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Thursday, June 29

10:00am PDT

FW1: Commercialization Opportunities and Strategies for Printed, Flexible, Stretchable and Functional Fabric Sensors in Wearables and Other Applications

In recent years, there has been an exponential growth in the field of flexible, printed and organic large-area electronics and sensors. These new printed electronics and sensors are fabricated on flexible plastic substrates as well as on/in fabrics, which offer advantages such as mechanical flexibility, shape conformity, light weight and low profile. The judicious use of these substrates/carrier platforms enables low-cost and high-speed manufacturing of devices over large areas using printing technologies in a Roll-to-Roll production line.  Targeted applications include wearables, environmental monitoring and eHealth.


Recently, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded $75M to FlexTech Alliance to establish and manage a San Jose-based facility to create a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE MII).  Additionally, the recent award of $75M, also by the US DoD, with $250M in matching grants from regional governments,industry and academia for the creation of a research and development consortia, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), headed by MIT for the development of sensors and other electronic functions has validated the potential of this technology to create “smart fabrics” for consumer and military wearable applications.


The presentation will provide an overview of printed, flexible, stretchable, functional fabric sensors and accompanying electronics and the applications that they are currently enabling as well as their future application opportunities.    Examples from current suppliers as well as highlights from leading international research organizations will be addressed. 


In addition to these sensors, we will also address the challenges of their integration with other functional element of basic Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable applications.   We will also address the manufacturing issues to create these heterogeneous and hybrid solutions from both a batch mode and continuous process.  Finally, barriers to the successful commercialization of these sensors and recommended strategies for market success will be presented. 

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Roger Grace

Founder & President, Roger Grace Associates
Roger H. Grace is president of Roger Grace Associates (RGA), a marketing consulting firm specializing in high technology, which he founded in 1982 in San Francisco, California. His background includes over 40 years in analog circuit design engineering, manufacturing engineering, application... Read More →

Thursday June 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
Executive Ballroom G

11:00am PDT

FW2: Adding a Voice Command Interface to Battery-Powered Wearable Fitness, Medical and Wearable Products

Consumers have become more comfortable using voice to interact with technology as this interface has become common place on higher-end electronics device such as mobile phones and home automation appliances.  While convenient and commonplace, voice recognition historically is high-power in the 10s of milliamp range.  This session describes in details the technical process and engineering tradeoffs of adding voice commands to battery-powered fitness, medical and wearable products. This session will cover energy aware embedded system design techniques, technologies and statistical Markov model algorithms that reduce the total signal chain current consumption in order of magnitude into the micro-amps enabling always-on, hands-free voice command recognition.

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Mark Buccini

Advanced Product Platforms, Texas Instruments
Mark E. Buccini is responsible for advanced product platform innovation and execution as a staff member at Texas Instruments supporting the company's Kilby Research Labs.  He has 30 years' experience that spans a range of embedded application areas including ultra-low power systems... Read More →

Thursday June 29, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Executive Ballroom G

1:30pm PDT

FW3: Optical Heart Rate Monitoring: System Design for Wearable Consumer and Medical Devices

This seminar will discuss the basic principles of photoplethysmography (PPG), the physiology involved and methods for measurement. Attendees considering a new wearable design will gain insights on the system design trade-offs, with real data backed by simulations, whereas those interested in low-power wearables will learn simulation and electronics design techniques for extending the life of their product. Engineers interested in physiological monitoring will benefit from this in-depth technical tutorial of the entire opto-electrical system for heart rate and pulse oximetry.


Craig Easson

Managing Director, IC Design, Maxim Integrated
Craig Easson is the Managing Director of IC Design for the Sensors group in the Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit. Since 2013, he has lead the design of various Bio Sensor Modules, including Maxim's first heart rate monitor, ECG, and IR thermometer.

Thursday June 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
Executive Ballroom G

2:30pm PDT

FW4: Next Generation Biometric Sensing in Wearable Devices

Attendees will learn considerations of adding biometric sensors to wearable hardware designs, including optical and skin temperature sensor selection, placement, signal quality, optical overlay design, fit, electrodes, and ambient light blocking considerations. The presentation will cover some of the tradeoffs for performance versus power consumption and cost of their solution. We will discuss the impact of ambient light noise on performance and optical blocking techniques. The presentation will also cover methods to reduce noise due to motion artifacts, including band design, skin contact, and use of an accelerometer to mitigate noise in the system.

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Colin Tompkins

Director of Applications Engineering, Silicon Laboratories

Thursday June 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm PDT
Executive Ballroom G