Das offered the opening Cornerstone Presentation at the recent Printed Electronics USA 2017 trade show and conference in Santa Clara, CA. Along with 250+ exhibitors from 24 countries, the event drew about 3,500 industry professionals from 44 countries to take part in the 270 technical presentations.
The EIT backpack features a built-in LED display (left).
Here are some Converting Curmudgeon “bullet points-of-interest:”
- Printed, flexible and organic electronics is a $29.3 billion market this year. Twenty-six percent is predominately printed. Forty percent is predominately flexible; that share is expected to grow to 63% by 2027. Nearly three-quarters of the market is OLED displays (not printed). And more than $12 billion have been invested in various development efforts in the past 18 months.
Sensel flexible, Bluetooth keyboards can be fit with changeable overlays for a QWERTY keyboard, piano, video editing, drum pad, music production, and gaming (right).
- Miniaturization, lower power consumption, and new form factors are top trends for sensors. Two key end uses: environmental gas sensors will be a $3 billion market in 2027; point-of-care sensor apps will rise from $14 billion this year to $24 billion in 2022. Core consumer apps include blood-glucose test strips and wearables such as FitBit wristbands. The market for artificial pancreas technologies will exceed $6.5 billion by 2027.
Zero (100% electric) Motorcycles ( above right) run on Z-Force lithium-ion batteries.
- The wearables subcategory of smart clothing and footwear will climb 53% CAGR to 2022. While a small market today, there is a strong push from both apparel and technology brands. Augmented/virtual reality apps are growing 47% CAGR to 2022; this subgroup received $1.8 billion in venture-capital funding last year. The related haptics field may be worth $2.8 billion by 2027. And the related stretchable and conformal electronics market is projected at $600+ million by 2027.
- IoT is coming into its own with 5G trials in 11 US cities, 60+ countries now covered by IoT nationwide networks, and new car models in Europe being connected in 2018. Over 18 million RFID tags were sold in 2017 (an $11.2 billion market for all components), and NFC labels are finding more consumer-product packaging apps.
- Electric vehicles will gain on the decline of combustion-engine-powered cars and trucks. Diesel and gasoline bans are afoot in the UK, France, Netherlands and Norway beginning in 2025-2045.
- Changing battery chemistries point to sulphur cathodes, solid organic electrolytes, silicon anodes, solvent-free processing and voltages up to 5V come 2028. As much as 1,700 GWh worth of global energy storage & production is projected for 2028.