Innovation, disruption, and that certain spirit of electronics business: #ele18 Day 3

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Blog posting edited by Ingo Becker

Electronics for intelligent medicine: electronica Medical Electronics Conference

Today premiered the electronica Medical Electronics Conference (International Conference on electronics in e-health and medical applications – eMEC) 2018 which is, as a separate conference, dedicated to the highlight topic of medical electronics. During this single-day gathering  co-hosted by Medizin+elektronik magazine (WEKA publishing), for the first time medicine meets digital at electronica.

Physicians and electronics engineers discussed medicine’s current issues and challenges, as well as subjects for the future. Within the process of a ground-breaking change in healthcare and increasing digitization, the vision of “Medicine 4.0” will become reality – with mobile devices, secure software solutions, and smart sensors.

The eMEC Opening Keynote was held by Professor Martin Halle, Medical Director, Technische Universität München (TUM), who is a 
specialist in internal medicine, cardiology and sports medicine and preventive cardiovascular medicine DGPR®. In his talk he focused on the question “Personalized prevention: Potential for Life-style intervention?“.

In his talk “Accurate Sleep and Recovery Measurement with Ballistocardiography“, Ulf Meriheinä, Senior MEMS Applications Specialist, Murata Electronics Oy, puts the focus on patient-friendly heart rate measurement. As an increasing number of people suffer from sleep disorders, due to occupational and private stress, grief, depression, persistent sleep disturbances can affect the general well-being, the health and, thus, quality of life.  

There are situations in which an accurate sleep analysis is needed to investigate the actual cause of a sleep disorder. Ballistocardiography (BKG) method measures mechanical forces generated by the body during sleep which is less disturbing and cost-intensive.

Patrick Kramer, DigiWell
Patrick Kramer, DigiWell

Patrick “Cyborg” Kramer gave a keynote speech on “Digital Transformation 2.0: HUMANS“, followed by a panel discussion on the possibilities risks of digital implants.

How developers drive new technologies with electronics

Mick Ebeling, Not Impossible Labs
Mick Ebeling, Not Impossible Labs

Developers and tech innovators around the globe use web communities to present projects, ideas and discuss innovation on immanently rising technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, sensors, home automation, robotics. At electronica 2018, participants of these circles and communities got a new physical basis at the Impact Developer Community Lounge.

Mick Ebeling, founder, Not Impossible Labs, held his key note  on “Not Impossible – Tech Projects for Humanity” and gave deep inspirational insights in technology innovation. In his talk, Ebeling presented developments e.g. as an eye-writer (“Don’s Voice“) which enables ALS disease patients to write through their eyes’ movement.

AI unlimited

At electronica Embedded Platforms Conference (eEPC – Day 2) Michael Hannawald, Senior Vice President Renesas Electronics Corporation, Deputy General Manager Industrial Solution Business Unit, and President Renesas Electronics Europe, gave a keynote on the “Embedded AI: Why Endpoints do not want to stay stupid“. Within he answered one of the key questions – What drives or blocks embedded AI applications?

5G and Wi-Fi – Next generation connectivity for demanding IoT

In his electronica 2018 Wireless Congress (Day 2) keynote on “5G Development for Vertical Industries“, Dr. Josef Eichinger, Head of 5G Wireless System Design, Huawei Technologies, and Board Member, 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation, spot a light on the possibilities up to come with the new mobile connectivity standard.

Driving Wi-Fi Based Connectivity for Low-Power IoT Applications” was the topic of the talk by Siddharth Sundar, Design Manager, Silicon Labs. He explained how Silicon Labs has a perspective of mesh networking and wireless technology. Rising demand due to the Internet of Things (IoT) needs IoT-friendly Wi-Fi solutions to bring data, network, and available energy, i,e, battery capacity, together.

Siddharth Sundar, Silicon Labs