The electronic industry is in the midst of a major paradigm shift: novel form factors are emerging ranging from limited flexibility to ultra-elastic and conformable electronics. This transfiguration has, of course, been in the making for more than a decade now, but it is only now that it is beginning to make a substantial commercial impact.
This shift is not an incremental or a sustaining technology that furthers technology performance along well-established industry lines. Instead, it seeks to create new functions, new applications, and new users. As such, this technology frontier currently only has vague figures-of-merit and limited insight on customer needs.
Indeed, many opponents have long argued that this entire class of emerging materials/devices is a classic case of technology-push, a solution looking for a problem. This view may have been right in the early days, but we now see this trend as an essential step towards the inevitable endgame of new electronics: structural electronics.
Structural electronics is a disruptive megatrend that will transform traditional electronics from being components-in-a-box into truly invisible electronics that part of the structure. This is a major long-term innovation that we lead to a root-and-branch change of the electronic industry including its value chain, its materials, its components, and so on. Stretchable and conformable electronics is giving shape to this megatrend. Indeed, it enables it.
- Aiq Smart Clothing
- Asahi Kasei
- Ash Chemical
- Bando Chemical
- Bebop Sensors
- Brewer Science
- Cityzen Sciences
- Directa Plus
- Dupont Advanced Materials
Key Topics Covered:
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
3. STRETCHABLE ELECTRONIC TEXTILES (E-TEXTILES)
4. STRETCHABLE CONDUCTIVE INKS
5. IN-MOLD CONDUCTIVE INKS
6. STRETCHABLE AND IN-MOLD TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE FILM
7. SUBSTRATES FOR STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS
8. STRETCHABLE SENSORS
9. THERMOFORMED POLYMERIC ACTUATOR
10. ENERGY STORAGE: STRETCHABLE BATTERIES AND SUPERCAPACITORS
11. STRETCHABLE OR EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE CIRCUITS BOARDS
12. STRETCHABLE DISPLAYS
13. STRETCHABLE TRANSISTORS
16. COMPANY PROFILES AND INTERVIEWS
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