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By tiburon53, July 2, 2014

DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE NAME OF THE MICROSENSOR COMPANY THAT IS ABOUT TO DOMINATE THE WEARABLE TECH MARKET MENTIONED IN REPORT BY M.ROBINSON?

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thaoriginal
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thaoriginal
July 2, 2014 3:10 pm

InvenSense INVN

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masthead
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July 3, 2014 3:43 pm

INVN is heavily recommended by TMF. In a solid uptrend since May 19 (see FSC by Worden Bros.). Highly developed unique technology for high speed 3-axis motion analysis, acceleration, etc. incorporating a tiny highly durable gyroscope. Has been volatile ($15 to $24 range) , mirroring the customers it serves. Great potential for entry into new markets as the world of gadgetry blossoms like a mushroom cloud. Probably a good long term investment after the short term swing traders get tired of messing with it. Potentially many uses in any kind of vehicle and anything that incorporates motion – a huge universe. Now that I’ve said this, it makes me happy that I’ve held onto it.

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Foolster
July 4, 2014 10:06 am

Going forward most of the new sensors will be from the medical field. Thus there should not be one company that dominates. In the teaser they give several examples of companies that had a sensor or a medical solution that solved a pressing need and the companies skyrocketed as a result. I think the best way to approach this is to wait until the next killer product ships (iWatch), then find someone who reverse engineers the device to figure out what sensors are in it and then invest in those companies.

In the case of Google glass Invensense has taken their MPU6050 which is a 3 axis gyro and a 3 axis accelerometer, added a AK8975 3 axis geomagnetic sensor from Asahi Kasei, and made the MPU9150. If Invensense broadens itself to get sensor technology and patents as needed from other sources, then they can form low power integrated ICs that address multiple sensor needs in a single package. This way they could dominate. However, I think the sensor needs will be varied enough, the underlying technologies will come from widely diverse sources, such that no one company will be nimble enough to gain access to enough technologies to dominate the market except for the company building the end product such as Google or Apple. Apple or Google are going to invest in the sensor companies so the critical sensors are unique to their products and the competitors find it difficult to find alternatives from other sources.

A good example of this is that Amazon considered the KIVA robotic system used in their warehouses so essential to their profitability that they bought the company. As a result I think the KIVA robotic system is not available to their competitors.

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fanahela
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July 6, 2014 11:49 pm

michael robinson is touting a lifechip play, anybody can guess which is it? after reading a little bit about the technology you can go in so many directions as so cutting edge techs are needed for it to work; MEMS, bio, nano, etc

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