Enabling The Niches: When Glass Doesn't Fit. (Printed Electronics Europe 2017)

Mr John Rudin, Technical Director
Folium Optics
United Kingdom


Europe 2017 Presentation - Folium Optics*
Europe 2017 Audio Presentation - Folium Optics*

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Presentation Summary

Thin, flexible, low power, and highly visible displays based on plastic processing have been promised for decades, but it is very difficult to beat traditional glass for cost, compatibility and quality. However, not all products are flat and rectangular. Folium has been developing both the plastic display technology and the prototype systems which enable niche applications, particularly in healthcare, eye protection, and defence. We present some of our current work, and outline the challenges faced to make commercially viable components and products in low and high volumes.

Speaker Biography (John Rudin)

John studied Engineering at Durham University, and Optics at Reading University. After working as a product design engineer he joined Hewlett Packard and helped found their UK based displays research group. In 2013 he and Steve Kitson set up Folium Optics to further the commercialisation of colourful, low power plastic displays.

Company Profile (Folium Optics)

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Folium Optics is a new venture, founded in late 2013 by Steve Kitson and John Rudin, formerly at Hewlett Packard Laboratories Bristol. Folium Optics aims to commercialise low power, highly readable, full colour, reflective plastic displays. We believe that there is a huge market for sunlight readable signage, low power wearables, and robust products based on a significant improvement in the optical efficiency of colour display modes, and the adoption of plastic processing, leading to novel form factors and product design.
Folium Optics offers prototype development and fabrication from their cleanroom facilities in the UK, with links to European and worldwide manufacturing for volume.
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