In the PLACE-it project flexible large area electronics technologies such as foil-based electronics and light sources, stretchable and fabric electronics are combined to generate conformable systems with unique properties and technical performance. This is done by analysing, developing and implementing technology for the proper combination of functionalities in foil, stretchable and fabric substrates, resulting in conformable opto-electronic systems. Therefore PLACE-it shall develop:
Foil, stretchable and fabric-based devices for light emission, electronics, sensing and with interfaces to other technology building blocks
Design guidelines to implement the technology platform in a broad range of applications
Demonstrators, i.e. opto-electronic systems, showing the possibilities of the technology platform
The PLACE-it technology enables the realization of systems with unique properties and technical performance through leveraging of the advantages in the combinations of stretchability, drapeability and comfort in combination with dense electronics and large area light sources. Through standardization of interfaces between the substrates, the design space is enlarged, offering the designer more freedom to "fit in" his application. The systems will be completely integrated, offering potentially low cost solutions through cost-efficient manufacturing and installation. All will lead to a gamut of market opportunities, which are demonstrated and validated in the project for two application areas: A high-end application, wearable smart bandages for health care purposes offering more comfort and thus better acceptance by customers and a low cost but high end product demonstrator, conformable interior lighting in cars, airplanes or trains, in any design required by the application.
FocusDevelopment of a technology platform for lightweight, thin and conformable opto-electronic systems. Conformable opto-electronic systems include stretchable substrates like fabrics and foils, large area opto-electronic components and interconnect technology
State of the art
Flexible foil substrates with embedded standard silicon electronics are industrialized and already using in a large variety of products, technologies to implement flexibility also into the silicon dies are currently under investigation (e.g. EU funded SHIFT project) Organic electronics and specifically organic opto-electronics are currently a very popular research topic, covered both by universities and companies. The high intensity of research implies that the quality of organic opto-electronic devices will improve rapidly within the next years. Due to the freedom of shape, organic opto-electronic lighting has a clear advantage over other light sources. First stretchable substrate materials are available (e.g. Belgian-funded SWEET project or the EU-funded STELLA project). Opto-electronics are not yet integrated into these substrates, but merely implemented using different adaptation technologies.
Technology Integration in the PLACE-it project
In the proposed project we will develop an integration platform for building blocks especially opto-electronic building blocks on foil, stretch and fabric technologies. With this integration platform, the building blocks can be combined to form conformable opto-electronic systems such as smart bandage or automotive interior lighting.
ObjectivesThe objectives of PLACE-it are to analyse, develop and implement technology for the proper combination of functionalities in foil, stretchable and fabric substrates, resulting in conformable opto-electronic systems. Therefore PLACE-it shall develop:
- Integration platform of foil, stretch and fabric technologies with opto-electronic functionality
- Foil, stretchable and fabric-based devices for light emission, electronics, sensing and with interfaces to other technology building blocks
- Design guidelines to implement the technology platform in a broad range of applications
- Demonstrators, i.e. opto-electronic systems, showing the capabilities of the technology platform