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3 Lessons Learned from Bringing a New Technology to an Old Industry

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On June 26th we had the honor of being one of the speakers in a training workshop at the Sensors Expo, "Next Generation Sensing: Printed Sensors". The overall goal of the workshop was to raise visibility of printed sensors. The industry has seen a lot of the challenges in the adoption of sensors and devices; printed sensors look different, they function different, and because of that, it is important to educate people on the benefits of these solutions. Ultimately, the workshop was an opportunity for industry leaders to share their experience in the market; where they see the best fits for printed sensors and why, challenges they have experienced, and what they see will be driving growth. The workshop left the attendees with a new perspective on printed sensors, and hopefully new ideas about how they could use them in their devices.

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Apple Buys Victorinox

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Frustrated with its California design team only squeezing 15 different sensors into it the wrist band of the latest Apple Watch, the Cupertino giant goes to the homeland of fine handmade time pieces, Switzerland, to buy Victorinox, the originator of the world’s first do-everything-tool, the Swiss Army Knife.

DISCLAIMER: The above is totally made-up and more in line with The Onion than the Xymox Blog.

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Topics: membrane switch, membrane switches, touch sensor, capacitive sensor, capacitive touch

Printed Sensor Tails

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Trivia Question: What do Elvis Presley, a Porsche, and Donald Duck have in common (other than being famous)?

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PEDOT, aka Magic Water

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Screen printed PEDOT is a nearly clear conductive polymer. An interesting feature of the screen printed version of PEDOT...it is almost all water.

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Touch Sensors: Self Capacitance & Mutual Capacitance

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Self-Capacitive Sensors and Mutual Capacitive Sensors……And I’m bored. Ok, let’s talk ears, Snoop Dogg and rubber snakes.

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Mind the Gap

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Displays (LCDs, OLEDs, TFTs, etc.) make a lot of noise, electrical noise specifically; and electrical noise can be a challenge for touch screens. So, what is electrical noise and how can you defend against it?

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