Stretchable Electronics: No Longer Just a Solution Looking for a Problem
The electronic industry is in the midst of a major paradigm shift: novel form factors are emerging, ranging from the introduction of limited stretchability, through to ultra-elastic and conformable electronics. This transfiguration has been in the making for more than a decade now, but it is only now that it is beginning to make a substantial commercial impact.
Indeed the IDTechEx Research report, Stretchable Electronics 2017-2027, predicts that stretchable electronics will become a $600m market by 2027. This report provides everything you need to know about the emerging and expanding menu of stretchable materials/components, suppliers and applications.
This shift goes beyond the traditional incremental technology development along well-established industry lines. Instead, it seeks to create new functions, new applications, and new users. As such, this technology frontier currently only has vague figures-of-merit and limited insight on customer needs.