On 7 November 2019, at CES Unveiled New York, PassiveBolt was named as the winner of a CES 2020 Innovation award in the highly competitive smart home category for their Shepherd Lock. Shepherd Lock is a keyless entry system with many features integrated into the smart surface using TactoTek (Oulu, Finland) IMSE technology. Shepherd Lock will be commercially available in early 2020.
Optomec (Albuquerque, New Mexico), a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing equipment and software, announced that its Aerosol Jet print engine has been upgraded to operate with an uninterrupted 8-hour runtime. The solution enables full shift operation to better meet the needs of current and next-generation electronics manufacturing across a broad range of industries.
Ynvisible Interactive Inc. (Vancouver, Canada) has appointed Michael Robinson and Leif Ljungqvist as new independent members of its board of directors. “Michael and Leif infuse our Board with commercial experience that is vital to transforming our innovations in market. They are highly accomplished and internationally connected within the premium consumer brands space and fields of technology linked to printed electronics,” said Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, CEO of Ynvisible. “Working with start-ups and large corporations, they build innovations in measured and sustainable ways. Their actionable insights greatly strengthen our company.”
Ultra-thin glass – one human hair thick – is ideally suited as a material for mass production of optical components and parts as well as for encapsulating optical and optoelectronic systems. Its production requires a completely coordinated process chain – from manufacture to functionalisation. This is the goal to be accomplished by 2022 in the GLASS4FLEX joint research project.
Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, received NASA funding to test a technology for monitoring astronauts’ health status under zero gravity conditions using a first-of-its-kind disposable diagnostic device developed by imec’s spin-off, miDiagnostics. Imec will design test parameters and perform experiments in different gravity scenarios using one of miDiagnostics’ devices that is built around a silicon-based nanofluidic processor that performs a series of blood sample manipulations yielding a cell blood count with fast turnaround time.