News (wearables)

 
A CoinPower cell being used in wireless earbuds for phone calls (photo: VARTA Microbattery)

To open or start a modern car, nobody has to use a key anymore. Today, miniature computers do the job, which are being upgraded by car manufacturers with more and more capabilities. These Smart Keys can do a lot more: For example, they provide information about the oil level, the remaining range, the filling level of the tank, the status of the doors and windows and the control of fully automatic parking and retrieval. To achieve all this smoothly, lithium-ion batteries with high energy density and capacity must be robust and reliable at the same time.

 
Display technology from Plastic Logic (photo: Plastic Logic)

E Ink Holdings (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a leading innovator of electronic ink technology, announced a strategic investment in Plastic Logic HK, the newly formed fabless designer and manufacturer of flexible, glass-free electrophoretic displays (EPDs), focused on organic TFT (OTFT) technology that is suitable for developing flexible EPD devices in wearable applications.

 
Stretchable FPC (photo: OKI)

Oki Electric Cable Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), an OKI Group company specialising in electric cables, announced the launch of its stretchable flexible printed circuits, "Stretchable FPC." The product is part of the new Oki Electric Cable product line-up introduced in June 2019.

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