Gains are being made in numerous applications, including sensors, displays and more.
Flexible and printed electronics are an excellent opportunity for applications that can change our lives. The interest in hybrid electronics, merging the advantages of silicon-based technologies with printing and other low-cost manufacturing processes, is helping to bring these new products closer to the mainstream.
Sensors are one of the areas where flexible hybrid electronics are making inroads. Glucose strips were an early market success, but sensors are now finding opportunities in more commercial and industrial areas, from medical, automotive and aerospace to cosmetics and packaging and much more. Manufacturers such as L’Oreal, General Electric and Boeing are using flexible electronics in their products.
“I would say there’s tremendous growth in both the number and diversity of applications for sensors – there are many applications in monitoring all sorts of things,” said Malcolm Thompson, executive director of NextFlex, Americ
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