Roger Grace, President of Roger Grace Associates, announces a call for abstracts for the all-day June 26, 2018 Sensors Expo pre-conference workshop. Abstract deadline in January 5, 2018. The session will address Printed/Flexible Stretchable (P/F/S) and Functional Fabric (FF) Sensors from a commercialization perspective to support Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable applications.
Mr. Grace will be joined by other world recognized leaders in the P/F/S and FF sensors and electronics area representing organizations from the US, Europe and Asia who will present information on current research and development activities and application opportunities for P/S/T and FF sensors and P/S/T and FF Sensor-based systems issues. The exhibition and technical conference will take place at the McEnery San Jose California Convention Center from June 26-28, 2018.
Mr. Grace stated, “This all-day session is a key and integral part of my “evangelization” of P/F/S and FF sensors. It was developed to help inform and educate the technical, technical management, and business community of the major significance of P/S/T and FF sensor-based technologies and their enabled far- reaching opportunities in IoT and wearable applications from both a current and future perspective. Attendees will be provided with presentations from representatives of leading international organizations representing the entire ecosystem of P/S/T and FF sensors and associated electronics, from research and development to manufacturing, who are in the forefront of bringing new and unique P/S/T and FF technologies to the market. We are expecting that several speakers from leading international research and development organizations and universities will address their efforts on device development and integration issues and future application opportunities. Presentations will address the current and future opportunities for P/F/S and FF sensors and the necessary requirements for them to become commercially viable. Also, to be addressed will be other functional elements of these IoT and wearable systems e.g. batteries, memory/logic as well as packaging and interconnects. Barriers to the successful commercialization and strategies resulting in monetization of P/S/T and FF sensors strategies from perspectives including integration, infrastructure and manufacturing will be addressed. The session will also address the requisite infrastructure of materials, manufacturing and test systems. We expect the attendee to emerge from the session with a good knowledge of where we have come from, where we are, where we’re going, and what they need to do to help create a more commercially viable P/S/T and FF sensor industry as well as where they can participate in exploiting current and future major application opportunities for P/S/T sensors.”
He concluded, “This Sensors Expo 2018 precon session has, to the best of my knowledge, the most highly concentrated and expansive effort to date to exclusively address the topic of P/F/S and FF sensors”.
About Printed/Flexible/Stretchable/Wearable and Functional-Fabric Sensors
The availability of sensors that can take the shape and work reliably in their imposed complex and demanding working environment has existed for quite some time. Interlink Electronics and Tekscan introduced their flexible sensor product lines in the mid-80’s. With the recent popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT), “wearables” (including clothing) and, more importantly disposables, create the need for low-cost single or multiple sensors per system that are small, lightweight and low- power consuming that also can conform to the shape of and survive the environment in which they must operate and are becoming essential.
This is especially relevant in the creation of measurement systems, which typically rely upon several sensors and their accompanying microcontroller/embedded sensor fusion algorithms that make them “smart” and enable them to address a myriad of IoT applications. Recent estimates report the total market for printed/flexible sensors to be $8 billion of the $340 billion flexible electronics market by 2025. With expected unit average sales prices (ASPs) of approximately $0.01 by 2025, this translates into an annual 800-billion-unit volume market…and certainly qualifies as a significant constituent of the trillion sensors initiative.
The US DOD has recently awarded major contracts to organizations to move these two important technologies forward. Headed by MIT, the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Program received $75 million in funding matched with $242 from many participating organizations in late April 2016. In August 2015, the FlexTech Alliance received $75 million from DOD with matching grants of $96 million from organizations to create and manage a flexible hybrid electronics facility in San Jose California.