New LED Research Paves the Way to Wearable Displays

by Julie S. on September 21, 2015

New LED Research Paves the Way to Wearable DisplaysThe world’s first stretchable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles is expected to turn clothing into information displays.

Although healthcare monitors and activity trackers are gaining in popularity, they are separate devices. Users must remember to wear them. With the advent of this new technology, monitors and trackers will soon be integrated into our clothing.

The conformable LED displays are fabricated on a polyimide substrate and encapsulated in rubber, which allows them to be laminated into washable clothing. The technology uses known fabrication steps, allowing for the rapid integration into manufacturing.

The discovery was made by researchers from Holt Centre (set up by TNO and imec), imec and CMST, imec’s associated lab at Ghent University.

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