Future Links CW 25 – Future Technologies Edition

This week’s future links deal with future technologies including a sensor that can monitor a tread of car tires, the new OLED evaluation agreement, a 3D facial recognition system, flexible solar panels and smart printed electronics.

Printed Sensor Monitors the Tread of Car Tires

Engineers at Duke University have invented a printed sensor that will increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce fuel consumption. In cooperation with Fetch Automotive Design Group they are using metallic carbon nanotubes, which can track millimeter-scale changes in tread depth dependably. The sensors are rugged and durable, so they are able to survive the harsh environment inside a tire. The new technology relies on the mechanics of how electric fields interact with metallic conductors.

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A 3D Facial Recognition System is on its Way to Get Commercial

The University of the West of England works together with the facial recognition company Customer Clever to develop a solution for high security UK and global commercial uses. 170.000 £ are invested in this project, which helps commercially implementing the technology. Before it can be used in real occurrence they have to iron out problems with the different lighting conditions and people walking around in the background. Nevertheless, the 3D solution is more accurate in facial recognition than 2D systems.

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New OLED Evaluation Agreement Between Universal Display Corporation

The Universal Display Corporation announced that they will expand and update their evaluation agreement with Japan Display Inc (JDI). This collaboration shall transform the consumer electronic market with better displays by using the UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent OLED materials and technology in the OLED displays from JDI.

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Energy Harvesting with Flexible Organic Photovoltaics

KOLON Industries comes along with new flexible solar panels. Some of the panels are available in different colors as a style feature. In order to allow their incorporation panels in jackets, backpacks, tents or tumblers. With this step the company aims to globalize its business of automotive materials, advanced materials, optical films, chemicals and fashion industries.

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Breakthrough in Smart Printed Electronics

Researchers in the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research center (AMBER) have produced printed transistors consisting only of 2-dimensional nanomaterials for the first time. This printed electronic circuitry innovation will allow consumer products to gather, process, display and transmit informations. The benefit of 2D nanomaterials are their cost effective and higher performance aspects.

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