The Future is Smart

It’s big. It’s coming. In many respects, it’s already here

But what will enable it, and make it truly as pervasive and disruptive as we have been led to believe? How can you cost-effectively add intelligence to trillions of devices, objects and commodity items?

The answer is printable and organic electronics. The low cost and rapid production possible with PE makes it reasonable and economical to add intelligence to everyday items, devices, household appliances, fabrics and clothing, disposable items and packaging.

As Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC, a Xerox Company, put it at the 2015 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium in April, PE’s unmatched level of scalability can “turn the Internet of Things into the Internet of Everyday Things.”

But where are these IoT opportunities first emerging? In this piece reprinted by permission for our Members from the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, freelance writer Alec Scott ranges from San Jose, to the Consumer Electronics Show and beyond to understand how “data-spouting devices” are already changing how we live and work.

For our Members, this is an excellent overview for insight into various market verticals and applications where Canadian PE innovation may have a role to play.

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