A CoinPower cell being used in wireless earbuds for phone calls (photo: VARTA Microbattery)

VARTA Microbattery: CoinPower supplies power to wearables and hearables


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To open or start a modern car, nobody has to use a key anymore. Today, miniature computers do the job, which are being upgraded by car manufacturers with more and more capabilities. These Smart Keys can do a lot more: For example, they provide information about the oil level, the remaining range, the filling level of the tank, the status of the doors and windows and the control of fully automatic parking and retrieval. To achieve all this smoothly, lithium-ion batteries with high energy density and capacity must be robust and reliable at the same time.

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Headphones produced by means of biotechnology (photo: VTT)

VTT: Headphones made from biomaterials produced by yeast and fungal mycelium


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Microbially grown materials can be used to replace oil-based materials in various everyday consumer products – such as headphones. A project team comprising research scientists, industrial designers and documentarians wanted to prove this possible and produced a set of headphones in their project Korvaa, the plastic and leather components of which were grown by microbes. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University produced the materials, Aivan took care of industrial design, and Fotoni Film documented and photographed the progress of the project.

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Brewer Science offers a wide range of printing capabilities for flexible and hybrid electronics (photo: Brewer Science)

Brewer Science named a top workplace


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Brewer Science (Rolla, Missouri) has been awarded a 2019 Top Workplace honour by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Energage, LLC, an employee research and consulting firm, has partnered with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the past seven years to determine top workplaces in the area based on anonymous employee survey feedback. Companies on the Top Workplace list demonstrate strong values, effective leadership, clear direction and motivated employees.

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A packaging solution with PragmatIC’s technology (photo: PragmatIC)

Chinese packaging company Baoshen joins growing customer list for PragmatIC’s flexible integrated circuits


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PragmatIC (Cambridge, UK), a leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics, has announced that BSN, part of the Baoshen Group, has placed an order for its recently released ConnectIC products. This adds to an already strong order book for PragmatIC’s unique flexible integrated circuits that are considered to be the ideal solution for adding intelligence to mass-market consumer goods and packaging.

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A foldable OLED display (photo: Holst Centre)

SALDtech receives further funding to enable mass production of next-generation foldable OLED displays


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SALDtech recently announced that it has closed a second investment round with Innovation Industries, a leading high-tech VC fund and BOM, Brabant Development agency. TNO, through its subsidiary Holst Centre, has invested over 10 years in developing a new technology called spatial atomic layer deposition to produce large area ultra-thin layers with world class performance. SALDtech, a spin-off of TNO, will use the investment to develop and build production equipment to be integrated into the production lines of next generation flexible OLED displays for mobile phones, tablets, TVs and more.

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