Printed electronics for healthcare and beauty encompasses stretchable, flexible, conformal and sometimes biodegradable electronics and electrics. It is very thin and lightweight, even in hybrid constructions that, for now, incorporate conventional integrated circuits (IC), light emitting diodes (LED) and other chips in a partly printed device in order to perform functions not yet possible with entirely printed surfaces. Saving up to 40% of cost, space and weight and making new things possible are typical achievements. This is the only up to date, comprehensive report on this rapidly emerging technology and covers; electronic medical implants, patches, disposables, and drug and cosmetic dispensing: stretchable, flexible, wide area, low cost, disposable electronics. It looks at how technologies such as NFC are impacting healthcare provision.
This new technology takes an increasing variety of forms from implants to smart skin patches, radio frequency identification (RFID) and smart packaging. The human interface is improved with sound, moving images, light emitting graphics and so on. Other functions achieved are as widely different as automatic drug delivery and anticounterfeiting. Multiple benefits are commonplace. In a drug trial, recording which pill was removed, when, and plotting this helps patients to do better - get well sooner - and reduces the amount of corrupt data.
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Printed electronics is therefore helping to prevent sickness and reduce errors, drive down costs and crime and improve product performance. Sometimes, it can justify premium pricing and reinvigorate brands, partly with packaging that becomes part of the product in a more meaningful way and with much more sophisticated, relevant electronic rewards incorporated. On the other hand, a niche product such as a medical instrument can become a volume product usable by almost anyone.(The Contents on this Website is a Condensed Version of the Original Report. To View the Complete Version, Please Request a Sample.)
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