Flexible sensors are proving to be a major opportunity for manufacturers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets.
David Savastano, Editor11.10.17
The field of flexible and printed electronics is generating more interest in numerous markets, with sensors being one of the most prominent early successes. These sensors are appearing in markets ranging from medical, airplanes and automobiles to packaging and cosmetics, to name a few.
“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, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Institute. “We’re all familiar with the athletic and medical monitors that are being developed, but it goes way beyond that. There are structural monitors, sensors for measuring stress in pipes, dams and airplane wings, all the way through to agricultural sensors. These devices can measure the amount of water in soil, as well as monitor chemicals around plants to determine contamination or assess when they
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