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Printed and Flexible Sensors 2012-2022: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities

Photo, pressure, temperature, stress, touch and other sensors

Updated in March 2013
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Printed and flexible sensors represent the latest in the development of devices that extend the humanoid's primary sensory abilities, giving specific exploratory insight into the properties we wish to identify, quantify and qualify. It is a technology that is surprisingly under-resourced given the enormous market opportunity and demand. These sensors are rarely standalone devices, and are integral parts of the "New Electronics" revolution, that will enhance our comfort while measuring gases in automobiles, measure our temperatures while detecting toxins on our skins.
Printed and flexible sensors offer distinct advantages and potential advantages over non-printed sensors, such as being lower cost to the point of being disposable, thin, lower and conformal profiled, flexible, large area, and the exciting possibility of creating devices on a variety of substrates each shaped and individually tailored to operate uniquely. They are making complex healthcare examinations faster and cheaper to do, adding intelligence to packaging, toys, industrial processes and much more. In the main, they will create new markets, going where conventional sensors cannot go. This report studies all these opportunities.
This report provides ten year forecasts for the growth of printed and flexible sensors, by sensor type and application. It provides a detailed look at the latest technical work, with company and university profiles, case studies of applications so far, and emerging opportunities. It studies the following types of sensors:
  • Defence and security
  • Force
  • Humidity
  • Photo/light/imaging
  • Pressure
  • Biochemical
  • Physical
  • Radio frequency and network sensors
  • Strain, stress and shear
  • Tactile
  • Temperature
  • Touch
The outcome is a report that identifies and reports trends based on an exhaustive analysis of recent progress in industry and academia as submitted to research journals and as conducted in the highest rated academic, industrial and commercial laboratories worldwide. This is done by the presentation of case studies and profiles highlighting the applications, application methodology and application areas of printed and flexible sensing and sensing solutions. Learn the market demand and state of technical progress and see how you can benefit from this under-addressed opportunity.
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Table of Contents
2.2.Printed and Flexible Sensor Forecasts 2012-2022
2.2.1.Market Drivers for growth
2.2.2.Biomedical Sensors
2.2.3.Gas Environmental
2.2.4.Temperature Sensors
2.2.5.Force and Pressure
2.2.6.Imaging Sensors
3.1.Printed Force and Pressure Sensors
3.3.Case Studies: Force and Pressure Sensors
3.3.1.Case Study: The Holst Centre: Intelligent Surfaces
3.3.2.Case Study: Sensor Products Inc.: Pressurex® Sensor Films for Solar module production.
3.3.3.Case Study: Stanford University: Transparent Stretchy Skin-like Pressure sensor
4.1.Screen Printed Piezoelectric Sensors
4.3.Case Studies: Printed and Flexible Strain Sensors
4.3.1.Case Study: The US National Textile Centre, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
5.3.Touch Screens
5.4.1.Case Study: Cambrios ClearOhm film used in smart phone
5.4.2.Case Study: PolyIC: Integrated touch sensors with graphic design
5.4.3.Case Study: Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research
5.4.4.Case Study: Peratech: Printed Electronics at Peratech
6.1.Technology: Printed and Flexible Temperature Sensors
6.3.Technology: Printed and Flexible Humidity Sensors
6.3.1.Case Study: PST: Sensors spin-out launched from Cape Town
6.3.2.Case Study: Thinfilm & PST: Printed temperature Sensors with Memory
6.3.3.Case Study: ETH: Woven electronics
6.3.4.Case Study: Soligie: Developing Printed Sensors
7.2.1.Case Study: STRL: Developing organic image sensors
7.2.2.Case Study: NikkoIA SAS: New organic photo detector company
7.2.3.Case Study: Scientists create imaging device based on the human eye
7.2.4.Case Study CONDUCTIVE COMPOUNDS: Radio opaque screen printable ink
7.2.5.Case Study Technische Universität München (TUM): Spray-on image sensors - increasing light sensitivity of cameras
8.1.1.Case Study: RFID cell phone patent for diagnostic applications allowed in Korea
8.1.2.Case Study: Motorola: Printing wide area sensors
9.2.Inorganic biomedical sensors
9.3.Disposable blocked artery sensors
9.4.Disposable asthma analysis
9.4.1.Screen Printed Optical Resonant Biosensors
9.5.Polymer bioelectronics and biosensors
9.5.1.Case Study: ETH-Zurich Breath sensor detects diabetes
9.5.2.Case Study: Carbon nanotube sensors detect minute levels of oxygen
9.5.3.Case Study: Ultrasensitive electronic sensor array speeds up DNA detection
9.5.4.Case Study: Scientists use print technology to develop biomedical sensors
9.5.5.Case Study: Stretchable electronics technology with standard endocardial balloon
9.5.6.Case Study: Smart fabrics make clever medical clothing
9.5.7.Case Study: UCSD: Intelligent underwear
9.5.8.Aneeve to develop hormone sensors from inkjet printed carbon nanotubes
9.5.9.Case Study Reebok and MC10 announce development collaboration
9.5.10.Case Study: Flexible electronics treating abnormal heart rhythms
9.5.11.Case Study: Carbon nanotubes detect toxins in drinking water
9.5.12.Case Study: Georgetown Gentag and SAIC: Developing glucose sensors
9.5.13.Case Study: Nano-Proprietary Inc: Nano-Biosensor patent
9.5.14.Case Study: SIGMA SPORT: Fabric based sensing - a challenge in physiological monitoring devices
9.5.15.Case Study: BIOIDENT: First printed lab-on-chip system announced
9.5.16.Case Study: Bed sheets monitor heart patients in their own home
10.1.1.Case Study: Georgia Institute of Technology: Printed wireless sensor could detect explosives
10.1.2.Case Study: UC SAN DIEGO: Swimming with sensors
10.1.3.Case Study: UoL IMPERIAL COLLEGE: New security sensor devices made possible by metallic nanostructures
10.1.4.Case Study: US Army with the New Jersey Institute of Technology: Smart paint - science fiction?
10.1.5.Case Study: US ARMY: The future for military sensors may be in tiny solar cells
11.1.1.Case Study: Printing Piezo energy harvesters
11.1.2.Case Study: VTT Piezoelectric paint in Finland
2.1.Market Forecast for Printed and Flexible sensors 2012-2022
2.2.Leading market drivers 2022
2.3.Printed and Flexible Sensor Forecast 2012 - 2022
3.1.Market Players in Printed and Flexible Force Sensors
4.1.Market players in Printed Piezo-electric sensors
5.1.Market players in printed and flexible touch sensors
5.2.Market players in touch sensors
6.1.Market players in printed and flexible temperature sensors
7.1.Market players in printed photo sensors
2.1.Rigid, printed and flexible substrates
2.2.Printed electronics market sectors
2.3.Main drivers for adoption of printed and flexible sensors
2.4.2012 Market share by application areas printed and flexible sensors US$ Million
2.5.2022 Market share by application areas printed and flexible sensors US$ Million
2.6.Market for printed and flexible sensors by rigidity 2012-2022
3.1.Construction of a force sensor
3.2.Pressurex® Sensor Films for Solar module production
3.3.The sensor is stretchy in all directions and then rebounds to the original shape
4.1.Piezoelectric Sensor Device (Meas Spec DT Series)
4.2.Printed strain and stress sensors could be used in sports medicine
5.1.The sensor recognizes the finger's heat signal without being touched.
6.1.Nano Silicon Printed Temperature Sensor Thermistor
7.1.Ultra-small camcorder for super high vision
7.2.Color camera imaging system
7.3.Case Study: ISORG Organic photodetectors and image sensors
7.4.Schematic illustration of steps for using compressible silicon focal plane arrays and hemispherical, elastomeric transfer elements to fabricate electronic eye cameras
8.1.Physical and Digital Realization Research
8.2.The 3 Plast project
8.3.Printed Sensing
8.4.Trends in Mobile Communication
9.1.Projected growth for diabetic test strips 2012-2017
9.2.Printed and Flexible Biomedical Sensors market share 2012
9.3.Printed and Flexible BioChemical Sensors Market Share 2022
9.4.Prototype of the diabetes sensor. Thanks to its small size, it could be incorporated into an affordable, portable device for the purpose of self-diagnosis.
9.5.Confined space rescue
9.6.A schematic illustration of IBN's Nanogap Sensor Array. There is a 5-20 nm gap or insulating layer between a pair of metal electrodes.
9.7.The sensing protocol of the device allows the DNA strands to "stick" to the two different surfaces of the sensor, which have been coated with a capture probe solution.
9.8.Professor Tim Claypole (left) and Dr Chris Phillips, Senior Research Officer, comparing a printed array with a multi-well plate that is currently used.
9.9.The team who successfully integrated stretchable electronics technology with standard endocardial balloon catheters
9.10.Fully inflated multifunctional balloon instrumented with temperature, tactile and EKG sensors on islands interconnected by non-coplanar serpentine wires.
10.1.Wetsuit sleeve
10.2.An image of the metallic ring and disk. The scale bar shows 200 nanometres
10.3.Military sensor

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