Driverless Vehicle Makers, Carriers, Drone-Defense Creators Look to MEMS & Sensors Industry for Advanced Sensing and Actuation

Local Motors, AT&T Internet of Things Solutions, XCOM Wireless exhort MEMS & Sensors Industry Group execs at MEMS & Sensors Industry Group's annual business conference

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Nov 11, 2016) - MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG)'s MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress™ -- held November 9-11 in Scottsdale, AZ -- gave innovative developers of driverless vehicles and drone-defense makers -- as well as one of the world's top carriers -- a ready audience of industry execs as they shared their wants for new MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS)/sensors for future products.

Phillip M. Rayer II, general manager, Local Motors, described how his company uses "co-creation" -- involving as many as 50,000 developers -- to design driverless electric vehicles for target communities. Local Motors uses 3D printing to manufacture the vehicles in months rather than years.

"Today's transportation system is characterized largely by privately owned, individually driven, gas-powered vehicles that sit unused 95 percent of the time, cost over $1 trillion annually and emit 1 gigaton of emissions each year," Phillip M. Rayer II, general manager, Local Motors. "A more cost-effective, efficient, equitable and convenient system is possible -- one that delivers a variety of shared, electrified and autonomous mobility options when and where they are needed. We call this 'mobility as a service' -- and we have proven it through the first 3D-printed structural car and the first self-driving electric vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. Through co-creation, we are now working on the first 3D-printed driverless car for highways."

Cameron Coursey, vice president of product development for AT&T's Internet of Things Solutions, told MEMS and sensors suppliers that they play a critical role in the "Fourth Industrial Revolution": the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dan Hyman, president, XCOM Wireless, and partner, Icarus Technologies, Inc. introduced attendees to the concept of "democratizing airspace to defend against drones." Leveraging RF MEMS from XCOM Wireless, Icarus develops portable, affordable counter-drone products to stop drones used unwittingly by dangerous hobbyists as well as by willful enemies.

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman expanded upon themes from MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress," In MEMS and sensors, there is a need for co-creation, standards, connectivity and audio technologies that enhance voice user interface as well as ultrasonics that redefine gesture control," said Lightman. "There was a collective buzz around driverless mobility solutions and environmental sensing. Attendees also learned about future-term technologies such as perpetual energy sources for autonomous sensing devices and printed hybrid electronics. As we look to 2017 and beyond, MEMS and sensors suppliers will continue to advance the user experience with every imaginable electronic product and system."

Tech Showcase Winner and Hall of Fame
MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase is a forum through which five finalists competed for attendees' votes and the title of "winner." The 2016 Technology Showcase winner, i-BLADES' mobile Smartcase, is a new modular accessory that dramatically accelerates time to market and reach for IoT technologies. It lets new technologies quickly reach mass-market mobile consumers through one integrated smartphone accessory -- a mobile phone case that forms a "hard-wired" smartphone connection, enabling add-on MEMS and IoT technologies.

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group also inducted three new members into the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Hall of Fame: Ken Foust, platform manager, Intel Corporation; Dave Monk, vice president and general manager of motion sensors, NXP Semiconductor; and Jason Weigold, president, MEMStaff.

Upcoming Events
MSIG will also host a full-day conference track at 2017 International CES, MEMS & Sensors: Personalizing Consumer Technology, January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress will take place May 10-11, 2017 at Stanford University in Stanford, CA.

MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress US 2017 will take place November 1-2, 2017 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, CA.

For a complete list of MEMS & Sensors Industry Group events, please visit: or contact MEMS & Sensors Industry Group via phone: 412.390.1644 or email:

About MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress
Now in its 12th year, MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress 2016 is an annual event that brings together business leaders from a broad spectrum of industries: automotive, communications, consumer goods, energy/environmental, industrial and medical. It is a unique professional forum at which executives from companies designing and manufacturing MEMS/sensors technology sit side-by-side with their end-user customers to exchange ideas and information about the use of MEMS and sensors in commercial applications.

Premier sponsors of MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress US 2016 include Platinum Sponsor EV Group; Gold Sponsors Enterprise Florida and SPTS Technologies; Silver Sponsors Lam Research and NXP; Bronze Sponsors Analog Devices, Applied Materials, OMRON, TECNISCO, ULVAC and X-FAB MEMS Foundry.

Event sponsors include Bosch Automotive Electronics (AE), Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Coventor, Huawei, IHS Markit, MCA Public Relations, MEMS Journal, microGen Systems, MIPI Alliance, PNI Sensor, Rogue Valley Microdevices, SITRI and Yole Développement.

About MEMS & Sensors Industry Group
MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) is the trade association advancing MEMS and sensors across global markets. MSIG advocates for near-term commercialization of MEMS/sensors-based products through a wide range of activities, such as conferences, technical working groups and education. By bringing the TSensors™ (Trillion Sensors) initiative under the umbrella of events and programs, MSIG also increases worldwide awareness of emerging MEMS/sensors-based applications with huge commercialization potential in the next decade and beyond. Nearly 200 companies and industry partners comprise MEMS & Sensors Industry Group. For more information, visit: and follow MSIG on LinkedIn and Twitter (use @MEMSGroup).

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Contact Information:

Ellen Saksen
MEMS & Sensors Industry Group
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Local Motors' driverless car for highways Icarus Hunter counter-drone device i-BLADES' new technologies quickly reach mass-market mobile consumers through one integrated smartphone accessory -- a mobile phone case