A large area printable solid state luminaire from CSEM

European project LASSIE-FP7 explores innovative intelligent lighting solutions

Wednesday 07 December 2016
Companies / Markets

LASSIE-FP7 (Large Area Solid State Intelligent Efficient Luminaires), a European project, is pushing back the boundaries in the lighting industry. The module developed by the consortium led by CSEM, a Swiss micro- and nanotechnology research institute, is reported to strengthen the range of tools available to the European lighting industry and offers an innovative solution providing exceptional light quality and colour rendering that stands the test of time.


NIST research has found that the flexible plastic membrane on which wearables would be built might work better if the membrane had microscopic holes in it (photo: NIST)

For wearable electronic devices, NIST shows plastic holes are golden

Monday 05 December 2016

In science, sometimes the best discoveries come when you’re exploring something else entirely. That’s the case with recent findings from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where a research team has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable electronic devices that monitor our health. 


Thanks to a new package, Osram Opto Semiconductors reduces the length of its large-area photodiodes by about 20% (photo: Osram)

Osram unveils space-saving photodetector for fitness sensors

Wednesday 30 November 2016

The new IR Topled D5140 from German-based Osram Opto Semiconductors is reported to require considerably less pc board space than before. It enables more compact sensors to be produced for monitoring fitness levels, for example in fitness armbands. The spectral sensitivity of the D5140 has been optimised for visible light and allows precise heart rate measurements using red or green light. The component is also ideal as an ambient light sensor.


A skin-like biomedical technology might bring new electronic bandages. (photo: Purdue University; Min Ku Kim)

Purdue University unveils biomedical skin-like bandage

Monday 28 November 2016

A skin-like biomedical technology that uses a mesh of conducting nanowires and a thin layer of elastic polymer might bring new electronic bandages that monitor biosignals for medical applications and provide therapeutic stimulation through the skin. The research behind this project was conducted by scientists from Purdue University (West Lafayette (IN), USA).


The IDTech Ex Show in Santa Clara has ended on a positive note for visitors, exhibitors and organisers

“IDTechEx Show!” in Santa Clara sees substantial growth

Thursday 24 November 2016
Exhibitions / Events

The “IDTechEx Show!” – also known as Printed Electronics USA – in Santa Clara, California, was attended by 3146 visitors from 45 countries. 212 exhibitors were showcasing their materials, machinery, components, finished devices and services.