transmitter

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  • Author: Scott L. Spencer Publisher
The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held last month in Las Vegas. Estimates are that a mind-boggling 20,000 new products were introduced over the three day event. Ubiquitous among the products introduced is the incorporation of MEMS inertial sensors in almost every new mobile device. Once impractical for small form factor applications, these devices not only determine the orientation of a mobile device but also can be used to determine the device’s location in three dimensional space.Home Health Hubs are poised to become commonplace. These systems will integrate Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, and ZigBee technologies to a router that is capable of sending information like glucose levels, blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and blood-oxygen levels to a web-based plat form or mobile device. This enables users to collect, store, and share their health information. Diagnostic software on a mobile device can even trigger a personal emergency response system (PERS) in the event of a life-threating situation.
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