Trillion Sensors – TApps: Ultra-High Volume Sensor Applications for Global Challenges

December 29, 2014
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It was my pleasure to organize and present at two TSensors Summits: Munich and San Diego this fall. The enthusiasm and intellectual “horsepower” of the presenters and attendees was incredible!

My presentations explain Read the rest of this entry »


Coupling and Crosstalk: Medically Deficient Technology

October 7, 2014

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Coupling & Crosstalk is my column in the MEPTEC Report. This column appears in the Fall 2014 edition on pages 10-11.

Electronic coupling is the transfer of energy from one circuit or medium to another. Sometimes it is intentional and sometimes not (crosstalk). I hope that this column, by mixing technology and general observations, is thought provoking and “couples” with your thinking. Most of the time I will stick to technology but occasional crosstalk diversions may deliver a message closer to home.

 

Medically Deficient Technology

It has been a very challenging month helping my best friend who has been in an intensive care unit (ICU) following a stroke. It has been very difficult emotionally seeing him incapacitated as he makes a slow recovery with many ups and downs.

As expected, in a top-rated Silicon Valley hospital, technology abounds and permeates all aspects of patient care. However, I’ve observed many examples where Read the rest of this entry »


Coupling & Crosstalk: Measuring Up

April 11, 2013

bathroom scaleCoupling & Crosstalk is my column in the MEPTEC Report. This column appears in the Spring 2013 edition on page 14-15.

Electronic coupling is the transfer of energy from one circuit or medium to another. Sometimes it is intentional and sometimes not (crosstalk). I hope that this column by mixing technology and general observations is thought provoking and “couples” with your thinking. Most of the time I will stick to technology but occasional crosstalk diversions may deliver a message closer to home.

Measuring Up

Tap to turn on. Wait for it to zero. Step on. I haven’t lost any weight, still 205 pounds even with all this exercise and careful eating? Step off, step back on. 212 pounds. Damn, wrong answer. Step off, step back on. 206 pounds. Okay maybe the first reading was right. Optimistically record 205 pounds. Does this nightly dance sound familiar? Not only are bathroom scales the bearer of bad news, their Read the rest of this entry »


IEEE Nanotechnology Symposium 2011 – Keynote

May 19, 2011

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The IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council held their 7th annual symposium this week. As in the past, the council presents an excellent program. This year’s program focused was “Nanotechnology – Consumer Applications.”

Here are my notes from the keynote presentation by Dr. Spike Narayan, Functional Manager IBM, “Nanotechnology: Leveraging Semiconductor Technologies to Address Global Challenges.”

He asks: can we leverage semiconductor technology to address global challenges of environment, energy, healthcare, and water? Others have made a compelling argument that Read the rest of this entry »


MEMS Technology Summit – Day One – AM (2)

November 1, 2010

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From the MEMS Technology Summit at Stanford University, here are the highlights from the second morning session on Tuesday October 19, 2010:

Professor Thomas Kenny, Stanford University, Keynote: “MEMS Goes Mainstream, but Where are We Going?”

  • What are we trying to do? Make money – others will cover that topic – and to enable capabilities. But we need to look at how well we have achieved this.
  • Nanotechnology promises are un-fulfilled: There has been lots of hype and promises in the literature for over ten years. But what we are missing is the “technology” side of Nanotechnology. Perhaps Nanotechnology is an oxymoron? Read the rest of this entry »