News (flexible electronics)

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

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. 


The IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara is America's leading event for the PE industry

Printed Electronics takes centre stage in Santa Clara

The IDTechEx Show, also known as Printed Electronics USA, will have its next instalment from 16-17 November in Santa Clara, California. The event covers the world’s most disruptive technologies, from structural electronics to e-mobility, and energy storage innovations to advanced materials.


A new funding round is expected to support PragmatIC's move from pilot production to volume manufacturing

Major funding for PragmatIC supports further growth of the company

PragmatIC, a leader in flexible electronics based in Cambridge, UK, has secured £18M of funding including a strategic investment from Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 company with leading global positions in labelling and packaging materials as well as radio frequency identification (RFID). Avery Dennison joins the existing shareholders Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) and ARM, who also participated in the round.


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