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Navigation and Control

At Midwest MicroDevices, we can help enable your Next Generation of wireless data fusion sensors to meet new consumer, industry and defense demands for navigation and control through the Internet of Things.

For example, motion tracking, gesture-controlled games are proliferating as a growth industry where profitability and sales volumes depend on the design excellence of MEMS and thin film components. Advances in these games rely on the Next Generation MEMS building blocks that Midwest MicroDevices can design and build, providing the key components to support your rapid commercial launch.

As navigation strategies rapidly evolve around large scale sensor systems, the MEMS and thin film capabilities of Midwest MicroDevices can help you enter the market sooner and with higher performing devices to meet increasing customer demand for:

Let’s examine Autonomous Search and Rescue. We also understand that sometime a walk in the park can become a struggle of life or death. Context Awareness made possible by MEMS and thin film components from the people and technologies at Midwest MicroDevices can permit your customers to survive and often thrive in a crisis with ease. As you work on your Next Generation designs, we can help you win the race to market these products and to dominate market share.

What’s possible today will have become obsolete tomorrow. Imagine you are hiking in a wildlife area, say the enormous linear park that follows the Des Plaines River northwest of Chicago. You took a wrong turn, you’re not sure of where you are, the wind is rising and the temperature is dropping. Worse, you’re going to be late for an appointment or picking up your child from school. Trying to backtrack, you risk a shortcut across a frozen marsh and break through the ice, soaking a leg. It dawns on you that even in the center of one of the world’s great metropolitan areas, you could die of a common wilderness killer: exposure.

But wait. Your iPhone or Android knows exactly where you are, thanks to the Internet of Things 1.0. It pulls up a navigation app on demand and you have a choice of trying to return to your car or emerge in civilization and warmth that, it turns out, is closer than you think. If you are suffering from hypothermia and want to know how much time you’ve got, or want to know how fast your blood sugar is dropping, or your pulse and blood pressure are rising as you up the pace trying to keep warm, there are vital signs apps.

Your iPhone or Android can tell you the current temperature, humidity, and provide a near-term forecast. If you’re really in trouble, you can summon an ambulance and police on your 911 app or just by making a phone call. Even if you can no longer talk, your rescue demand message comes with exact map coordinates of your location.

On the other hand... if things aren’t that bad... you also can turn up the temperature in your house via a wireless HVAC app for a cozy homecoming, increase the water heater temperature for a warm bath, order a pizza, and a bottle of bourbon to arrive when you do... if your liquor store delivers.

All of this is contingent on the assumption that your iPhone didn’t fall in the water when you broke through the ice; that its battery is charged; that in your momentary panic you remember to use it.

In the forthcoming Internet of Things 2.0, and thanks to your Midwest MicroDevices-enabled Next Generation wireless data fusion devices, your computerized resources are linked and automated. Position tracking, vital signs tracking, weather tracking are all in place. Your linked computer resources know where you are, that you are running late for an appointment, that your vital signs are declining, that you have strayed off the path, even that you phone went suddenly dead as it sank to the bottom of the pound. The Next Generation of the Internet of Things swings into action. Active rescue protocol begins automatically, and picks up urgency when its attempt to call you fails. No human is involved in this automated decision-making chain. You are about to be rescued by your laptop or tablet.

The Internet of Things first became possible thanks to MEMS and thin-film component advances made possible by Midwest MicroDevices and other providers. By 2018, 28 billion devices will be interconnected through the Internet. That first round of work is done, its proofs-of-concept are legion, and now the real gold rush is on to design manufacture and sell the Next Generation of data fusion devices, transmitting through the data cloud, to make our future possible.

We’re ready to help. Contact us for more information.