11 April 2019
Each year at the IDTechEx Show!, two companies are honoured for their achievements in developing and commercialising different aspects of wearable technology. This year the awards were judged by Dr Kitty Yeung (Microsoft) & Dr Sandro Francesco Tedde (Siemens Healthineers) with support from the independent analyst team with IDTechEx Research. As the wearable technology industry matures beyond it’s the initial hype, we continue to see developments at both the product and component level that improve wearable offerings on the market. Despite the increasing diversity of entrants, as different aspects of the topic develop and diverge, it was encouraging to once again see a high volume and broad diversity of applicants for these awards. The judges once again expressed the challenge in picking just one winner for each category amongst the many impressive achievements from the entrants.
Best New Materials of Component Development: ITEN
Battery limitations are major impeding factors to wearable developments. With the form of a SMD component, the micro-battery can be easily applied to circuitry without occupying additional or external real estate. The approach should be adopted in PCB design and manufacturing. That said, the capacity and voltage need to be improved to be compatible with many application requirements.
Since its inception in 2013, I-TEN develops a new generation of lithium ion batteries used to store energy inside any electronics circuits. All solid, compact and rechargeable, I-TEN’s components offer high temperature resistance, unrivalled energy density. It fulfills the needs of the electronics industry in terms of shelf life, miniaturization, manufacturing requirements and eco-design. The technology developed by the Company enables a reliable and long lasting emergency power supply for internal clocks and SRAM. It also ensures the autonomy of sensors, makes the use of smart cards safer, and solves the problem of replacing pacemakers batteries or the limited life time of coin cells.