CPES2016 showcased the convergence of research and development, industry expertise, commercial effort and government activity that gives Canada a tremendous opportunity in the explosive global market for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE). The event was held April 19-20 at Sheridan College in Toronto.
“Our first award winners are representative of over 100 outstanding Canadian organizations that are pioneering great innovations with printable, flexible and wearable electronics,” said Peter Kallai, president and CEO of the CPEIA and chair of the CPES Organizing Committee. “Printable electronics can add smart functions to ordinary objects – these are technologies and applications that will drive the Internet of Things and impact a wide range of end user verticals, including those we explored during CPES. I applaud Myant and Memtronik for their efforts to commercialize new products that will help put Canada on the map in this exciting emerging market.”
For the inaugural CPES Innovation and Commercialization Awards, the judging committee awarded two awards, for product innovation and commercialization.
The winner of the CPES2016 Product Innovation Award was Myant & Co., for its latest breakthrough to integrate technology into textiles.
Just two weeks ago, Myant released Vagalume, a collection of stylish athletic apparel that enhances visibility for safety at night, using electroluminescent technology.
Conventional reflective technology relies on an external light source to be visible. Myant’s Vagalume emits its own light which is visible under any conditions and from any angle.
The winner of the CPES2016 Commercialization Award was Memtronik Innovations, for rapidly responding to a market need for an innovative new solution in the retail industry.
In the space of a month, Memtronik implemented a novel concept in capacitive touch and illuminated displays for a top provider to the consumer market for global brand owners and retailers.
Memtronik used its unique expertise with human-machine interfaces, integrated electronics precision printing with DuPont materials, and surface mount assembly capabilities, to develop and ship innovative prototypes within days.
These integrated printed circuits combine multiple functions with capacitive sensors, conductive adhesive, and controlled LED lighting, for use in 3D demo displays.
Memtronik is expecting, and will be able to fulfill, volume orders quickly and locally, creating a new solution for a multi-million-dollar market.