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Release date- 16122013 -
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
Bosch sensors enable smartphones to feel
MEMS sensors have long been the sensory organs for many of the mobile devices that are presented in their thousands at the world's biggest consumer electronics show. Bosch sensors enable modern electronic devices such as smartphones to 'feel' and 'hear' - so a smartphone 'knows' how it is being held and whether it needs to rotate the image on its display. Meanwhile tiny MEMS microphones can record sounds and speech. The sensors are also applied in notebooks, tablets, smart watches, games consoles, or sports watches. Freight forwarding companies also stand to benefit, since such sensors will allow parts in storage in the warehouse to announce their number and location over the internet. Meanwhile, acceleration sensors affixed to delicate machinery will be able to confirm at any time that there has been no exposure to vibrations during transportation. What is more, if a crate fitted with such a sensor falls to the ground, the sensor can send out a warning email to a company headquarters anywhere in the world thanks to the internet.
'It's simply a question of when'
'The question now is not whether the real and virtual worlds will merge thanks to sensors such as these. It's simply a question of when,' says Dr.
Bosch supplies sensors for a wide range of applications in the automotive and consumer electronics industries. Bosch has been at the forefront of MEMS technology since it first emerged, and today it generates more sales in this market than any other supplier. Since the start of production in 1995, the company has manufactured well in excess of three billion MEMS sensors. In 2012, some 600 million sensors emerged from its state-of-the-art wafer fab in Reutlingen - or 2.4 million each working day. Now every second smartphone worldwide uses Bosch sensors.
'These networked sensors make it possible to recognize and interact with the surroundings. A whole range of new solutions will emerge, offering more comfort, safety, and energy efficiency - and saving users' time and money,' says Dr.
Connected to the world
MEMS sensors were originally developed for use in cars, for instance in skid detection for the ESP electronic stability program. Today each modern vehicle is home to up to 50 of MEMS sensors. They support significant safety and comfort functions such as 'Adaptive Cruise Control' (ACC) or softer gear changing of automatic gearboxes. All these sensors have turned cars into suppliers of data for what is known as the automotive cloud, which is already providing drivers with valuable additional information in various situations and connecting them ever more closely to the world in real time.
Security and comfort anywhere, anytime
At the CES, Bosch will be presenting how sensors are a key enabler of the Internet of Things and Services. A network of wireless sensors will constantly gather and report information about the immediate environment. Users can learn which doors are open or closed, how loud it is, and how the temperature, air pressure, and humidity at various points around the booth changed over the course of the day. An automatic vacuum cleaner featuring MEMS sensors and an integrated WiFi module continuously reports its position. Thanks to these combined sensors, the Bosch booth will showcase how devices connected to each other via sensors continuously exchange and provide useful information. Bosch recently announced that it will work together with ABB,
In-vehicle infotainment, electric vehicle charging, and more
In addition to MEMS sensors, Bosch will demonstrate technologies enabling the connected vehicle, including next-generation telediagnostics, electric vehicle charging, in-vehicle infotainment and driver assistance systems. Bosch is sponsoring the 'Driverless Car' experience at CES 2014, where the milestones toward driverless mobility will be explored and demonstrate technologies such as automatic park assist, predictive emergency braking and 'mySPIN' smartphone integration in a designated area outside the fair. The company will also illustrate several areas of competence, including eBikes to inverters for energy storage, start-stop vehicles to HD video surveillance and intrusion control to net-zero enabling thermotechnology.
Bosch booth at the 2014 CES
South Hall 1, Stand 20812
Bosch events at the 2014 CES
Press conference with Bosch board of management member
Panel discussion with Bosch board of management member Dr.
'Road to Driverless Mobility': Dienstag, 7. Januar 15:00 Uhr (local time),
Speech by Dr.
'Hardware-software co-design: the secret to sensor fusion' (as part of the 'MEMS sensor fusion - revolutionizing the internet of things' session,
Automotive Technology is the largest
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