OTFT – Challenges and opportunities

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

February 08, 2017

I recently took part in a panel session at CADTFT 2016 in Beijing, discussing the topic of ‘organic thin-film transistors (OTFT) – challenges and opportunities’.

Bringing innovation to fingerprint sensors

Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer

February 01, 2017

Last year FlexEnable exhibited at Trustech - one of the largest events dedicated to payment, identification and security technologies.

The evolution of consumer electronics: Autonomous vehicles and digital assistants

Desi Aleksandrova, Marketing Communications Manager

January 25, 2017

When it comes to consumer electronics, there is an endless opportunity for innovation. Changing consumer behaviour and needs are providing both an incentive and a challenge for companies to redesign existing products, and create new concepts and use cases.

2016 highlights: Our award-winning flexible displays and sensors

Desi Aleksandrova, Marketing Communications Manager

December 05, 2016

As 2016 is coming to an end we take a look at our company’s achievements in the past 12 months.

The evolution of smartcards

Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer

November 14, 2016

The two key criteria for smartcards are secure identity verification and ease of use. Having one at the expense of another is not acceptable.

Five flexible technologies that will bring greater design freedom

November 07, 2016

The very idea that devices, specifically wearable devices, can be flexible means that some of the key component parts also need to be flexible.

Macro trends in automotive drive demand for conformed and shaped displays

Simon Jones, Commercial Director

October 10, 2016

Attending the SID Vehicle Displays event in Detroit recently brought home to me just how much change is coming to the auto industry.

Flexible fingerprint sensors: a game-changer for biometric applications

Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer

September 26, 2016

A large percentage of existing fingerprint sensors on the market use silicon technology due to its maturity as well as its established supply chain.

Flexible sensors: Expanding the reach of the Internet of Things

September 19, 2016

As devices become more connected, consumers are presented with new use cases and levels of utility that weren’t possible until recently.

Taking flexible displays from lab to fab

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

August 22, 2016

Taking new technologies from lab to fab is never easy. Producing a flexible display requires a complex set of processes where throughput, yield, reliability and supply chain are all critical to a successful scale-up into mass production.

Enabling flexible electronics from the roll

Mike Banach, Technical Director

August 17, 2016

Roll to roll printing has been long considered the ultimate approach to the cost-effective manufacture of electronics over large and small areas.

How a new kind of tech will advance digital fashion

August 01, 2016

It began many years ago with mood rings – jewellery whose appearance could magically change depending on the wearer’s mood. And do you remember Hypercolor T-shirts that changed colour with heat? Of course, there wasn’t any magic involved - both inventions worked by 'sensing' body temperature, and changing what was 'displayed' depending on those heat flutuations.

A beginner’s guide to flexible displays

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

July 11, 2016

A lot of scientific zest and engineering effort has gone into developing full-colour, video-rate flexible displays in the past few years. Truly flexible displays that can fold and roll may still be only available as concepts or prototypes, but curved and conformable displays are already a real option for product designers.

The evolution of digital signage – from flat displays to active surfaces

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

June 15, 2016

If we look around us on the street, in the shopping centre or at the airport, there are many cases where digital signage is already in use today. We are familiar with seeing large TV screens on buildings displaying videos, advertisements on buses, and flashy installations in malls - all competing for the consumer’s attention.

Improving interactivity with flexible displays

Desi Aleksandrova, Marketing Communications Manager

June 06, 2016

Foldable phones may still be a thing of the future, but thanks to flexible electronics a steady progress is being made in bringing new exciting hardware features to existing mobile technology. Bendable, glass-free screens like the organic liquid crystal display (OLCD) demonstrated by FlexEnable are now a real option for product designers.

High-performance OTFT technology – the way forward for flexible displays and flexible sensors

Mike Banach, Technical Director

May 23, 2016

Flexible electronics have captured the imagination of product designers for decades, but the transition from the drawing pad to reality has often left customers underwhelmed. Until now product makers and system integrators have been forced to compromise between performance and flexibility leaving the most attractive designs abandoned at the concept phase.

Bendy, rolled up, flexible displays - concept or reality?

May 18, 2016

In this blog we take a look at three inspirational videos featuring visions on how flexible displays will change our lives and ask whether they will remain as concept designs or will technology actually help to turn them into reality.

Reshaping identity verification with flexible sensors

Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer

April 11, 2016

We are all required to go through identity verification processes several times a day in order to get access to things, be it our computers, our bank accounts or the ability to move across borders.

Activating surfaces with flexible displays

March 21, 2016

‘The rise of plastic and flexible displays will be accompanied by a shift from glass substrates to plastic substrates’* according to industry experts. Flexible displays bring a new degree of design freedom for product designers and we’ve been working with partners to develop the industrial process that will make them a mainstream technology.

Staying healthy with wearables

March 08, 2016

Wearables have the potential to completely change the way we manage our own health, as well as improve how healthcare is delivered to us.

Organic LCD technology - paving the way to flexible displays

Desi Aleksandrova, Marketing Communications Manager

February 29, 2016

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is over, but we expect that some of the new tech showcased at the event will be still talked about in the coming months. At FlexEnable, we are delighted that the wrist-worn, conformable OLCD we demonstrated has proven a hit and has challenged the conventional perceptions about flexible displays. People have been curious and intrigued by this bendable accessory and even the sceptics had to admit that it’s ‘oddly attractive’.

Weaving technology into your clothes

February 08, 2016

Recently, we published a blog post in which some members of our management team shared their views on the future of flexible electronics. According to one of the predictions “wearable displays will spread beyond the wrist, inspiring new creative form factors and functions of wearable technology”. In this blog, we take a closer look at how flexible electronics is already being used in clothing and fashion.

The weird and wonderful world of wearables

February 01, 2016

Amidst the fitness trackers and disease treatment gadgets are a range of wearables that are just starting to penetrate the market. CES 2016 was a global platform upon which many designers and producers showcased their latest wearable offerings.

Flexible electronics will drive new trends in 2016 and beyond

January 18, 2016

The CES 2016 show is done and dusted, but it doesn’t mean that we won’t see more technology innovations as the year progresses. As experts in flexible electronics, we are naturally excited as to how our industry will change in 2016 and how advancements in flexible electronics will impact on other technologies such as wearable and mobile devices, automotive, packaging, healthcare and TV.

A year in organic electronics

December 21, 2015

As is traditional at this time of year, we thought we would take a look back at our year in organic electronics and highlight a few key moments for the company as well as the industry.

The future of electronic displays: flexible, foldable and stretchable

Mike Banach, Technical Director

December 15, 2015

As we come to the end of another year, we thought we’d reflect on what we see as one of the fundamental developments due to hit the electronics industry in a few years’ time. Our focus lies in flexible electronics leading to a future with full colour, ultra-flexible, foldable, and even stretchable displays.

5 innovative products that can be manufactured using flexible electronics

December 08, 2015

At FlexEnable, we’re in the very fortunate position to have developed a strand of technology that has versatile applications. Our technology platform brings electronics to plastic sheets enabling the creation of a thin, light and robust backplane system. This flexible organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) backplane, just like any amorphous silicon-based backplane, is then combined with other elements in order to create a functional product.

Health monitoring – the importance of making wearable sensors ‘unawareable’

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

December 01, 2015

The ability of wearables to offer real time monitoring could revolutionise the way the healthcare industry operates – with pre-emptive measures saving lives.

The future of X-ray technology

Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer

November 23, 2015

Most of us have had an X-ray, whether it be for a broken leg, or just a quick snap of our teeth – the premise is fairly straightforward and mostly unchanged since the technology’s invention in the 19th century.

Uncovering the true potential of wearables – increasing users’ safety and productivity

Desi Aleksandrova, Marketing Communications Manager

November 19, 2015

Companies are becoming more inventive with wearable technology.

Bringing wearables to the mainstream with organic electronics technology

November 16, 2015

We’ve all heard and read the hype around wearables. Whether you’ve developed a device, own one, are financing one or are considering buying one, it’s hard not to believe market analysts’ predictions that the wearable electronics business will grow from $20 billion in 2015 to almost $70 billion in 2025. 

How wearable technology can keep you healthy

November 11, 2015

Forget about workout phenomenon ‘Insanity’, or ‘hot yoga’, and put your newest running shoes back in their box – the latest fitness trend is most definitely the fitness wearable.

New trends: Flexible electronics and wearable technology

Desi Aleksandrova, Marketing Communications Manager

November 09, 2015

As our team prepares for the IDTechEx show in Santa Clara on 18-19 November 2015, I am taking a look at the wearable technology market that undoubtedly will be in the spotlight at this popular event.

Organic transistors (OTFT) - the key to flexible electronics

Mike Banach, Technical Director

November 03, 2015

Today, the use of the word 'silicon' is almost synonymous with the electrical device that has made the material ubiquitous, namely the field effect transistor. 

The home office of the future

November 02, 2015

The idea of 'the future' - robots, flying cars, everything slim, sleek and touchscreen - has become a universal and infectious aspect of popular culture. From James Bond to Iron Man, advanced 'futuristic' technology has always played a leading role.

How wearable technology is changing the workplace

October 29, 2015

You'd be forgiven for thinking that wearables in the workplace is a recent occurrence but early adopters have been utilising the tech for over 20 years. Some of the first applications included belt- and wrist-mounted PCs for remote workers enabling more efficient working, and eventually devices became smaller, thinner and focused on wearer safety.

Technology that changed our lives: from touchscreens to flexible displays

October 27, 2015

We’ve trawled through the invention timeline and have compiled what we think are the key tech advances that have shaped our lives today. 

Was the future of ‘Back to the Future’ all it was cracked up to be?

October 22, 2015

Back in the '80s, 2015 really did seem like a futuristic world away. In a brand new millennium, we expected flying cars, 'Beam me up Scotty' type transporters, and of course, hoverboards. 'Why?' you ask, are we talking science fiction? - well yesterday was Back to the Future Day, and news streams were filled with the media frenzy that surrounded 21 October 2015 so we thought we'd see what all the fuss was about.

Not waiting for OLED: Conformed, plastic LCDs coming to your car soon!

Simon Jones, Commercial Director

October 12, 2015

We have had a fascinating few weeks talking to leading automotive brands and their tier 1 suppliers about plastic conformable displays for car interiors. The trend in car displays is ever increasing size, and this is one of the factors that is making this an interesting, high-growth segment for display manufacturers.

To conform or not to conform? Breaking away from the constraints of glass

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

September 23, 2015

In my world, flexible displays are the key enabling component for the next generation of techie gadgets. In order to unlock the full potential of new markets such as wearables, we need thinner, lighter and more robust electronics, and today, organic transistors are emerging as the winning ingredient.

Changing the manufacturing paradigm for electronics

Mike Banach, Technical Director

August 25, 2015

One of the things that has been so striking about my time in the electronics industry has been the number of conversations I have had about the art of manufacturing.

Taking the ‘weight’ out of a plane journey

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

August 07, 2015

Flexible displays will undoubtedly change the face of the next wave of electronics (as well as the face our watches), and there are countless applications enabled by the flexibility, ruggedness or thinness of the display - that bring subtle but significant benefits to the user.

Making wearables wearable

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

June 22, 2015

Do you own a wearable? Is it a fitness bracelet? Or perhaps a smartwatch? I had one. I used it for a few weeks before it was left in the place where technology goes to die – the bottom of my sock drawer. It seems I am not alone.

The beginning of our flexible future

Paul Cain, Strategy Director

June 10, 2015

Last week, anyone who's anyone in the displays industry descended on San Jose to convene for this year's annual SID Display Week event.

You’ve heard of wearables but what about everywhereables…?

Indro Mukerjee, Chairman

May 26, 2015

Recently I was invited to give a keynote at the Printed Electronics Europe in Berlin, an important, well-attended industry conference with a high proportion of attendees being technology users and developers from major companies.

Taking the wonder material from Lab to Fab

Indro Mukerjee, Chairman

May 13, 2015

Graphene has been known as the wonder material for some years now. It’s very strong, very flexible and very conductive, which is a pretty fantastic combination, all in all.

The time is now for wearable technology

Indro Mukerjee, Chairman

April 27, 2015

What do you think about wearable technology?

Love it? Hate it? Thrilled by the prospect or bored by the hype?