The printed electronics industry has been quietly refocusing over the last few years, with players seeking specific opportunities where the technology adds strong value for the application.
US researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in response to external stimuli.
The fully flexible electronic devices could enable a wide range of applications that conform to different shapes and allow free movement without compromising function.
Researchers have developed an ultrathin, artificial muscle for soft robotics, demonstrated via a robotic blooming flower brooch, dancing robotic butterflies and fluttering tree leaves on a kinetic art piece.
Researchers have developed transfer-printing technology that uses hydrogel and nano ink to easily create high-performance sensors on flexible substrates of diverse shapes and structures.
US researchers have developed heat-free technology that they claim can print conductive, metallic lines and traces on just about anything — from flowers to gelatin.
Reid Print Technologies has the engineering and production capabilities required to develop, design, manufacture, assemble and supply flexible printed electronics such as smart flexible sensors.
Anusha Withana is developing a superthin, hyper-flexible sticky tape that can have electronic circuits printed onto it.
Physicists have found a way to manipulate superthin, wafer-like monolayers of superconductors such as graphene, thus changing the material's properties to create new artificial materials for future devices.
Graphene and other related materials can be directly incorporated into fabrics to produce charge storage elements such as capacitors, paving the way to textile-based power supplies.
German researchers have developed a process suitable for 3D printing that can be used to produce transparent and mechanically flexible electronic circuits.
The smart composite material shows properties that have not previously been observed: it increases in electrical conductivity as it is deformed, especially when elongated.
Electronic skin developed by the National University of Singapore is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive and self-healing in aquatic environments.
US researchers have developed a fibre that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tough material that could be incorporated into soft robotics.
Engineers have, for the first time, affordably 'printed' high-mobility semiconductor nanowires onto flexible surfaces to develop high-performance, ultrathin electronic layers.