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Business and Technology Insight Forums Osaka 2016

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

September 26-28, 2016 | Osaka, Japan

Grand Cube Osaka (Osaka International Convention Center)
5-3-51, Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005 JAPAN

Rooms: 801/802

Innovations in Sensors & Actuators


Critical business intelligence covering forecasts, players, case studies, opportunities and technology and market assessment

Sensors are playing an increasingly important role for enabling improved healthcare, wearable technology and IoT. While the biggest market for printed and flexible sensors is currently glucose sensors (for the treatment of diabetes), a new generation of printed or flexible sensors are now emerging from R&D and the range of applications is vast. There are many types of sensors and therefore many addressable markets. IDTechEx forecasts that the market for fully printed sensors will be over $8 billion by 2026.

Progress in sensors involves new materials and manufacturing processes which are enabling new form factors such as flexible, thin and lightweight devices. These are being exploited in consumer electronics including wearable technology and IoT and will have an impact in emerging sectors such as collaborative robotics, all of which is covered in this session. For actuators, the main focus will be on new technologies and their applications in haptic feedback, speakers, etc.

Additionally, the forum will look at sensor trends. In particular, it will focus on key application areas of IoT, Wearable Technology and Robotics, where sensors are often the key enabling component adding new value. Whilst the end result can be very varied, the sensing technologies used in each of these sectors have inherent similarities. Therefore, this session brings these topics together around their component-level building blocks, describing the broad opportunity available to players in this field.

This masterclass is setup to provide an overview of each of the technologies used today (including describing the supplier landscape). The speakers will detail the challenges when refining their function for each application. Finally, the opportunities for development and growth in this area will be outlined, using some examples of current research-level projects.

What you will learn?

All of these sectors comprise of a complex and rapidly changing technology and market landscape, which can make it difficult to identify genuine opportunities for companies involved or wishing to get involved or to see the current state of play.

This forum addresses both the business and technologies involved - providing deep depth including significant market data to allow you to understand these complex landscapes. Attendees will leave with a clear, quantified view of the markets, technology assessment and development roadmaps, key player profiles and their strategy for market adoption, with lessons from success and failures.

The forum is hosted by IDTechEx, which has been studying this topic since 1999, and which is widely cited as a global expert on these topics. Research is based on direct interviews with more than 500 companies, in addition to informal interviews with approximately 1,000 companies each year. IDTechEx analysts are deeply technical (typically PhD level) and commercially experienced, conducting research from bases in Europe, Asia and USA in eight languages. This event is targeted to those involved in growth strategy, business development, research and engineering, innovation management. It is attended by companies involved in material supply, equipment manufacture, component and device manufacture, OEMs and systems integrators.

This forum can be attended on its own or in addition to the Wearable Technologies session, which is complimentary in subject matter as are the sessions the day before and the day after A discount is available for booking multiple sessions.

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English



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Forum 4 / Agenda

27 September / Afternoon / Rooms 801/802

IDTechEx Japanese Analysts Yasuo Yamamoto and Miwako Murakoshi, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch, networking and registration
    for the afternoon session
  • 14:00 - 14:15

Printed Flexible Sensors

Compiled by Dr Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Existing markets and overall growth 2016-2026
  • Value chain and sensor differentiation
  • Growth drivers
  • 14:15 - 15:40

Detailed assessment of printed flexible sensors with ten year forecasts

Compiled by Dr Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    For each sensor type below, the following will be covered:
  • Technology capability and assessment
  • Market drivers and applications assessment
  • Key players
  • Roadmap and forecast

This will be covered for the following printed flexible sensor categories:

  • Biosensors
  • Capacitive sensors
  • Piezoresistive sensors
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Photodetectors
  • Temperature sensors
  • Humidity sensors
  • Gas sensors
  • 15:40 - 15:55
  • Networking break
  • 15:55 - 16:25

Actuators and Haptics

Compiled by James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Haptics industry and technology overview
  • Key players
  • Emerging actuators and haptics
  • Ten year forecasts
  • 16:25 - 16:55

Wearable and IoT Sensors

Compiled by James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Market forecasts for wearable sensors over the next decade
  • Incumbent and emerging sensors for wearable devices
  • Key trends in sensor type, form and adoption
  • Environmental sensing
  • Case studies from key players

Sensor technologies covered include:

  • MEMS
  • optical sensors
  • biochemical sensing
  • gas sensors
  • Wireless RFID sensors
  • 16:55 - 17:35

Sensors for Robotics

Compiled by Dr Harry Zervos, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Trends and innovation in robotics.
  • The emergence of collaborative robots
  • Sensors as key enabling technologies in robotics
  • Vision Guided Robotics (VGR), 2D and 3D Vision
  • LIDAR
  • Force sensing for robotics.
  • Other sensor toolkits in new generations of robots
  • Sensors by application: devices, key developers, market forecasts
  • Future directions in robotics and sensing: soft robotics, robotic skins
  • 17:35 - 17:50
  • Conclusions and questions with IDTechEx
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

About IDTechEx

Since 1999 IDTechEx has provided independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technologies to clients in over 80 countries. Our clients use our insights to help make strategic business decisions and grow their organizations. IDTechEx is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with additional offices in Boston, USA; Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, Korea.

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