A number of exciting innovations to be officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas tomorrow are made possible thanks to the use of innovative plastics technology.
The show, which is renowned for showcasing the latest trends in electronics and technology features exhibits from some of the world’s major companies showcasing the latest and most cutting-edge trends, products and developments.
SABIC, for example, exhibiting with partner, Cima NanoTech, will introduce a transparent, conductive polycarbonate (PC) film that represents a completely new class of display materials with outstanding transmittance and resistance, especially in large formats, with what it says is “exceptional” 2.5 and 3D formability.
In addition to its potential performance capabilities in large format displays, this solution also stands apart, says SABIC, in its ability to be thermoformed into complex 2.5 or 3D shapes, such as those required for a variety of displays in consumer electronics, automotive interiors and healthcare devices, as well as for architectural uses.
The film combines ‘SANTE’ nanoparticle technology from Cima NanoTech over a substrate of SABIC’ ‘LEXAN’ film to achieve highly sensitive touch screens that are also impact resistant and formable.
“With the need for information to be constantly at our fingertips, the challenge becomes how to integrate touch screen functionality into spaces where design and aesthetics are also important – such as in an automotive interior or wearable technology – or where extremely large format touch screens are required, such as digital signage or electronic white boards. Other challenges include transparency and, of course, cost containment wherever possible,” Alan Tsai, Director, Technology & Innovation for Display & Electronics at SABIC, noted.
The main flurry of press announcements relating to the new technology being showcased is expected from tomorrow (Wednesday 6th Jan) when the show opens, however, early previews of products where plastics technology is providing a standout product include a ‘smart shoe’ from French start-up, Digitsole, where PU technology provides a lightweight insole system that works to warm the feet.
There will be a whole host of other products on show using plastics, from the practical to the futuristic, including smartphones, wearable technology and robots. Watch this space for updates on the most exciting announcements.