Printable batteries power the IoT

Printable batteries enable the growth of the internet of things (IoT).

The internet of things (iOT) has been predicted to bring about the third industrial revolution. The internet of things is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Its basic idea of any object being connected to the internet and used to gather data is ambitious. Connecting objects to the internet requires large amounts of sensors, which results in a challenge that is simple to understand but difficult to solve: sensors need power to function.

“Whether it’s sensors for mailed packages, golf clubs or skin patches, the common thing for their batteries is that they have to be light, thin and flexible,” says Enfucell CEO Markku Ellilä.

The problem is that the varied application purposes require power sources with resilient features. The healthcare sector, for example, is developing skin patches that can be used to monitor patients. The IoT can also be used in sports to measure training and competitions.

Enfucell is one of the forerunners in printable batteries. The company has spent ten years developing its patented thin, flexible and eco-friendly SoftBattery technology. It has been designed specifically for the needs of healthcare, sports and logistics sectors, because they value wearability in smart technology.

When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology can encompass technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and even smart cities.

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