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Imec’s health patch (photo: imec)

This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019), taking place in Las Vegas, imec and TNO are presenting the latest version of their health patch. Developed in the framework of the Holst Centre in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the new health patch offers unprecedented comfort and a long battery life, previously unseen in this type of device. It can also be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of previous generations, making it a user-friendly, disposable solution for ambulant patient monitoring.

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.

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