Imec’s Kris Myny (above) showed a flexible thin-film NFC tag that costs just a penny. So far, plastic electronics have not stepped far from the lab, byt Myny hopes to find a home for the tags in a variety of applications, including powering a deck of interactive cards in a board game.
Below, Michael Suster (left) and Mehran Bakhshiani of case Western Reserve showed a palmtop dielectric spectroscopy system based on their new sensor, circuit and interface chips. The unit could be made for less than $50, replacing $50,000 set up that today requires an Agilent 85070E and vector network analyzer.
The unit even embeds a raspberry Pi module for embedded processing. It can work with samples of just 10 microliters compared to conventional systems that take tens or even hundreds of milliliters.
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