House key, wallet, health insurance card, hotel key card — a smart finger ring could replace all these in the future. Produced by a 3D printing process, the ring has an integrated RFID chip, tamper-proof, sealed and invisible. The technology of integrating electronics during 3D printing can of course be used for other applications too. The multifunctional ring was developed by a research team at Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV.


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This May COLANDIS GmbH (Kahla, Germany) celebrates its 25th anniversary. On this occasion, the company would like to express its sincere thanks to all partners and friends who have been supportive within these 25 years.


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TechBlick will host its third fully-virtual event on Tuesday, 11 and Wednesday, 12 May, starting at 2pm CEST. This time, the experts on emerging technologies have put together a world-class speaker programme focussing on two topics: “Printed, Hybrid, Structural and 3D Electronics” and “Quantum Dots: Material Innovations & Commercial Applications”.


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Jabil Packaging Solutions, a division of Jabil Inc. (St. Petersburg, Florida), recently launched a connected packaging platform that enables consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to offer their customers a compelling next-generation user experience that maximises convenience and boosts brand loyalty. The new platform combines sensors, connectivity and cloud technologies to eliminate reorder friction for consumer staples. Leveraging Jabil’s specialised services, differentiated capabilities and turnkey products for connected packaging innovation and scale, the platform positions the company as one of the only packaging solutions providers to offer connected packaging services across the entire value chain.


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When closely evaluating today’s situation in healthcare, the immediacy for digital transformation clearly becomes evident. Building a strong digital infrastructure which lays the foundation to a connected and transparent system and even more importantly allow efficient and individualised patient treatment, has become a key societal target – not at least due to Covid-19. Digital devices for remote patient monitoring are part of this digital transformation. In fact, the market for medical health patch applications has been estimated to reach approx. US$9.9bn by 2024. Therefore Henkel Printed Electronics and Quad Industries, a printed electronics specialist from Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, are strengthening their partnership to capture and seize this market potential.