A decade ago, printed electronics was still very much a budding technology destined to a niche market.
The emergence and rapid growth of connected devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearables have boosted the internet of things (IoT) and offered new avenues of development to the printed electronics sector.
Printed electronics, a set of printing methods used to create electronic devices on various substrates, is one of the fastest growing technologies today.
The IEC has been very active in that field in recent years.
In addition to IEC Technical Committee (TC) 119: Printed electronics, several IEC TCs develop International Standards pertaining to printed electronics applications.
New printed electronics applications are emerging, opening up possibilities not envisaged before.
The healthcare sector, for instance, is already benefiting from the technology, as researchers develop new, smaller wearables and skin patches.
Read more in the latest issue of IEC e-tech, which showcases IEC work and new developments in printed electronics.