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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

Jenny 2016 Flex speak

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

Touchless Human-Machine-Interaction (HMI) Sensor Market has attracted over 200 companies

October 6, 2015

Touchless Human-Machine-Interaction sensors include voice recognition, gesture control, eye tracking, proximity touch, motion sensors, short-range wireless interaction and others.

This market is gaining momentum:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 OS added two touchless HMI features: voice control and facial recognition.
  • Apple recently acquired two touchless HMI companies.
  • Facebook joined the touchless HMI wagon in 2014 by acquiring Oculus. In 2015, Facebook/Oculus acquired another two touchless HMI companies.
  • Augmented reality and virtual reality devices “love” touchless HMI sensors, since they rely on touchless HMI sensors for sensory inputs to function smoothly, and deliver the cool imagery and features.
  • Google announced radar-based gesture control project Soli in 2015.

Over 200 touchless sensor suppliers, system integrators, and brand companies working on touchless HMI sensors. Camera-based gesture technology attracted 58 companies working on it; 49 companies are active on motion sensor fusion; 30 companies are active on voice recognition.

Figure 1. Touchless HMI Sensor Technologies and Companies

touchless company number 2015

Source: Touch Display Research, Touchless HMI Sensor Market 2015 Report, October 2015

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

LG G watchMoto360

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

 gear fit

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