Monthly Archives: February 2016

Electronic Display Conference (eDC) 2016 Review

February 29, 2016

I just returned from the electronic Display Conference (eDC 2016), at Nuremberg, Germany. It’s a very successful conference with about 400 attendees.  It’s my honor to meet some of you in person.

Professor Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach is the chairman of the eDC organizing committee. He gave the opening remarks, “This is the 30th electronic displays Conference (edC). The electronic displays Conference 2016 will act again as a major forum for the presentation of innovative ideas, approaches, developments and research projects in the area of today’s and future display business.”

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a keynote presentation on touch panel, touchless sensor and emerging displays–market forecast and new opportunities. This keynote speech is sponsored by Data Modul. (which sponsored our 2014 keynote speech as well).

Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove from Touch Display Research presenting

Jenny eDC 2016

Photo credit: Ms. Liu-Kost at Data Modul.

This international conference also served to facilitate the exchange of latest progress and information between engineers, industry professionals, users, researchers, distributors, consultants and manufacturers acting in the area of advanced electronic displays and their applications.

Figure: Professor Blankenbach and Dr. Jennifer Colegrove

Jenny eDC 2016 with professor blankenbach small

Photo credit: Ms. Liu-Kost at Data Modul.

More analysis and review of the eDC 2016 can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” March 2016 monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

Cima and Anoto Active Pen for Large Touch Displays

February 20, 2016

At ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) 2016, Cima Nanotech booth showcased large size touch display with Anoto’s active pen. The touch sensor is using ITO-replacement–Cima’s SANTE transparent conductor technology. The Anoto’s active pen is based on camera with micro dot technology.

Figure 1. Cima Nanotech with Anoto active pen at ISE 2016

Cima anoto pen

Photo source: Display Daily, Feb 2016

The active pen industry landscape has changed dramatically in recent 2 years: The number of companies actively working on active pen technology has increased from 60 companies in 2014 to over 100 companies in 2016.

Touch Display Research defines active pen as a pen with an electronic circuit. Some active pens have an integrated battery in it, and others don’t. A passive pen has neither an electronic circuit nor a battery. In the recently published “Active Pen Technologies, Supply Chain and Market Forecast 2016 Report”, Second Edition, Touch Display Research Inc., analyzed more than twenty digital pen technologies, which include thirteen active pen technologies and eight passive pen technologies.

Figure 2: Active pen and passive pen summary and comparison (Full table is in the excel database)

active pen passive pen table

Source: Touch Display Research, Active pen technologies supply chain and market forecast 2016 report.

Digital pen input is very useful in education, certain language input, medical, finance, industry applications, and content creation. Active pen technology is superior to passive in terms of accuracy, pressure sensing, and input of fine line. We forecast that active pen usage will have rapid growth in the next several years.

More analysis of active pen and active pen market forecast can be found in the “Active Pen Technologies, Supply Chain and Market Forecast 2016 Report”. More analysis of ITO-replacement transparent conductor for large size touch display can be found in the “ITO-replacement 2016 report”.

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Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

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About Touch Display Research Inc.

Touch Display Research, Inc. ( is an independent technology market research and consulting firm specializing in touch screen and emerging display technologies such as OLED displays, OLED lighting, flexible displays, e-paper displays, ITO-replacement, Active pen, 3D displays, near-eye displays, pocket projectors, quantum dots, gesture controls, voice controls, and eye controls. Touch Display Research provides standard reports, consulting projects, and due diligence for touch suppliers, display manufacturers, consumer electronics ODMs/OEMs, material suppliers, investor companies, venture capitalists, and companies who are merging or acquiring companies in the touch screen, display, and materials industry. We are member of FlexTech Alliance and SID.

How to find your dream job

Feb 3, 2016, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D.

Recently, several of my industry contacts and new graduate students had asked me for advice and to help with their job searching. Here I post part of a book I’m writing. Hope my experience can help you.

How to find your dream job

My career started since 1999 in California’s Silicon Valley, while I was an Intern at dpiX, a Xerox spin off in 1999. In 2000 I received my Ph.D. degree.

In the following six years, I worked as senior material engineer in Digilens, research and development engineer in Silicon Bandwidth, project manager at Crystal Research, and senior display engineer in Intel. I was doing OK at my jobs as a senior engineer, but I wasn’t excellent. I wasn’t promoted in those engineer jobs. It’s the opposite; I was laid off couple of times.

In 2006, I left Intel after worked there for over two years. I kept sending out resumes to look for a new engineer job.

Until one day, a friend told me about a book called “What color is your parachute”. (The book’s author is Richard N. Bolles). I went to a library and borrow the book and several other career books. In the following 3 days, I read the books and followed the book to analyze myself. After 3 days of self-analysis, I found out my top three strengths:

  • My No.1 strength is that I’m good at analyzing complicated information and find out the trends.
  • My No. 2 strength is that I’m good at finding information, I can read science journal, search the web, or talk to people and find the information.
  • My No. 3 strength is that I like to give presentations; I like to show-off what I know. I’ve presented at many industry conferences and helped with hosting some conferences before.

As soon as I wrote down my top 3 strengths, it’s like a light bulb turned on. I immediately said, “I want to be a market research analyst!”.

I went to a market research company’s website, there was no job opening on the website. I found a general email address and send in my resume anyway.

The next day, the market research company’s human resources lady called me and said their Vice President wanted to interview me. One week later I went in their office in Santa Clara for a face-to-face interview.

Three days after the interview, I got the job offer. Five days later, I started working as a senior analyst.

The analyst job suited me very well. I led my division for a quick turn-around by introducing new products—the Touch Screen report. I was probably the first analyst to write a comprehensive Touch Screen report since 2006.

By 2008, my division’s revenue is record high.

We are all wired differently, each of us is unique. Even twins have different characters.  You need to analyze yourself and find out your top three strengths, find out your passion. A study showed that 70% of Americans are living in the wrong job. “Each one should live his life with the gifts that the Lord has given him.” The Bible said.

When the job is your dream job, you are good at it, you work 50 hours per week willingly; your clients love your work; you’ll bring in large revenue for your company. If your company doesn’t give you a promotion after all you’ve contributed to them, then they’ll lose you and then they’ll regret that they didn’t give you a promotion.

When I recruit team member, I want my team member to have passion on the industry that they’ll be covering. I want them to enjoy their work.

However, be aware that to find your dream job is not easy or simple. In the early years of your career, you may not know what your strengths are, it may take several years to figure it out.

Sometimes, your strength may not pay well, you can’t make a living with it. You’ll have to take a not-so-satisfied job for several years and learn more skills and wait for the opportunity to mature.

Thanks for reading.

Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D.

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

polyera wove on my wrist

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, which was also reported by Zegarki: 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

flexible 2015 forecast

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:

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team