The Power of Nanoelectronics – from Connecting to Improving Lives
Driven by the global sustainable energy challenge and the technological evolutions in connected integrated sensor systems, the way we are generating and consuming
energy is changing towards a smart energy system, the internet of power. What started with smart meters at home, which are
currently experiencing a major market breakthrough, will evolve the coming years to a true smart energy system that implements not only energy savings in homes and
commercial buildings, but integrates
distributed energy generation based on
renewable energy sources. An energy system that requires integrated intelligence to
guarantee the balance between consumption and generation.
And also in the consumer electronics
industry, we see many opportunities arising from integrating sensors in systems. The
major trend in this market is wearable.
Enhance Human Possibilities
Startups, but also established system
companies, come up with inventive and
surprising ways to augment the human body with sensors and displays. Fitness devices make up the vast majority of the wearable technology market at the moment. In the consumer electronics, it’s all about more sensors, more data resolution, more
functionality and more integration.
No doubt, the opportunity in wearable technology is large. Supported by the
wearable trend in the consumer electronics
market, with the massive introduction of
fitness monitoring systems that readily
communicate with health apps, I see many opportunities how wearable sensor
technologies are one of the answers to deal with the rising healthcare costs. Today’s
fitness gadgets are only a tip of the iceberg. There is much more to be expected, the
internet of healthy things.
Nanoelectronics can bring disruptive
innovation in healthcare. Disruptive
innovation which is essential to create a
sustainable healthcare system. Disruptive innovation which will break the traditional circle from a curing healthcare system to a more predictive and even preventive
Medical quality real-time monitoring
systems could not only help you in keeping you healthy but they could revolutionize the treatment of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Diagnosed patients wouldn’t need to visit the hospital as often or for as long, while healthy people in high risk groups could benefit from unobtrusive systems that provide early warning of a
Nanoelectronics, enabling miniaturization and integration, has the potential to shift the boundaries in medical diagnostics and tests. Imagine a silicon chip that can diagnose
multiple diseases, that integrates multiple lab tests, for under 10 US-Dollar. Results are received in less than 10 minutes. It would bring multiple diagnostic and lab tests available, easy-to-use for anyone anywhere in the world. Such a lab on chip could also be a game-changer in drug discovery.