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CES 2016: the most brilliant products from the display

CES 2016: the most brilliant products from the display

CES, Consumer Electronics Show, is an international technological and electronic show which attracts major industrial professionals from all over the world. The show is usually held at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, U.S and is majorly conducted every January. Surprisingly, the show has much more to offer than any other human being can offer and digest in a week especially due to the fact that the show is majorly composed of professionals.

Just like any other reward, the CES awards are grouped into different categories. These categories include the best startup, the best fitness and health products, the best wearable, the best automotive technology, the best home theater products, best TV products, the best gaming products, the best PCs and many more. We selected the most interesting and of course categories that mainly use PCBs for you. How can I have my product feature in the CES awards? Well, we recommend that you go through the CES eligibility requirements and fill the submission requirements. The editorial team of the awards then selects the winners in the 15 out of the 16 categories, some of which have been mentioned above and discussed below.

The first virtual reality after centuries of research

Over the past few decades, the whole world has been eyeing the implementation of virtual reality. Luckily, with the 3 big VR headsets which are already stocked in retail stores, we expect that in 2016 we will not just preview the virtual reality at tech conventions and meetings but something that consumers and gamers can use at their homes. In 2016, the best VR award was won by the Oculus Rift whose combination of the spatial audio, the headset itself and the Oculus Touch Controllers has no potential competitors as of today.

However, the products are not cheap since during CES, Rift’s announced that their package goes for US$599 (, 2016).

The second best in this category is the HTC Vive which is being marketed for room-scale VR out of the gates. This package has a clever clear camera system which alerts the user of any obstacles in a room before they can smack into them. However, as much as this technology is appreciated, it can be unrealistic especially from the arguments that very few people will devote some space in their houses to VR.

Advancement of wearable tech beyond the smart watch

For an appreciable period of time, wearable technology did not appear much different from Google glass and smart watches but for the past few years, there have been tremendous innovations and improvements in this field. The award for the best wearable tech product in the CES awards was won by Doppler Labs which manufactures quite unique earphones. When these earphones are inserted in the ears and then a pair of smartphone used to remix the sounds generated in the environment, a very different perception of the world around you is achieved.

The second best products in this category are the Avegant Glyph personal theaters which have been in this position for quite some time now. These wearable tech devices can now be purchased from the distributors at $599. However, experts recommend that while using the Glyph to enjoy music in the public, you should be ready to attract crowds due to the nature of sound control achieved by these devices. This is technology at its best.

The use of digital category on roads

In the past few years, CES has expanded its scope to feature digital innovations in the transportation arena and in 2016 some of the finest world’s achievements on roads were showcased. The 2016 award was won by the FFZERO1 Concept vehicle which is an electric car with 4 motors punching out over 1,000 bhp held in radically designed carbon fiber shells.

The Volkswagen Microbus concept was also introduced in 2016 in the form of the Budd-e. This implies that there is a promising future where vehicles shall be controlled by voice, touch and gesture around a multi-display hub and new outline architecture of super-fast charging times.

The most interesting transportation achievement was not a car but the Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the AAV which is a 20kg drone designed to carry one passenger from one location to another.

On the other hand, drones continued to demand a sizeable chunk of floor space at the awards but most of the items presented had already featured in previous shows. This includes the Intelligent Energy fuel cell-range extender which unlike the Horizon Energy Systems’ cell-powered Hycopters could see many drones in the air soon.

Home entertainment and other gears

In the home entertainment category, the Samsung future TV zone which has modular displays moving around a wall won the category. This special feature has the ability to take on different color themes, shapes and cooler items can be viewed on the screen.

There is also another Samsung device that was found to split the differences between iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4. To be precise, this is windows 10 running Galaxy TabPro S. The device is thin like mobile tablets and has a crazy light but it runs desktop software in the 2-in-1 form factor.

In other areas of electronics like 3D printing, there were some great improvements. To begin with, in 3D printing, there was intense adoption smartphone photography also being used with iPhone lenses to help in photography and printing. There was also a surprising feature of Kodak’s super 8 movie camera and high resolution turntables from Sony and Panasonic. Moreover, some new sporting robotics with helper capabilities were introduced by Segway and Samsung came up with a way to reboot its smart fridge.
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Wearable Circuits And Their Role In The Monitoring of Health, Life & Habits

Wearable Circuits And Their Role In The Monitoring of Health, Life & Habits

Wearable circuits are those which enable one to use a sophisticated device in the “hands-free” mode thus allowing him or her to operate more safely and efficiently. These circuits vary from hearing aids, insulin pumps, bio-feedback devices, blue tooth technology and many other products. Uniquely, the circuits are smaller, lighter, and more efficient and less costly thus they have many applications in the real-life scenario. Most of these circuits apply Printed Circuit Board (PCB) knowledge and that is why we at RUSHPCB UK have the pleasure to take you through the role they play in the monitoring of health, life and general habits.

Use of flexible Printed Circuit Boards on new products

Due to the rapid advancement in technology, flexible PCBs are being used in new electronics especially in military, healthcare and consumer markets. Flexible PCBS, commonly known as flex PCBs consist of thin insulating films of polymers with conductive patterns of circuits affixed thereto and are supplied by a thin coating of a polymer to enable the protection of conductor circuits. On the other hand, new materials like polyimide which leads to a lighter come thinner product which is quite flexible are being used in the circuits. Different from that, conductive ink printing facilitates the elimination of cables and connectors hence reducing both connections and assembling costs. The application technology and new products to wearable circuits has shortened the manufacturing time significantly to about 3 steps. This is a great achievement since the traditional process involved more than 6 steps. The new products include smart skin, glucose monitoring lens, consumer products and power sources. Are you already interested in knowing more of flex PCBs and wearable circuits? Please don’t hesitate to visit us at , we are always online to listen to you and serve you.

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Contact lens for monitoring glucose level

Monitoring the glucose level of a diabetic patient can be cumbersome and at the same time painful to the patient. A needle prick on the fingertip facilitates the collection of a small blood sample for testing. Sequentially, the blood is placed on a test strip which is then inserted into the glucometer machine. Unfortunately, this process needs to be repeated many times a day. However, flexible Printed Circuit Boards will make life much better and they are being applied in the design of a contact lens that can monitor glucose level, hazardous medical supplies like needles and strips and the elimination of painful finger pricks.

A flexible Printed Circuit Board shall be placed on top of the contact lens which has a glucose sensor. The flex PCB is constituted of wireless transmission components. In the same token, the information relayed by the contact lens shall be transmitted to an external location for tracking and further interpretation. The application of flex PCBs in these circuits allows for small, thin circuits that are undetectable. This is a great advancement since the previous PCBs were too stiff, thick and bulky.

Smart skin

The procedure of visiting and consulting a doctor is sometimes tiresome since this involves signing in, waiting for the patients who came before you to be administered, visiting the nurse and waiting for hours before talking to the doctor. In each step mentioned above, data about each patient is collected and processed in the hospital’s database. Such data needs to be recalled and revisited the next time the patient visits the hospital. This aids in the consistency of treatment procedures and the administration of the right medication to a patient. Finding such data can be made simpler by the application of a new adhesive patch on the patient’s skin surface. This patch is usually called ‘smart skin’. The smart skin aids in relaying of information through antennas or transmitters. Details relayed are the heartbeat, glucose levels, temperature, EKG readouts and electrocardiogram (ECG). Equally important, leads, tape, cables and other bulky equipment are done away with. The patch is usually lightweight and thin thus it is almost undetectable. The materials are ultra-flexible and can move with the patient’s skin. Moreover, it can be adhered via water just like temporary tattoos.

Wearable consumer devices

Consumer products like data capturing bracelet and smartphones are currently being manufactured in large numbers due to technological changes and the nature of humanity to embrace such technology. In order to come up with a lightweight and thin smart technology device, flexible Printed Circuit Boards have to be used. This will be better since there already exists bulky smartphones and devices in the market.

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Moreover, the devices are powered by solar cell and not battery power which has to be renewed overtime. On the other hand, consumers will actual materials, just like consumers will be wearing labels which benefit those consumers using antennas and sensors. Radiation tags can then be placed on any product to facilitate monitoring of the levels. Comparatively, pharmacies can apply the new labels to track and read the temperature of drugs that need stabilization via temperature control. In the same token, foods can be tested for contaminant using the same labels. Isn’t this amazing? Please visit us at ( ) for cheaper and highly efficient PCBs and flex PCB products.

Power sources

Another significant future application of flexible Printed Circuit Boards is power sources. This is because scientists believe that in the future, there shall be sources of energy which are stretchable. This is possible through the application of carbon nano-tube microfilm, organic electrolytes and polyurethane membranes. Additionally, bendable Li-ion batteries using cobalt oxide as the cathode and lithium for anode could be used as power sources. It is, therefore, clear that flexible Printed Circuit Boards have a promising future to humans. Please share with the professionals and know how you can come up with a cheap flexible PCB.

Future of healthcare

Talking about the future of healthcare, flex Printed Circuits Boards have already expanded the world of impossibilities to possibilities. Healthcare professionals call for smart surgical instruments which are not in the current market. You and I can be the innovators of such equipment. On the other neural implants are currently being considered as a control to prosthetics. Additionally, biosensors which are similar to the Smart Skin will facilitate transmission of data to various remote locations. As if that is not enough, neuromuscular disorder’s patients will enjoy communication and be able to interface with a computer. In general, flexible Printed Circuit Boards will always improve delivery, access, convenience and comfort to patients.

With the discussion above, you must have developed some interests in flexible PCBs and PCBs in general. Please beware of the boards you use since most of them are of low quality. We highly recommend that you visit: RUSHPCB.CO.UK and enjoy interacting with PCB experts.