Rise of the (Micro) Machines

Feb242011

Image courtesy of Sandia National Labs.

MEMS – microelectromechanical systems – is a fascinating field. Containing microscopic moving parts such as gears, springs and valves, MEMS devices power some of our greatest gadgets – video game controllers, smartphones and navigation systems, to name just a few.

In this video, Applied’s Michel Rosa explores the workings of a MEMS accelerometer and discusses some of the fabrication challenges that must be overcome to make these devices accurate, repeatable and affordable.

If you would like to learn more about how MEMS devices are made, click here.

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