Read the latest news while relaxing at home, in a café, at the beach, in the mountains or in a self-driving car on a highly flexible, rollable, and foldable touchscreen. This may sound like a pipe dream, but it could be a reality in the next five years. In fact, these flexible, three-dimensional or foldable displays could evolve to become an essential part of our everyday lives.
If you were lucky enough to attend Ceramics Expo 2016 in April, you would have seen some of the many new technologies and products that are available for today’s ceramic manufacturers and end users of ceramic components.
More than 30 years ago when I started my career as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there was a common phrase that went something like this: “Patents are not valid until they are litigated.”
More efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes and transparency levels are helping modules become less expensive and more versatile.
June 1, 2016
Solar modules for building skin integration are still niche products due to high costs, a lack of integration possibilities and interest on the part of architects—but this could soon change. Due to more efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes, and transparency levels, modules are becoming less expensive and more versatile.
Performance is critical for today’s advanced applications of ceramics. Whether they are being used as electrical insulators or for thermal protection on a spacecraft, the failure of ceramic components can have serious, even life-threatening consequences.