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From Just an Idea to Flusso, The World’s Smallest Flow Sensor and … More
Dr. Andrea De Luca, Co-founder & CEO, Flusso
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Piezo-MEMS-based Energy Harvesting and Sensors for Wearables
Dr Robert G. Andosca, Founder and CEO, Inviza
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Wearables Enabling Consumer Healthcare and the Role of Ultrasound Technologies.
Dimitrios Damianos – Custom Project BD / Technology & Market Analyst, Yole.
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I will be giving an introduction about Flusso (www.flussoltd.com), covering how the company came to life, both technical and commercial challenges behind the development of the FLS110 – the world’s smallest flow sensor and the complete digital flow sensing solution wrapped around it. I will be describing the technology behind the FLS110, touch on system integration challenges and the benefit offered by our flow sensing solutions in a couple of relevant use cases. I will also offer a brief overview of what we are working on in R&D, i.e. even smaller flow sensors, gas sensors and environmental combos.
Co-founder & CEO, Flusso
Dr Andrea De Luca is CEO at Flusso and co-founder. He built the Company from ground to a team of 20+ people, led the company through two rounds for a total of over £5.5M in equity funding and brought Flusso first product into customer hands. Graduated from the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) with a 1st class degree in Electronic Engineering in 2011, in 2015 he obtained his PhD on smart sensors for harsh environments from the University of Cambridge (UK) where he continued as a research associate and leader of the sensors area within the HVMS group. In 2016 he was awarded a prestigious three year Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK), during which he co-founded Flusso. He won three IEEE best paper awards and was part of the FP7 SOI-HITS team awarded with the Innovation award in 2015 by the European Commission. Inventor on 15+ patents (mostly granted) and (co-)author of 70+ publications in the sensors field. In 2020 he was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Flusso (www.flussoltd.com) is a fabless semiconductor company developing flow sensing solutions for use in low-cost, high-volume applications.
Flusso’s new FLS110 flow sensor, with a footprint of just 3.5 x 3.5 mm, is small enough to fit into virtually any product and can be positioned where measurements matter the most. The FLS110 is part of a complete digital flow sensing solution seamlessly integrating hardware and software with mechanical and fluidic components. Our modular approach allows our customers to strike the ideal balance between system cost and performance.
Originally spun out from Cambridge university, Flusso is Cambridge based with representatives in Hong Kong and US. Formed by a team of 20+ people, recently ISO9001 certified, and equity funded for about £5.5m, Flusso is now in a pre-sales phase. And while bringing the FLS110 to market, Flusso is also developing other sensing technologies.
Founder & CEO, Inviza
Robert’s 30+ years’ industry experience has been in the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables / Industrial IoT (IIoT) / Connected Vehicle and Telecommunications markets. He has worked in the development of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), Piezo-MEMS/sensors and semiconductor technologies. Robert’s background includes: C-level, business development, strategic and brand marketing, engineering management, and senior scientist and engineering roles. He has been a entrepreneur previously, where he is the founder and former CEO of an energy harvesting IoT-based company, MicroGen Systems, Inc. Robert raised $8M between an angel round and a Series A round of investment plus an additional $4M in government grants over 6-years. The Company transferred the prototype piezo-MEMS vibration energy harvester (pVEH) process from the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility in Ithaca, NY to 200 mm diameter high volume manufacturing at X-FAB in Itzehoe, Germany with >85% overall manufacturing product yield including wafer-level packaging. The team developed the first fully integrated tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) module powered by its pVEH product for Class 8 long-haul commercial truck tires with Melexis N.V. from Belgium and the largest tire company in the world (proprietary, not Lego! Google it!). These were successfully tested in truck tires over 4-years on tire drum testers up to 75 mph (120 kph), the modules reached 80 °C (could handle up to 125 °C) for 3,100+ miles (5,000 km) without issue. The company’s Intelligence Tire System (ITS) module product was pre-announced at the Automotive Sensors Expo in Detroit in 2016. The MicroGen team also released several products to the IIoT market, and ultimately the company was sold in July 2017. The company was recognized as a Top 25 Silicon Valley Company (MicroGen was located in Rochester, NY), an EE Times’ Silicon 60 inductee for 4-years running, was runner up for Startup Company of the Year by SEMI MSIG, won Engineering Team of the Year by Sensors Expo, and more. Robert is also considered to be in the Top 12 Movers and Shakers in MEMS by EE Times. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science, a multidisciplinary degree, where he focused on Electrical Engineering and Physics. He has been an invited speaker on IoT, EH and MEMS/sensors all over the world over 30X, where six have been Keynotes. Robert holds 25+ issued US and international patents.
INVIZA designs and builds ‘FashTech’ – health and wellness, and location trackers that are out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Our trackers provide Predictive Wellness™ monitoring for you and your loved ones!
Our wearable designs are hidden from view within apparel, shoes and accessory products and self-charge themselves by walking and running and other means via energy harvesting … truly invisible! The idea is that when you put your clothes on in the morning your tracker comes with them and automatically connects via Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”) wireless to your smartphone and then self-charges as you walk, skip and run.
Our InvizaWEAR product line’s products are designed for everyday people who want to track the fitness and health. Plus, the products are designed to predict your wellness and will warn you if something with your health is wrong. Lastly, you do not have to worry about having to re-charge your wearable’s battery everyday!
Custom Project BD / Technology & Market Analyst, Yole
Dimitrios Damianos, PhD, is a Custom Project Business Developer and Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement (Yole).
Fully dedicated to photonics & sensing activities, Dimitrios supports the development of strategic projects, following Yole’s leading customers within the semiconductor industry. In parallel, he plays a key role in the expansion of Yole’s market & technical knowledge, maintaining long term relationships with key accounts and ensuring their expectations are met.
As a Technology & Market Analyst in imaging and sensing, he oversees the day-to-day production of valuable technology & market reports and custom consulting projects.
Dimitrios also regularly presents and delivers keynotes at international conferences and exhibitions. In addition, he has authored and co-authored several technical & market reports as well as scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
Dimitrios holds a BSc in Physics and MSc in Photonics, both from the University of Patras (GR), as well as a PhD. in optics & microelectronics from the University of Grenoble-Alpes (FR).”
The sensorization of human activity has led to a flourishing wearables industry. From the need of activity/sports tracking, to music playback and calling, all kinds of wearables have penetrated everyday life. Currently, they are shifting to a consumer healthcare approach, enabling health information collection through various sensors (ECG, SpO2, etc) and fitting in a more Point-of-Care model. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly accelerated the need to find smart solutions for monitoring people far from the hospital, with accurate devices. The consumer and healthcare sectors are closer and closer, and consumer players appear to be winning the battle today by proposing health function with better accuracies. Furthermore, the democratization of MEMS ultrasound technology has started and is opening new market opportunities, in the new Point-of-Care approach. In this presentation, we will give an overview of the wearables market, ultrasound technologies and markets, and associated market trends.
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