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‘Electronic tattoos’ – Are QLEDs the ultimate wearable devices?

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By eeNews Europe

The ‘electronic tattoo’ is based on current quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) technology. Colloidal quantum dot (QLEDs) have novel properties such as the color tunability, photo/air stability, and are printable on various substrates. The device is paper thin and can be applied to human skin like a sticker.

The team developed the high performance red, green, and blue QLED array, whose resolutions approach 2,500 pixels per inch. The resolution claims to be superior to other light emitting devices and displays on the market today including ones used in the latest smartphones. The technique is readily scalable across a large area.

Devices are adaptable to deformed states and can be built on the unconventional curvilinear substrates including surfaces of various objects. Further mechanical deformations, such as stretching or wrinkling, are also adopted in this technology, which enables QLEDs on the human skin. The research has highlighted new possibilities for integrating high-definition full color displays in wearable electronics.

Reference
‘Wearable red–green–blue quantum dot light-emitting diode array using high-resolution intaglio transfer printing’, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8149

Related articles and links:

www.ibs.re.kr/en/

www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150514/ncomms8149/full/ncomms8149.html

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