Flexible electronics are a type of cutting edge technology supporting the invention of high-tech products. However, many are unaware flexible electronics come in two varieties: dynamic and contoured. Dynamic means the electronics flex during use, where normal electronics would break, seen mainly in wearable devices such as smartwatches. Contoured means the electronics conform to a shape, seen in products with complex design, such as with digital cameras and car dashboards.
Understanding the applications and benefits of both dynamic and contoured flexible electronics, you can make an informed decision about your next project. For dynamic electronics: with superior functionality, durability, reduced costs or contoured electronics: that streamline space, cut weight and improve reliability, durability and connectivity you need In2tec, the UK’s leading flexible electronics company.
Dynamic flexible electronics flex during use, instead of breaking like traditional electronics. This has lead to the invention of many previously-considered-impossible products, and an explosion in the practicality of wearable technology, which must fit and follow the form and functions of our bodies.
The most widespread wearable technology is the smartwatch, with features such as health tracking, GPS navigation and remote control of computers added onto these high-tech timepieces. Some of these wrist accessories have become fully focused on one area, such as fitness trackers that count steps and monitor heartrate, man-over-board warning systems for treacherous sea safety and covert RFID / NFC devices for contactless payments, opening your car and unlocking your house. Beyond the wrist, wearables have begun appearing on people’s eyes, ears, chest, legs, feet and seem unlimited in their potential. We may one day have devices amplifying each body part, while scientists are beginning to look at implanting technology into people, where flexibility may become a matter of life or death.
Customers from the consumer electronics, wearable technology, military and medical sectors all rely on In2tec for dynamic flexible electronics that combine greater functionality, durability and reduced costs with the most sustainable electronics on the market, on budget and within time.
Contoured flexible electronics conform to a shape, instead of requiring the shape to conform to the electronics (one of the major drawbacks of traditional electronics). This has allowed innovators to literally think outside of the box, as design is no longer inhibited by flat, rigid electrical components.
Examples of this new, uninhibited design include the curved displays and touchscreens that have began dominating the television, smartphone and computer markets. Digital cameras are frequently designed with contoured electronics, cutting weight and bulk to ensure portability, alongside a design that intuitively places a variety of buttons and grips under the photographers fingertips. Another popular application of contoured electronics is within car dashboards, where again designers want to cut weight and bulk while placing the controls ergonomically around the driver and passengers. As more technology is implemented into vehicles, manufacturers innovating with contoured electronics are at a noticeable advantage. Instead of displays that look like aftermarket accessories (Mercedes), we are seeing screens that fit with intuitive beauty into the machines ergonomics (Tesla).
Customers from the aerospace, automotive, banking, security, science, medical and military sectors all rely on In2tec for contoured flexible electronics that streamline space, cut weight and improve reliability, durability and connectivity, using the most sustainable materials, on budget and in time.