Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

Printed Electronics, being thin film silicon or inorganic or organic semiconductors, can be used to form Thin Film Transistor Circuits (TFTCs), such as replacing the functionality of simple silicon chips. TFTCs also employ thin film conductors and dielectrics and the ultimate objective is to make many different components at the same time - such as displays, batteries, sensors, microphones etc using the same materials or at least the same deposition techniques thus saving cost and improving reliability. Some TFTCs will be capable of covering large areas to affordably form electronic billboards, smart shelves and so on. They will be lightweight, rugged and mechanically flexible. Often they will be made by rapid, high-volume reel-to-reel processing even forming a part of regular printing processes for graphics. These circuits will be cheap enough to permit electronics where envisaged silicon chips are always or almost always too expensive, where multiple components and needed, and where silicon is impracticle (e.g. not flexible, brittle, thick etc).
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20 Jan 2022

InnovationLab: A novel way to understand your battery

Presentation from InnovationLab on The Battery Monitoring Solution
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19 Jan 2022

Smart Devices Require Smarts

Medicine has relied on mechanical devices to help treat patients for decades. These devices have ranged in complexity from stents and shunts to dialysis machines and ventilators. As we settle into this age of data, the pressure to connect, control, instrument and analyze the operation of such devices and their impact on health has grown exponentially. After all, at a time when my watch can share heart rate and oxygen saturation, surely any physician-prescribed monitoring device should be able to provide relevant medical insight too?
19 Jan 2022

World's Smallest Nano-Based Capacitive Sensor

Somalytics Inc introduce two remarkable products that "feel" human presence through Somalytics' unique, miniature carbon-nanotube paper composite capacitive sensors: the SomaControl gesture monitor and the SomaSense 3D floor mat.
18 Jan 2022

In-Mold Electronics: Multiple Players, Diverging Strategies

How do we communicate with our electronic devices? There are many different 'human-machine interfaces (HMI)' options, ranging from the well-established (keyboard/mouse/mechanical switches) to somewhat more recent developments such as the capacitive touch screens found on smartphones. As greater numbers of devices around us gain 'smart' functionality, the ability to incorporate HMI components elegantly and cost-effectively is increasingly important.
18 Jan 2022

Wiliot Launches Its "Open Release" Starter Kit

Wiliot's self-powered, stamp-sized computers - and corresponding SaaS services - are available to revolutionize the supply chains of every brand, retailer, and solution provider.
18 Jan 2022

Hydrogel Markets in Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Electronics, Electrical, Consumer 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Matthew Dyson and Dr Xiaoxi He
14 Jan 2022

Honor Announces its First Foldable Phone

Honor has launched Magic V, its first 5G foldable flagship smartphone. Designed using an advanced waterdrop hinge technology.
14 Jan 2022

Optomec's $2 Million Order for 6 Production 3D Electronics Printer

Optomec Inc announced that one of its existing production customers recently purchased another six Aerosol Jet 3D Electronics Printers, bringing its total count to 20 systems. The $2+ million in orders is part of a production ramp plan that will grow to more than 30 systems over the next 12 months.
13 Jan 2022

Event summary: Printed/flexible electronics at CES 2022

Multiple IDTechEx analysts recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 (CES 2021), this year held in 'hybrid mode' to COVID-19. IDTechEx attended virtually due to travel restrictions.
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13 Jan 2022

The BMW iX Flow Featuring E Ink

The fluid colour changes are made possible by a specially developed body wrap that is tailored precisely to the contours of the all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW. When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration.
13 Jan 2022

Electroninks Expands Line of Particle-Free Conductive Inks

Electroninks announced the addition of gold and platinum particle-free conductive inks to its catalog of products. The addition of gold and platinum inks gives makers of consumer electronics, medical devices, sensors and semiconductors the ability to make lighter, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly products.
12 Jan 2022

First Fully 3D Printed, Flexible OLED Display

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers used a customized printer to fully 3D print a flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. The discovery could result in low-cost OLED displays in the future that could be widely produced using 3D printers by anyone at home, instead of by technicians in expensive microfabrication facilities.
11 Jan 2022

Realizing the Potential of Printed Piezoelectric Sensors

Commercial interest in silicon anodes and investments into start-up companies has continued through 2021 - IDTechEx estimates that $1.9B of funding has now made its way into silicon anode start-ups. Beyond investments, there has also been greater activity regarding companies beginning to license technologies, enter into supply relationships or commercialize technologies in early adopter markets, highlighting that the promise of silicon anode technology may soon be realized.
10 Jan 2022

Windows That Outsmart the Elements

New research takes energy efficient windows a step further by proposing a new "smart window" design that would harvest the sun's energy in the winter to warm the house and reflect it in the summer to keep it cool.
7 Jan 2022

Event Summary: Huawei smart cockpit workshop

Event held December 2nd and 3rd, 2021
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7 Jan 2022

Ynvisible Announces Appointment of Ramin Heydarpour as Interim CEO

Ynvisible Interactive Inc announces that effective December 31, 2021, Michael Robinson has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in order to pursue an opportunity outside the Internet of Things industry. Ramin Heydarpour, Ynvisible's Executive Chairman, will assume the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer to focus on the commercialization of Ynvisible's products.
6 Jan 2022

Modular Facade Supplies Buildings with Renewable Energy

The rate of renovation in the building sector is still too low to achieve the energy transition by the target date set by the German federal government. However, increased use of prefabricated components can help accelerate this process. Researchers are developing a facade module that integrates the technical building equipment and supplies it with renewable energy to heat, cool and ventilate the adjoining rooms.
6 Jan 2022

Asahi Kasei

Asahi Kasei has recently launched an anti-counterfeiting measure comprising a transparent label and distributed ledger. This transparent label, with a pattern that is read optically, utilizes a proprietary ultra-fine printing method that produces sub-micron features.
5 Jan 2022

E Ink Announces Pledge to Reach Net Zero Carbon Emissions By 2040

E Ink has pledged to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040. E Ink has been working for several years towards zero carbon emissions to help mitigate the impact of climate change and to promote sustainable technologies. E Ink has a three phase plan to reach their commitment of Net Zero Carbon Emission by 2040.
4 Jan 2022

Fitness Sensor Warns When You're at Your Limits

Ultrathin nanomaterials, known as MXenes, are poised to make it easier to monitor a person's well-being by analyzing their perspiration. While they share a similar two-dimensional nature to graphene, MXenes are composed of nontoxic metals, such as titanium, in combination with carbon or nitrogen atoms. With naturally high conductivity and strong surface charges, MXenes are attractive candidates for biosensors that can detect small changes to chemical concentrations.