Flexible electronics

Flexible electronics

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Connected objects and Flexible
printed electronics

Majority of applications that incorporate printed electronics are getting thinner in dimension and form factor. SmartInk conductive inks solutions open a new path for highly flexible electronic circuits and reduced dimensions for connected objects by removing technical road blocks.

GenesInk offers the ability to integrate electronic devices into most objects without having an impact on their shape or size: flexible, conformable, invisible while showing extended performance.

With our product range SmartInk, future of electronics will be green, lightweight, flexible and connected.

By means of connected objects technology, an object can have a richer set of functions thanks to being connected to the Internet. It can even improve its features thanks to the updates made to its software through the Internet.

It is expected that globally up to 50 billion ‘smart’ devices, ranging from cars and parking meters to coffee machines and combine harvesters, could be connected to the internet by 2022.

One of the key challenges for designers of connected objects is the ability to incorporate electronic devices, sensors, captors, antenna… into existing object without compromising their form factor.

Smaller and integrated printed electronic circuits are the solution. GenesInk provides a range of SmartInk conductive inks enabling the most restrictive designs.

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Smart glasses :
Smart glasses and ophthalmic optics both inorganic and organic can link up with your phone, control the tint of your glass, adjust the volume of your music and provide visual information.

Smart glasses or connected glasses are wearable computer glasses that add information alongside or to what the wearer sees. Alternatively, smart glasses are sometimes defined as wearable computer glasses that can change their optical properties at runtime.

Smart sunglasses which are programmed to change tint by electronic means are an example of the latter type of smart glasses. Also featured, is the possibility to superimpose information onto a field of view. It is achieved through an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) or embedded wireless glass with transparent heads-up display (HUD) or augmented reality (AR) overlay that has the capability of reflecting projected digital images as well as allowing the user to see through it or see better with it.

Smart windows :
Buildings evolve, become multifunctional and interconnected via smart grids. Intelligent facades are therefore more than ever at the heart of prescribers’ issues.

New smart window technologies for buildings allow users to selectively control the transmission of light and heat to suit their requirements. Smart windows are opacifying, motorized, autonomous in energy and connected.

With the SmartInk product range, GenesInk has developed a set of conductive inks usable for busbar, connectors, circuits that are also compatible with ITO deposition.

In addition, GenesInk has developed a transparent conductive ink, TranDuctive®, which offers no compromise between transparency and conductivity. This ink can be processed at low temperature (below 100°C), is extremely bendable and stable.

In that regard, we have experience and expertise to develop custom design inks that will match your exact specifications (substrate, conductivity, deposition process).

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Biomedical sensors :
Medical sensors make medical devices more effective and easier to operate. Recent technological progress in medical sensors, i.e. smart watches for heart rate and sleep apnea, diabetic care devices, orthopedic care devices, and surgery-specific sensory devices, increase the use of smart sensors for multiple diseases and conditions. The global medical sensors market was valued at US$9.554 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach US$11.912 billion by 2023. Rise in adoption of smartphones and other electronic devices with sensor technology, growth in investment by public and private players and expansion of IoT and advanced technologies are the major factors driving the market. Printed biosensors are easy to operate, flexible, mass producible, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, disposable, recyclable and have low power and energy consumption.

GenesInk SmartInk range is used for printed biomedical sensors manufacturing. These inks are adapted to high throughput printing techniques, such as screen printing, inkjet printing, slot die, flexography, etc. considered as cost-effective processes well suited for the fabrication of printed electronics.

Hearing aids :
The growing prevalence of hearing loss is one of the primary factors driving the hearing aids market. By 2050, over 900 million people will suffer from disabling hearing loss particularly due to increased noise pollution levels, genetic factors, ear infections, birth complications and other factors.

Other factors driving this market are technological advancements in hearing aids, the rise in global geriatric population increases hearing aids usage and trend of customized implants.

This is leading to more form factor constraint and the extensive use of printed electronics in the devices. GenesInk Smart Conductive inks enable lighter, smaller and faster electronics in the hearing devices.

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Smart pens :
Global digital pen market is expected to reach $815 million by 2023, according to P&S Intelligence.

Growing usage of digital pens in education and health sectors, increased usage of smart devices, advancements in digital technology, and high per capita income are some of the major factors driving the growth of the market.

Digital pen or smart pen is an input device which is used to captures the handwritten notes into digital notes and can be used with tablets, smartphones, digital paper, and many more surfaces. The global digital pen market is expected to witness significant growth rate, owing to surge in demand for digitization across various end users including BFSI, healthcare, IT & telecom, and manufacturing.

Current digital pens remain bulky and heavy, slowing down its use on a regular use. GenesInk conductive inks solutions enable lighter, smaller and faster electronics for digital writing.

Smart notebooks :
These connected objects are already commercialized and can use various electronic systems. With the SmartInk product range, GenesInk has developed a set of conductive inks usable for busbar, connectors, circuits pushing further the form factor limits.