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LOPEC exhibitors, such as InnovationLab, show how versatile and revolutionary printed electronics can be in medical applications (photo: InnovationLab)

From ultra-thin sensors that monitor body functions to lab-on-a-chip for quick tests at the patient’s bedside: Printed electronic components expand the possibilities of medical diagnostics. LOPEC, the leading international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry in Munich, will provide information about new developments in that area from 19 to 21 March 2019.

 
A semi-passive hydrogel-based contact lens powered up by an RF wireless coupling (photo: imec)

At the imec technology forum Japan (ITF Japan 2018), imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, the Ghent University (UGent), and contact lens manufacturer SEED Co., Ltd. announced that they have developed a contact lens with an integrated LED light, including an ultra-thin silicon microchip, radio‐frequency (RF) antenna for wireless energy transfer, and stretchable thin‐film interconnections. Different from the traditional contact lens-type wearable devices made of non-water-containing material, this novel device is made of hydrogel-based material.

 
The Life Signal Patch (photo: LifeSignals)

LifeSignals (Fremont, California) received FDA clearance for its wireless LP1100 Life Signal Patch for enabling the next generation of wearable, healthcare monitoring devices. It is built on two solid technology foundations to provide unprecedented attributes unachieved by another ECG patch product to date. It deploys the company’s recently launched LC100 Life Signal Processor (LSP) Platform and a patented, integrated multi-electrode architecture.

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