Flexible electronics

Flexible electronics

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Connected objects and Flexible
printed electronics

The 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 SmartInk product line, the future of electronics will be green, lightweight, flexible and connected.

Incorporating connected objects technology, an object can have a richer set of functions by being connected to the Internet. Its features can be improved thanks to the automatic software updates made through the Internet.

It is expected that up to 50 billion ‘smart’ devices, ranging from cars and parking meters to coffee machines and combine harvesters, could globally 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, antennae… into existing objects without compromising their form factor.

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

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

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

Smart sunglasses that 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 vision. This 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 capacity to reflect projected digital images as well as allowing users to see through them or to see better with it.

Smart windows :
Buildings evolve, become multifunctional and interconnected via smart grids. Intelligent facades are therefore now more than ever a topic that is relevant to building owners.

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 line, GenesInk has developed a set of conductive inks practical for use with busbars, connectors, circuits that are also compatible with ITO deposition.

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

In that regard, we offer experience and expertise in developing custom-designed 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, have increased 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 utilizing sensor technologies, 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’s SmartInk product line 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 to be 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 populations increased hearing aid usage and a trend for customized implants.

This leads to more form factor constraints and subsequently, the extensive use of printed electronics in the devices. GenesInk’s Smart Conductive inks enable lighter, smaller and faster electronics in hearing devices.

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

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

A digital pen or smart pen is an input device which is used to captures the handwritten notes into digital form and can be used with tablets, smartphones, digital paper, and many more surfaces. The global digital pen market is expected to witness a significant growth rate, owing to a 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 their use when used normally. GenesInk conductive inks solutions enable lighter, smaller and faster electronics for digital writing.

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