Category Archives: wearable

SEMI FLEX Singapore 2016 Conference is very successful

October 11, 2016

I just returned from the SEMI FLEX Southeast Asia 2016 Conference, at the beautiful Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. It’s a very successful conference with all seats sold out several days before. This is my first time to visit Singapore. It’s my honor to meet some of you in person.

Figure 1. The Marina Bay Sands is a spectacular architecture that combines hotel, exhibition & conference center, shopping center and casino.

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Photo by: Touch Display Research Inc.

The president of SEMI Southeast Asia, Mr. NG Kai Fai gave a welcome speech at the opening ceremony.

Figure: SEMI Southeast Asia’s Mr. NG Kai Fai gave welcome speech

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Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave an invited presentation on flexible display and flexible touch: technologies and market forecast.

Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove’s presenting slide

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Source: Touch Display Research

This conference also have many exhibitors. More analysis and review of the SEMI FLEX Southeast Asia 2016 Conference can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” October monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

 

SID 2016 Monday Seminar: from mainstream to emerging display

May 25, 2016

SID 2016 DisplayWeek is held in San Francisco, California this week. I taught a seminar on Monday morning, titled “Display Market Forecast –LCD, OLED, e-paper and touch, from main stream to emerging display”.

I’m honored to have been teaching Monday Seminar for 3 years at SID DisplayWeek. According to the conference organizer, there are over 600 attendees for the Monday seminar this year, which is a record high in SID history.

During the 90-min seminar, I first listed the hot trends in display industry in 2016 and 2017. Then I provided the global display industry market forecast to 2026. The overall display industry growth is slowing down but there are hot trends in many areas. Then I discuss the new opportunities in display market:  quantum dot display, flexible and curved LCD display, high resolution, OLED display, e-paper display, embedded touch screen, active pen and touchless human-machine-interaction sensors.

Figure: Dr. Colegrove taught Monday Seminar at SID 2016 DisplayWeek.

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Photo credit: Jinzenji-san at Japan Display Inc.

More and more people joined the seminar, many of them had to stand for the one and half an hour seminar. From the questions the attendee asked at the Q&A session, I believe many people are interested in 3 areas: quantum dot, flexible display, touch screen.

More analysis can be found in the “Quantum dot 2016 report”, “Flexible, curved and foldable display report”, Touch and Emerging Display monthly report, June 2016 issue.

For those audiences who has given me your name cards, I’ll send you one monthly report– “Touch and Emerging Display report”– for free next week.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

FLEX 2016 conference review

March 4, 2016

I just returned from the 2016 FLEX conference in Monterey California. There were about 650 attendees this year, 10% more than last year. It was great to meet some of you in person.

At the FLEX 2016 conference, Dr. Azar Alizadeh from GE Global Research gave a presentation titled “Manufacturing of wearable sensors for human health & performance monitoring”. She first showed data about United States health expenditure grew dramatically, there is urgent need to reduce hospital care cost. Then she discussed the wearable sweat sensor that GE is working on, which could detect the electrolytes (such as Na, K) level in the person’s sweat, and small molecules and proteins level to test the stress level.

Figure. Dr. Azar Alizadeh from GE Global Research presentation slide

GE slide 2016

Photo by: Touch Display Research, March 2016.

At the FLEX 2016 conference, on behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a presentation titled “Flexible and printed electronics—tremendous opportunities in display and touch panel industries”. I discussed the discuss the technologies, manufacturing challenges, opportunities and market forecast of flexible display, quantum dot display and touch screen from 2016 to 2025.

Figure. Touch Display Research Dr. Colegrove giving presentation

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Photo credit: Ms. Kammoun, University of Stuttgart, March 2016.

Sensors, wearables, flexible materials, advanced equipment are hot topics at this year’s FLEX conference.  More reviews can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report, March issue.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

E Ink and Polyera Bendable Watch

February 1, 2016

At CES 2016, Touch Display Research had a chance to try on the bendable watch from E Ink and Polyera: Wove band.

Figure: I’m trying on the bendable watch from E Ink and Polyera

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Photo by: Touch Display Research, 2016

As we covered in October 2015 “Touch and Emerging Display” report, Polyera announced debut of its first flexible watch: the Wove Band. It uses a flexible electrophoretic display with a TFT backplane that can wrap around a wrist or be used flat. The display has 1040×200 pixel format.

Polyera indicated the bendable watch is coming in 2016. Polyera was founded 10 years ago by CEO Phil Inagaki and Antonio Facchetti, co-founder and chief scientific officer. Currently, they have over 100 people.

In the “Flexible, Curved, and Bendable Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report.” (Second Edition), Touch Display Research analyzed over 10 display technologies, over 14 applications of flexible displays, and shows how the flexible display market is accelerating. This report profiles over 270 companies working on flexible displays.

Touch Display Research forecasts that the flexible display market will reach $30 Billion by 2025.

Figure 2. Flexible, curved and bendable display market forecast to 2025

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Source: Touch Display Research, Flexible, Curved and Bendable Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report, second edition, 2015

The Flexible Curved Bendable Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 report is available immediately and includes a PowerPoint file (over 450 pages) and an Excel database. You can subscribe on our website in the Market Research Report page or contact us by email: jc@touchdisplayresearch.com

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

RitDisplay flexible OLED display and ecosystem of over 180 companies

October 16, 2015

At Touch Taiwan 2015, I had a chance to visit RitDisplay booth. RitDisplay showed two flexible PMOLEDs: one is fixed curved, one is bendable in a box. Visitors can bend the display by pushing a button outside of the box.

Figure: RitDisplay flexible OLED demo

RitDisplay flexible PMOLED with TDR

Photo by: Touch Display Research, Dr. Jennifer Colegrove

RitDisplay plans to mass produce the flexible PMOLED by end of this year.

The flexible OLED Display Industry Ecosystem includes over 180 Companies and Research Institutes. There are 14 display manufacturers are (or will soon) producing flexible OLED.

Figure 1. Flexible OLED display industry ecosystem with over 180 companies and research institutes

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Source: Touch Display Research, Flexible OLED Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report, August 2015

The Flexible OLED Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 report is available immediately and includes a PowerPoint file (over 300 pages) and an Excel database.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team,  www.TouchDisplayResearch.com

 

Thalmic Labs Gesture Control

July 9, 2014

Recently Thalmic Labs, a start-up company based in Canada, announced it has developed a new thinner arm band for gesture control.
This week I had a chance to interview Thalmic Labs’ marketing director, Mrs. Banduk. Thalmic Labs was founded in April 2012. (www.thalmic.com). currently the company has about 50 people.
The main technologies that Thalmic has been developing are based on electromyography (EMG) sensor. When our muscles move, they generate electrical signals. An EMG sensor can translate these signals to graphic or numerical values. Eight EMG Sensors are integrated into an arm band, which they named it Myo– the middle 3 letters from electromyography.

Figure. Thalmic Labs arm band for gesture control
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Source: Thalmic Labs

Thalmic originally planned to bring the Myo Alpha to market by end of 2013, but later decided it’s too bulky and want to improve it more.
In June 2014, Thalmic Labs announced it has developed the new Myo arm band. It’s 50% thinner than the Myo Alpha. Also they ditched the copper electrode for the EMG sensor, instead used medical level stainless steel on the new Myo. This is wise, as we covered several months ago, Fitbit’s smart watch, named Force band, caused some users to have rash on their arms after they wear it for several days. Fitbit had to re-call thousands of them.
More analysis and comparison of 5 gesture control technologies will be in our “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report. You can subscribe to the report right now on this website.

Thanks for reading,
Jennifer and team

LG’s G Watch and Google’s Moto360 watch with flat display in Q2 2014

March 19, 2014

Today both LG and Google announced their upcoming smart watch: LG’s is called G Watch with a rectangle flat display. Google’s is called Moto360 made by its Motorola Mobility division, (which will be acquired by Lenovo in the near future, but the acquirement is still not finalized yet.)

Figure: LG’s G watch and Google’s Moto360

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Source: LG, Google

The Moto360 has a round flat display, which is unique. On the other side, LG’s G Watch has a common rectangle flat display. LG indicated they’ll announce the spec in a few months. As we covered before, LG has released G Flex mobile phone with a plastic curved AMOLED display in 2013. The fact that LG didn’t use a curved display on the watch is very strange, this indicated their curved AMOLED display capacity is still small, or yield is still low.

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, Samsung announced its newest wearable device: Gear Fit. It has a 1.84” super AMOLED display, with 432X128 pixel format. (Please note, some website said it is 1.4”, which is wrong).

Figure: Samsung Gear Fit with curved display

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Source: Samsung, 2014

Samsung claims the Gear Fit is “the industry’s first curved, super AMOLED wearable device”. I think that is correct.

As Touch Display Research reported in our “Flexible and curved display technologies and market forecast” report, we believe flexible and curved displays are more ergonomic for the wrist, and larger-sized flexible displays could fit better and show more information. The Gear Fit is what a smart watch should look like.

Touch Display Research forecasts 30 million units flexible and curved displays will be shipped for smart watch application by 2023.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team