Surveillance State: Tiny Robots “Watching” You
The push to miniaturize electronics will drastically shake up the world in the near future.
And “smart dust” will be at the very epicenter of this trend.
In short, smart dust is a system of tiny sensors, robots or other devices that are as small as a grain of sand.
Another term for smart dust is MEMS (or microelectromechanical systems).
They’re made up of tiny processors running a skeleton operating system. The sensors can detect everything around them — light, temperature, vibrations, pressure, magnetism, chemical composition, humidity, location and acceleration. The list goes on.
And they’re connected to a wireless network to report information about their surroundings.
This might sound like science fiction. But many of these dust-sized sensors have already been deployed.
One company, for example, has already received FDA approval for an ingestible sensor that delivers real-time data about a patient’s health to a physician.
And current estimates expect to see a call for over 1 trillion sensors to be active by 2025.
But with smart dust currently in the embryonic stage of deployment, we’re focusing on companies with critical patents for commercial applications.
So let’s quickly review where we stand…
The Perfect Smart Dust Plays
One company is leading the way in the practical commercialization of spintronics — a nanotechnology that relies on electron spin rather than an electron charge to acquire, store and transmit information.
Without getting overly complicated, the advantage of spintronics is that it can boost data processing speed with less energy consumption. It has the ability to store data and instructions without power — with increased storage density of up to 100 times.
In other words, it’s ideal for tiny sensors that need to collect data constantly.
And recently the company introduced two new products in the sensor space — a network transceiver aimed at medical devices and the internet of things (IoT) space and a sensor for MRIs.
The company is also currently working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a sensor to detect salmonella.
This is a big deal for food safety, considering the increase in recent breakouts of food-borne illness. And all indications so far show that the company’s prototype design is right on track.
Another Company’s Iron Grip Tightens
Another company is looking better and better as a smart dust play too. This innovative company has an iron grip on the MEMS industry — with 10,000 U.S. patents and tech giants like Apple, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Nokia and Western Digital as customers.
More importantly for you, the company recently saw a strong boost in its MEMS segment and released this statement confirming my positive outlook for the future in this space…
Our MEMS sensors achieved a number of important design wins across a diverse range of applications… We saw strong revenue growth, both sequentially and year over year. On a sequential basis, revenues increased 8.9%, driven by both Analog and MEMS products. Year over year, revenues were up 28.3% on sharply higher MEMS growth.
The company also went on to announce new growth in automotive tech, wireless connectivity and wireless charging segments. And the company expects even more revenue growth in the third quarter — coming from all divisions.
There is no doubt the smart dust situation will continue to plume. And as it does I’ll be right here keeping an eye out on the best plays to make.
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