Recap: The future of wearable electronics: blending electronics & textiles [webinar]
With more than 50 participants, our webinar on the future of werable electronics by SmartX parners DSP Valley and CITC was a great success. It was the third event in the SmartX Webinar Series.
The session started with a reminder about the recent launch of the third and final SmartX call for funding. Björn Van de Vondel from DSP Valley explained the objectives of the project. His opening remarks were followed by an interesting presentation by Riet Labie from IMEC on the future of wearable electronics. The tremendous design need and main steps in developing wearable electronics were explained with the help of several real-life cases.
The next presentation, given by Vladan Konkar PhD, Dr H.C. Distinguished Professor ENSAIT, focused on the energy recovery for intelligence textiles. It included a first-rate overview on the status of new energy sources and the TRL of this type of applications. The final presentation was given by Arne Casteleyn from QUAD industries, who described what is currently possible with printed and flexible electronics for wearables and warned of potential problems with washability.
The webinar concluded with an interactive and fruitful Q&A session between the participants and speakers. If you want to know more about the closing event of the Flexlines project that was mentioned (December 10th), follow this link for more information.
OUR SPEAKERS INCLUDED:
Riet Labie is a Senior Researcher at IMEC in Leuven. She holds a Master’s in Electronic Engineering and obtained her PhD in 2007 at the KULeuven. Her research is mainly targeted towards IC processing technology and PCB assembly. She is also involved in the Flexlines project, focusing on the processing and manufacturing of flexible, bendable and stretchable electronics.
Vladan Koncar is Distinguished Professor (Classe exceptionelle) at ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles) textile engineering institute in Roubaix, France – at University of Lille. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1991 at the University of Lille 1 in Villeneuve d’Ascq. Professor Koncar is the author of more than 300 scientific articles. His research interests cover the area of flexible textile sensors and actuators, smart textile structures, and modeling and control of complex systems. He teaches in the area of Automation, Computer Networks, Virtual Reality, and Smart Textiles.
Arne Casteleyn is Managing Director – sales and strategy of QUAD Industries. Quad Industries is a leading technology provider specialised in two domains, namely user interfacing and printed electronics. They focus on creating innovative interface solutions in many application domains, from home appliances to industrial, medical, automotive applications and many more. Quad Industries is active in printed electronics, which is a platform technology based on the combination of light-weight, flexible materials, and cost-effective production processes.
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