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MediaTek MT2601 for cheap Android Wear

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

MediaTek MT2601 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 enables affordable Android Wear Smartwatches, let me know when you find some good models on the market so I can try to film them! I think this could enable $50 Android Wear Smartwatches out of Shenzhen, to be seen if Google/Alphabet allows/encourages it.

Nufront NL6621 WiFi SoC on ARM Cortex-M3 for the Internet of Things

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

Nufront shows their Internet of Things SoC on a small PCB for Smart Cameras, Smart Cars, Smart Home Plugs and more.

Shenzhen Shining Explores European Market for Precision Coating Equipment

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

Mrs Jing Zhang from ShenZhen Shining Automation Co., Ltd being interviewed by Raghu Das from IDTechEx at Printed Electronics Europe. Shenzhen Shining Automation Co., Ltd is a manufacturer of precision coating equipment for Li-ion batteries, printed electronics, opticals , flexible printed circuits, flat panel displays, solar cells, pharmaceutical and tape industries. For more information about the event see

Eight19 Plastic Photovoltaics for Off-Grid Portable Power

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

Chris Rider of Eight19 speaks to Raghu Das (IDTechEx). Eight19, located in Cambridge, UK, develops and manufactures plastic photovoltaics for energy harvesting, for the internet of things and for off-grid applications. Through the innovative use of industry-standard, high-volume, roll-to-roll processes and solution-based organic photoactive materials, the company has a highly cost-effective route for scaling-up its technology to supply the largest markets. Eight19 is currently producing modules on a small scale for commercial partners with applications in indoor energy harvesting for signage and lighting and outdoor power for portable electronics. Eight19’s plastic PV modules benefit from flexibility, thinness, light-weight and robustness, they also demonstrate excellent low-light performance for indoor use. For more information see

Flexous Turns Human Motion into Electricity

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

Flexous demonstrating energy harvesting from random vibrations and low frequencies at "Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe". Flexous is a high-tech start-up developing high-performance energy harvesters. Converting ambient motion into mW-range electricity, these energy harvesters open a new era in power sources. The unique technology enables harvesting efficiently at random vibrations and low frequencies. Wireless sensors used in logistics and assets tracking, automotive, sport, fitness, medical wearables and industrial condition monitoring can benefit from Flexous energy harvesters in multiple ways. For more information about the event see

Printed Temperature Sensor Demo at IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

Prof. David Britton from PST Sensors demonstrating their temperature sensing systems (printed silicon nanoparticle negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor) to Raghu Das (IDTechEx) at Printed Electronics Europe. PST sells the ability to put temperature sensing into everything, anywhere. Working with its customers, PST Sensors has developed a suite of temperature sensing systems which cannot be manufactured using other technologies. These include not only fully flexible and large area temperature sensing systems, but also sensor arrays. At the heart of PST Sensors' product range is a silicon nanoparticle negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor which can be printed on almost any material including paper, fabric and polymer film, with an almost infinite choice of form factors. For more information see

Neotech Printing Electronics onto 3D Surfaces

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2015

Neotech AMT - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for 3D Printed Electronics. Dr Martin Hedges from Neotech speaking to Raghu Das (IDTechEx), demonstrating the company's capability to produce and print complex circuitry on 3D surfaces at 3D Printing Europe. For more information see

$180 Balance Scooter Factory Tour at Shenzhen Realtime

Posted by Gennie – October 4, 2015

Shenzhen Realtime show their balance scooter factory with assembly and testing lines. People ride those around the world, the speed can go up to 12km per hour, with 36W 4.4AH battery (charging time 2 hours), the cruising radius they say is up to 30km. The net weight of a smart balance wheel scooter is around 12kg, the Maximum load weight up to 125kg and maximum climbing angle is 15 degrees. They say that it is convenient or fun to ride those indoors at exhibitions, airports, in big office buildings, hotels and etc. Shenzhen Realtime's price is around $180 for minimum orders of around 500pcs, contact them for info.

You can buy it from their amazon shop:

You can contact Shenzhen Realtime here:
Gerneral Manager:
Philip Yan
Mobile: +86 15814470797 (also work with whatapps and wechat)

HDMI 2.0a with HDR

Posted by Gennie – October 3, 2015

The HDMI Forum has announced the specification for HDMI 2.0a and it’s designed to support the transmission of HDR video. HDR, short for high dynamic range, is a new content enhancement formatting that greatly increases the possible contrast ratio on ultra HD content from broadcast, Blu-ray and streaming sources. The result is a much richer and sharper image that consumers notice for its quality even more easily than they notice the pure resolution provided by 4K. HDMI 2.0 support bandwidth up to 18Gbps, 4K@50/60, (2160p), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution.

Printed and Plastic Electronics Community in the UK

Posted by Charbax – October 2, 2015

Martyn Cherrington from the KTN speaking to Raghu Das at the IDTechEx Show! The KTN is a Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) funded by the UK Government through InnovateUK. One of the KTN’s key work programmes is the promotion and support of the printed and plastic electronics community in the UK. The KTN carry out these duties through a wide variety of knowledge exchange tools and activities including industry events, strategy workshops, training courses, international missions, seminars and company based tutorials. These activities cover the entire value chain, from basic science at universities through process development and manufacturing up to and including end user interaction with brand holders. For more information about the event see