A semi-passive hydrogel-based contact lens powered up by an RF wireless coupling (photo: imec)

Imec, Ghent University and SEED demonstrate electronics in hydrogel-based soft lenses


At the imec technology forum Japan (ITF Japan 2018), imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, the Ghent University (UGent), and contact lens manufacturer SEED Co., Ltd. announced that they have developed a contact lens with an integrated LED light, including an ultra-thin silicon microchip, radio‐frequency (RF) antenna for wireless energy transfer, and stretchable thin‐film interconnections. Different from the traditional contact lens-type wearable devices made of non-water-containing material, this novel device is made of hydrogel-based material.


Thinfilm’s Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) technology (photo: Thin Film Electronics)

Thinfilm’s Printed Electronics Fab awarded by IDTechEx

Exhibitions / Events

Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway), a leader in NFC mobile marketing solutions, has recently received the IDTechEx Technical Development in Manufacturing award in recognition of its pioneering roll-to-roll printed electronics fab in San José, California.


Guido van Tartwijk, new CEO of Heliatek (photo: Heliatek)

Heliatek appoints new CEO


With effect from 1 November 2018, Guido van Tartwijk has become the new CEO of Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany), a leading organic photovoltaic (OPV) innovator. He succeeds Thibaud Le Séguillon, who left Heliatek in July 2018. Together with CFO Jan Kiel, who has been with Heliatek since July, he forms the new dual management team of the company.


The University of Twente has a high reputation in nano-materials (photo: Solliance)

University of Twente and Solliance start collaboration

Companies / Markets

The University of Twente (The Netherlands) and Solliance Solar Research have started a long term collaboration, which focusses on the integration of thin film solar technology in building materials and flexible applications, and on further development and analyses of perovskite based solar cells. The University of Twente has joined all three shared research programmes at Solliance Solar Research as a partner.


PragmatIC has entered into a partnership with S&S (photo: PragmatIC)

PragmatIC and S&S smooth the way for ultra-low cost printed RFID

Companies / Markets

PragmatIC (Cambridge, UK) has announced a strategic collaboration with Smooth & Sharp Corporation (S&S), a major supplier of RFID inlays and manufacturing tools, which is expected to accelerate the adoption of PragmatIC’s flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs).