The Fraunhofer FEP is one of the leading research and development partners in the field of flexible organic electronics, and together with its several partners in the BMBF funded flex+ Project, has pioneered new paths in the design and development of flexible organic electronics, as well as charting the way for new applications and markets.
Flexible electronics are light-weight, pliable, transparent, scalable and sustainable. Thanks to their diverse properties, they offer characteristics and advantages for completely new and innovative ideas and applications that will be supported and implemented from conception to completed components by a Technology Platform developed during the project.
Flexible electronics can produce a device with diverse characteristics: flexible as plastic film or a piece of cloth, with no discrete components or ICs, light-weight, thin, energy-efficient, sustainable, manufactured as a single piece, and with no interfaces or mechanically vulnerable connector technology. Input, processing, output, sensors & actuators, power supply, and networking – all are integrated in this module that works everywhere and everywhen.
A device like this could even be a personal computer in the form of a film atop the working surface in the laboratory or kitchen just for wiping it down. It could be a health-monitoring system in a T-shirt, a media player in a fashionable scarf or shawl, carpeting that functions as a Smart Home control including illumination, or the complete dashboard of a motor vehicle constructed as a light-weight module whose shape and curvature can be adapted to the imagination of the designer and the designated space.
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flex+ Open Innovation is a German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Forum Project.
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