We've told you about Plastic Logic's prototype color flexible displays that can be cut with scissors and keep on working. We've also told you about the multi-display window flexible tablet PC prototype the company co-developed with Intel and Queen's University. UK-based Plastic Logic has now combined its expertise with French company ISORG to create what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
An image sensor, of course, is the heart of a camera. A camera's image quality, resolution, sensitivity to light, and ability to capture moving images without distortion are all dependent on its image sensor chip. So a flexible image sensor, especially one that can be printed on plastic, would be revolutionary.
There has been interesting innovations in printed electronics in the last couple of year. But a majority of these devices / applications have been in short term and disposable type products. More information on their reliability and accuracy over time needs to be made available.
I see two interesting possibilities. First, take a sheet of this sensor material (with embedded lenses), roll it into a cylinder, and you have a 360 degree panoramic camera! Secondly, the ubiquitous sensors could be used as motion detectors - not as external cameras looking at the human but rather as a camera attached to the human (wristband) detecting the apparent motion of the environment and thereby deducing the person's gestures.
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