Advances in automation have made transportation systems – air, car, and rail – amazingly safe. Truly autonomous systems, ones able to avoid leaving an out-of-control mess to a human with seconds to react, will take more thinking.
CES 2013 highlights an interesting transition: semiconductor vendors, including the MEMS community, are using the show for major launches of new parts. Even more intriguing, ideas like “sensor fusion” and “context awareness” are going consumer.
With a long history in RISC processing, the acquisition of MIPS Technologies by Imagination Technologies, the graphics inside Apple and other mobile devices, could write a new chapter.
Technology marketing used to be technical, but more and more minds are captured and held by skillful self-comparison by market leaders like Intel and Apple.