Seoul Semiconductor's LED SunLike Improves Eye Health and Sleep Quality, According to Clinical Study
 
Jul 12, 2018
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ANSAN, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ 046890), a global market leader in LED (light emitting diode) design and manufacturing, announced that a research has shown that its “SunLike” is an optimized LED for human centric lighting that improves eye health and sleep quality.

The research team of Biomedical Information Laboratory, Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea, has reported that using SunLike based lighting, the eye discomfort is significantly reduced and the sleep quality is improved compared to conventional LED lighting users.

The researchers conducted experiments on adults including graduate students at Seoul National University, who spend a lot of time studying at their desk indoors. Each participant was instructed to use SunLike desk lamp and conventional LED lamp for 3 hours before bedtime. The team conducted a questionnaire and analyzed the vital signs of participants recorded during sleep.

Subjective evaluation through questionnaires showed a significant decrease in eye fatigue and a marked improvement in sleep quality. The researchers found that improvement of the feeling of not refreshing after a sleep in the following morning was statistically significant.

As a result of analyzing the measured vital sign, the time it takes to fall asleep is 23% faster and the time to break during sleep was also improved by 43%. Therefore, the research team found that sleep efficiency as an indicator of sleep was significantly improved from 88% to 94%.

“We conclude that these effects are due to the stabilization of the autonomic nervous system rhythm, which is manifested by inactivation of sympathetic nerve and activity of parasympathetic nerve by SunLike based lighting,” said the research team of SNU. “Light affects people’s circadian rhythm. In order to improve biorhythm, we can adjust the light according to time zone and use a light source close to sunlight,” said the research team of SNU.

SunLike is an advanced light source that combines the latest optical and compound semiconductor technology of Seoul Semiconductor and *TRI-R technology, a sunlight spectrum reproduction technology, that is a registered trademark by the Toshiba Materials Co., Ltd. It that lowers blue light peak similar to sunlight spectrum contributes to maintaining a stable human circadian rhythms and enhancing the color clarity of objects.

In addition, as a result of analyzing the blue light emitted by the LED ‘SunLike’, it received Eye Safety Certification for level RG-1, the highest level of safety, from Korea Testing & Research Institute last November. This is the level given to a safe light source without any photobiological hazards.

“Since its launch on June 29th, last year in Frankfurt, Germany, with Toshiba Materials Co., Ltd., SunLike has being supplied to global customers in US, Europe, China and Japan that manufacture home lightings, smart desk stands and lamps. It is also currently working on more than 200 projects for SunLike with customers, suppliers and researchers,” said Minsoo Son, marketing vice president of Seoul Semiconductor. “We will prove SunLike is the innovative LED which adds value for human centric lighting by demonstrating differentiated quality and competitiveness to exceed customers’ expectations.”

*TRI-R, supported by Toshiba Materials, finds in the definition “The light closest to the sun for human well-being” as its original concept. The sun light spectrum is developed by the same company and can be reproduced by a white LED light source technology.

About Seoul Semiconductor
Seoul Semiconductor develops and commercializes light emitting diodes (LEDs) for automotive, general illumination, specialty lighting, and backlighting markets. As the fourth-largest LED manufacturer globally, Seoul Semiconductor holds more than 12,000 patents, offers a wide range of technologies, and mass produces innovative LED products such as SunLike – delivering the world’s best light quality in a next-generation LED enabling human-centric lighting optimized for circadian rhythms; WICOP – a simpler structured package-free LED which provides market leading color uniformity and cost savings at the fixture level, providing high lumen density and design flexibility; NanoDriver Series – the world’s smallest 24W DC LED drivers; Acrich, the world's first high-voltage AC-driven LED technology developed in 2005, including all AC LED-related technologies from chip to module and circuit fabrication, as well as multi-junction technology (MJT); and nPola, a new LED product based on GaN-substrate technology that achieves more than ten times the output of conventional LEDs. UCD constitutes a high color gamut display which delivers more than 90% NTSC. To learn more, visit www.seoulsemicon.com.

Contacts

Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
Korea and Asia
Jeonghee Kim
+82-70-4391-8311
+82-10-4843-6303
jeonghee.kim@seoulsemicon.com

Americas
Andrew Smith
+1 (901) 831-6614
andrew.smith@seoulsemicon.com

China
Vincent Wu
+86-1391-7898226
vincent.wu@seoulsemicon.com

Europe
Marc Juarez
+49 89 450 36 90 31
marc.juarez@seoulsemicon.com

Japan
Kohei Shimooka
+81-80-4668-9710
kohei.shimooka@seoulsemicon.com

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Augmented Reality Startup RE'FLEKT Opens Multi-million Euro Series a Financing Round with BASF Venture Capital as Lead Investor
 
Jul 12, 2018
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BASF Venture Capital has invested in RE’FLEKT, a Munich and San Francisco-based Augmented Reality startup that provides enterprise customers content creation and remote expert solutions. BASF Venture Capital’s opening investment of 3,75 million Euro ($4.4 million US Dollar) follows Bosch’s investment in the company in 2015.

“The investments from two of the world’s largest industrial companies validate our leading position in the Augmented Reality market. With the new funding, we will continue our strong growth and further invest in our team and products,” says RE’FLEKT CEO and founder Wolfgang Stelzle.

“Digital technologies are a high priority at BASF. We see significant benefits in using Augmented Reality for a variety of key simulation, communication, and digital learning use cases, especially related to operations and industrial processes,” says Markus Solibieda, Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital. “Our partnership with RE’FLEKT further establishes value for our customers, who will be able to use Augmented Reality to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing and industrial processes.”

RE’FLEKT has been developing its enterprise Augmented and Mixed Reality ecosystem since the company was founded in 2012. Consisting of a multi award-winning content creation platform and a remote expert solution for maintenance, training and operations, the RE’FLEKT ecosystem intelligently projects step-by-step instructions directly onto complex machines and systems using Augmented Reality. “The RE’FLEKT platform helps machine operators and maintenance personnel eliminate mistakes and significantly in-crease uptime,” says Wolfgang Stelzle, founder and CEO of RE’FLEKT.

Industrial companies use the RE’FLEKT Ecosystem to transform their existing CAD drawings and data from traditional technical documentation into interactive Augmented Reality applications for mobile devices and smart-glasses. These applications can be used regardless of location to provide interactive user support and standardize learning and education for complex machinery and processes.

The 2020 global market potential for AR applications is estimated at more than one-hundred billion dollars. Market trends such as knowledge society, connectivity, and globalization are just a few of key factors that expected to drive the opportunity for enterprise AR solutions that improve communication and knowledge transfer.

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RE'FLEKT GmbH
WOLFGANG STELZLE
CEO & Founder
Marcel-Breuer-Str. 15
80807 Munich

Tel +49 89 122 045 14
Cell +49 172 108 06 63
Mail ws@re-flekt.com

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BEX and MCE Asia 2018 to Empower a Digital-first Future for the Building and Construction Industry
 
Jul 06, 2018
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SINGAPORE – JULY 05, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the region’s green building market, and Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia, a regional HVAC-R, water and energy exhibition will return in September. As ASEAN ministers convene for a Special Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on 10 July, BEX and MCE Asia will highlight the industry’s latest efforts and developments that will help advance climate change action for the region.

Held as part of the Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW), BEX Asia, together with co-located events MCE Asia as well as the annual International Green Building Conference (IGBC), is set to welcome over 12,000 professionals, thought leaders and policy makers from across the built industry.

Technology accelerates the shift towards sustainable cities

Technology will be a main highlight this year, with BEX and MCE Asia incorporating a new feature on Smart Buildings & Automation. The exhibition will include prominent brands such as Delta Energy, ebm-papst, Marko Tack, Overkiz, and Tridium. As smart cities take centerstage in Southeast Asia’s development, the new feature will showcase the latest technologies ranging from energy management systems, automatic controls, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, smart grids and leading-edge security systems.

“The path to sustainable development is a multi-concerted effort that requires industry players to come together to develop complete solutions interfacing major disciplines that will truly impact society. Technology will amplify the efforts of all players, big and small, and make it easier for anyone to take part in the sustainability movement. The Smart Buildings and Automation showcase is the ideal platform for the cross-pollination of ideas needed to drive the conversation. We are looking forward to demonstrating our secure and convenient access solutions and interacting with other industry leaders,” Peter Latscha, General Manager, Glutz.

Following a successful feature of the Future Home last year, Surbana Jurong Consultants will be returning to the BEX show floor this year with a curated exhibit titled “City of ___”. The showcase aims to highlight how new technologies can shape the future of city-making and influence lifestyles in the city, moving people towards a low-carbon, inclusive and environmentally-resilient future.

Lending an international outlook to the shows, BEX and MCE Asia will also incorporate pavilions that highlight cutting-edge innovations from China, Germany, Italy, Japan and Taiwan.

In all, BEX Asia, together with its co-located event, MCE Asia will host over 450 exhibiting companies from across the globe, all striving to advance the region’s climate change agenda.

BEX Asia 2018 – Propelling conversations for a sustainable future

Running its 11th edition in 2018, BEX Asia continues to break new ground in the green building development space. The exhibition gathers some of Asia Pacific's most influential thought leaders to network, engage in knowledge exchange and to inspire the development of leading green building strategies and technologies.

Visitors at the show can also look forward to exciting building innovations such as the wide range of fire shutters and flood protection barriers solution from Delta Technology. These solutions aim to protect building properties and saves lives during disasters and emergencies.

“Given the evolving landscape, BEX Asia helps us remain at the forefront of these changing times. Technology has the potential to replace most manual work throughout the engineering and construction value chain, but for that to happen, a dialogue must take place across the entire industry. We are excited to be able to contribute to this conversation at BEX,” added Johnathan Chan, Business Development Manager, Lian Wang.

Other returning brands and new companies participating at BEX Asia 2018 include AGC, Agsitech, Big Ass Fans, Dalian Allied Nanotech, Merawood, Millenium 3 Building Products, NAKA Corporation, Shandong Weihua Glass, The Floor Gallery.

MCE Asia 2018 – Helping the industry take a bigger leap towards energy efficiency

Complementing BEX Asia is MCE Asia, the Asian edition of Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE), Europe’s longest running trade exhibition for environmentally-friendly comfort technology. MCE Asia enables the sharing of best practices and solutions in the four sectors of cooling, water, and renewable energy and heating.

HVAC-R industry practitioners, consultants, engineers and facilities managers can also see first-hand state-of-the-art solutions. One example is Amptec’s robotic duct-cleaners, which tap on dry ice blasting technology from technology partners, to clean and maintain ducts and vents while cutting down on time and resources and resolving Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The investment in technology tackles the lack of manpower, a long-standing concern of the industry, and shows the way forward for other small and mid-sized firms.

Leaders such as Daikin and Panasonic will also showcase their latest innovations alongside first-time exhibitors like Closecomfort, Ipee, LYS Energy and MayAir, with next-generation HVAC-R solutions, which will go a long way in ensuring the future sustainability of our urban buildings.

“For over 40 years, we have focused on providing quality materials for the world’s build industry. Over the years, we have successfully harnessed technology from the best in the world to enhance our products, such as the Quadra Surface - Sintered Slab. BEX and MCE Asia are important platforms for us to connect with players and thought leaders in the region, as we continue to grow and innovate, and we look forward to being in Singapore in September,” said Andrian Tanoto, Export Manager, Quadra Indonesia.

Fostering green discussions amidst innovation

Running concurrently with BEX Asia is the complimentary three-day Green View seminar that showcases best practices, latest research and deep insights around sustainable building innovations. The curated seminars will help industry practitioners gain a more nuanced understanding of topics such as architectural and façade solutions, smart building applications and systems, as well as green building design and innovative features.

Some highlights include:
• “Icon versus Sensual Architecture” by Keith Brewis, Managing Partner, International Operations at Grimshaw
• “Future Trends and Best Practices for Smart Buildings” by Scott Dunn, Vice President, Southeast Asia at AECOM

Industry leaders and end-users can also expect to network and exchange industry ideas at the complimentary three-day Mostra Xchange seminar, gaining insights on energy-efficient HVAC-R, sanitary, plumbing and solar energy implementation, across various use cases in industrial plants, commercial and residential buildings.

Seminar highlights include:
• “Solar Ready’ Rooftops for New Buildings” by Samridh Goyal, Founder and CEO at Solar Horizon Pte Ltd
• “Making your Buildings Smarter and Maximizing Energy Savings through Collective Intelligence” by Akua Sampson, Head of Sales and Business Development, Emissions Consult, Emissions Consult, LLC

The IGBC, a co-located event concurrent with the SGBW, is the premier green building conference where thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners in the built environment sector converge for learning, networking and collaborations. With the theme, "Build Green: Build Smart. Build Communities", IGBC 2018 will focus on rallying stakeholders to come together as a community to help drive the green building agenda.

Featured speakers include:
• Simon Sturgis, Managing Director, Sturgis Carbon Profiling LLP, United Kingdom
• Sun Ying, Vice President, China Construction Technology Consulting Co. Ltd, China
• Dr Raymond Yau, General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development, Swire Properties Limited, Hong Kong

“As the conversation evolves to include the emerging use of technology, MCE and BEX Asia are well positioned to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices needed to meet the needs of the industry. There continues to be a groundswell of support for greater ownership in the climate change battle, prompting players along the entire value chain – architects, consultants, contractors, engineers, and tenants – to come together to holistically address the issue of sustainability and chart the way forward,” commented Louise Chua, Project Director, Reed Exhibitions, on the progress of BEX and MCE Asia.

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About Build Eco Xpo
Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia is Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop destination to source from international suppliers, with regional buyers and specifiers, and learn new knowledge at curated seminars. It’s where inspiration and transformation takes place. www.bex-asia.com

About Mostra Convegno Expocomfort
Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia is Southeast Asia’s only 3-in-1 trade exhibition for energy efficiency in HVAC-R, plumbing, sanitary accessories, and solar energy. Its where international manufacturers, innovative startups and Southeast Asian buyers and influencers converge to source, network, learn and transform their business.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2017 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

For more information, please contact:
Subeer Dutt
Ying Communications
+65 6779 5514 / bexmce2018@finnpartners.com

Olivia Lee
Ying Communications
+65 6779 5514 / bexmce2018@finnpartners.com

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CES Asia: Innovation at the Speed of 5G
 
Jun 19, 2018
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Rapid pace of global innovation acceleration on display across AI, AR, VR, 5G and more

Shanghai, China, June 15, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- CES Asia® 2018 wrapped today with the rapid pace of global innovation front and center over the show’s three day duration. The next stage of technology advancements were showcased across vehicle tech, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality, digital health and more. The event, 24 percent larger than last year in terms of footprint, cemented itself as the place to fully experience how the pace of technology is accelerating globally. CES Asia, the premier event for tech innovation in the Asian marketplace, will return to Shanghai, China, June 11-13, 2019.

“5G and AI are igniting growth across the entire tech ecosystem changing the way we interact with technology and the world around us,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. “It’s incredible to see technology refining and reinventing itself at such a fast pace. Just six months ago we were at CES with life-altering tech all around us. This week, I saw that technology refined, enhanced and built upon in many ways, especially with AI and 5G integration and the creative ways those technologies are being imagined and implemented.”

With 43,000 trade attendees and total attendance of over 46,000, including 1,400+ members of the global media, up 20 percent over 2017 total attendance, CES Asia 2018 broke records. More than 500 companies showcased tech breakthroughs across 50,000 gross square meters of exhibit space; a 24 percent increase over 2017 and 2.5 times larger than the inaugural 2015 event.

“CES Asia is the best indicator of consumer technology trends in Asia,” said Lenovo Group. “As a frequent exhibitor at CES, Lenovo Group is exhibiting at CES Asia for the first time and fully demonstrated Lenovo China’s new strategic vision, especially conducting intelligent IoT business and the progress that we’ve achieved. We are very impressed with the show and Lenovo Group will continue to work with CES Asia.”

Conference programming highlighted technology’s role in improving lives, creating jobs and furthering economic growth on a global scale. Industry visionaries took to the CES Asia keynote stage to discuss the future of innovation, including leaders from Alibaba A.I. Labs, BYTON, Hisense, Huawei, Lenovo, as well as China’s Powerful Startup Economy’s panel that featured leaders from Baidu Capital, Horizon Robotics, TouchPal and Volcanics Venture.

The program featured sessions with key executives from global brands including 360 Smart, Aptiv, Deloitte, Intel China, Leapmotor, Lenovo, Suning and TCL. Sessions covered a wide range of industry topics including smart mobility, AI, robotics, new retail, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. The full conference lineup can be viewed here.

“Whether for auto manufacturers or auto consumers, the role of CES Asia in the vehicle industry is increasingly important,” said Marc Mansell, vice president Bose Automotive Systems Division. “We are very excited about Bose’s first time at CES Asia. The new technology demonstrated by Bose is designed to help automakers solve key issues and provided owners with a better driving experience.”

Sessions ran for all three days. Leaders from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and ZOL discussed new services and devices that will come to market with 5G creating new consumer benefits and opportunities that will accompany this game-changing technology.

Exhibitors launched products and announced partnerships throughout the show. Major announcements include:

Baidu Intelligent Vehicle and BMW China announced a cooperation of V2H (Vehicles to Home)
Hanergy released high-profile new consumer electronics products such as the thin-film solar charging pack and the thin-film solar backpack
Libratone, the audio brand from Denmark, announced the new generation of ZIPP 2 smart wireless audio
Hohem released a new generation of stabilizers, iSteady Pro and iSteady Mobile
Morpx’s MoonBot is a new AI educational robot kit developed with world leading vision recognition technology
PowerVision released a new generation of underwater robot Power Dolphin
Shadow Creator announced the launch of three products: Action One, Shadow VR and New Air 2
Suning launched Magic Mirror and Biu Speaker and conducted demos for the media
CES Asia is one of the fastest growing tradeshows in Asia and reinforces China’s evolution as an innovation pioneer. For the latest news, photos, b-roll and more, visit CESAsia.com.

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Owned and produced by International CES (Shanghai) Exhibition Co. Ltd. and co-produced by Shanghai Intex, CES Asia 2018 ran June 13-15, 2018 in Shanghai, China. The premier event for the consumer technology industry in Asia, CES Asia showcases major brands and innovative companies across several vertical markets in the Asian marketplace.

About CES Asia:

Owned and produced by the International CES (Shanghai) Exhibition Co. Ltd. and co-produced by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd (Shanghai Intex), CES Asia is the premier event for the consumer technology industry, showcasing the full breadth and depth of the innovation value-chain in the Asian marketplace. Key global businesses come to this new event to grow and reinforce their brand by showcasing the latest products and technologies to consumer tech industry executives, foreign buyers, international media and a limited number of consumers from China. Attendees have exclusive access to some of the largest brands from China and around the world, while celebrating the innovation that defines the consumer technology sector.

About International CES (Shanghai) Exhibition Co. Ltd. and CTA:

International CES (Shanghai) Exhibition Co. Ltd. is a wholly foreign-owned enterprise by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a trade association representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

About Shanghai Intex:

Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd was originally the exhibition organizing business of Shanghai Intex, a pioneering exhibition organizer established in 1995. Shanghai Intex is jointly overseen by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Shanghai and PNO Exhibition Investment (Dubai) Limited. Starting in 1998, Shanghai Intex has organized over 100 trade shows and conferences with a sum total exhibition space in excess of 2 million sqm. Shanghai Intex is comprised of professional teams with a wealth of experience in organizing major international events, covering the creative industry, healthcare, lifestyle, advanced manufacturing and consumer electronics.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CEO Summit
June 24-27, Barcelona, Spain

CES Unveiled Amsterdam
September 27, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tech & Standard Fall Forum
October 1-5, Hollywood, CA

CES Unveiled Paris
October 3, Paris, France

Innovate Celebrate
October 15-17, Boston, MA

CES Unveiled New York
November 8, New York, NY

CES Unveiled Las Vegas
January 6, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

CES 2019
January 8-11, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

 
 
InnoVEX 2018 Surpasses Previous Records and will Continue to Grow
 
Jun 18, 2018
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- InnoVEX, the startup exhibition of COMPUTEX has successfully ended in Taipei on June 8. During the three days, InnoVEX 2018 hosted 388 startups from 21 countries & regions: Taiwan, Canada, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, United States, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland, Spain, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Sweden, Austria, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. In total, InnoVEX 2018 was joined by 17,867 visitors from around the world and the livestream of forums & pitches reached 696,324 views.

Significant Government Support to InnoVEX

Many government VIPs joined the opening ceremony of InnoVEX and they signed a signboard as a show of support towards innovation and the startup ecosystem. They also toured the showgrounds, visiting booths from both local and international startups.

During the opening ceremony, "Premier Lai" held the opening remarks. He stated that the Taiwan government is actively developing a good environment for startups in funding, taxes, and testing by implementing new policies and laws. He believes that with a cooperation between the government and industries, InnoVEX can more easily grow and help startups to develop innovative solutions in industry 4.0, IoT, AI, cloud computing, autonomous cars, and more; to apply them in daily life.

There are also pavilions organized by government instances: the "Ministry of Economic Affairs", "Ministry of Science and Technology", and more. There are also 13 national pavilions including: Le French Tech, Netherlands Trade & Investment Office, and more. This shows how highly they regard Taiwan as a partner in both trade and innovation.

Top Tier Global VCs Join InnoVEX Forum Together with over 60 Speakers

InnoVEX Forum lasted for 3 days. Speakers from around the world and all walks of life joined to share their insights on the industry. The main topics of the forums are: AI, Blockchain, Startup Ecosystem, Women Entrepreneurship, Gaming, and Future Mobility.

The speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and are currently in: Appier, BBC, Bitmark, Bloomberg, BMW, Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support, Fenox Venture Capital, Girls In Tech, IBM, Imec.xpand, Insilico, Intel, IOTA Foundation, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Twitch, and more. In total, the number of speakers was more than 60.

On June 7, InnoVEX co-hosted the Women Entrepreneurship Forum with Girls in Tech. In the opening keynote, the founder & CEO of Girls in Tech, Ms. Adriana Gascoigne mentioned how women's presence in the workspace can be beneficial to help companies develop a more comprehensive product as more perspectives can go into the development process. She also expressed her delight in seeing a lot of women in InnoVEX; how she enjoyed the forums brought by the other speakers; and might be able to cooperate more with InnoVEX in the future.

On June 8, 3 top tier global VCs joined the Startup Ecosystem Forum to share their insights from different regions. Tom Vanhoutte, the Founder & Managing Partner of Imec.xpand from Belgium shared with the audience that Europe is not a unified market and every country will have their own idiosyncrasies. The investors in Europe are also generally more careful in their due diligence and more risk averse.

Yuma Saito, the Founder & General Director of Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support from Japan believes that entrepreneurs should not work for money and pride, but to solve a problem in society and change it. In Japan, entrepreneurs might have a better chance to get funding from corporate investors, such as SoftBank, Sony, Panasonic, and more.

The CEO & General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital from USA, Dr. Uzzaman shared several important techniques to help startups to grow. He encouraged startups to focus on core businesses rather than patent filing, which might slow them down. He also advised startups to master a short pitch. He emphasized how effective communication can be the difference between success and failure of a startup.

All forums are livestreamed to the InnoVEX Twitch channel where it attracted nearly 700,000 views. Soon the videos will also be available in the InnoVEX YouTube channel.

BioInspira is the InnoVEX Pitch Contest Grand Prize Winner

123 startups applied for the InnoVEX Pitch Contest this year. After going through the preliminary round, only 29 startups remained for the semifinal round on June 7. The Final round was held on June 8 where the 8 finalists from Taiwan, US, Philippines, and China pitched in front of the panel of judges.

"The competition was getting better every single year," the Chief Judge, Anis Uzzaman said. "I was really excited to see so many great companies. The level of the companies was the best so far and I feel that it was a great competition overall." The Grand Prize of USD 30,000 went to BioInspira; a materials science company from United States that harnesses biology to provide low cost and highly accurate sensors for real time detection and analysis of air chemicals in industries.

In addition to the grand prize from the organizers, there are also special prizes from the sponsors. The Delta Electronics, Inc. Special Award of USD 10,000 was awarded to OneWatt Solutions. Nogle Limited & Maxceed Capital Group special prize of USD 10,000 was awarded to Kloudless. Taiwan's SMEA Startup Terrace Awards are given to A-Volute, Tempow, Origami Group Limited, Kloudless, and OneWatt Solutions. The winners of the Startup Terrace Award were awarded USD 60,000 each and are invited to enter the Linkou Startup Terrace for 1 year with a discounted rate.

InnoVEX will Return in May 2019

InnoVEX 2018 hosted 388 startups, 17,867 visitors, and over 200 global investors; many of whom gave a positive impression of InnoVEX. Aymerik Renard of Hardware Club stated that he was pleasantly surprised and very impressed by the caliber of the companies and how they did in the pitch. He would like to return to InnoVEX next year. Ryan, the CEO of BioInspira which won the InnoVEX Pitch Contest Grand Prize praised InnoVEX as a really good event, as it helps startups connect with investors and customers; and he will definitely come back next year.

After a stellar 2018, InnoVEX 2019 will be held in late May. As there will be a new exhibition hall for COMPUTEX, the scale of InnoVEX is also expected to grow even larger than this year. The registration of startups will be announced in October 2018. More details can be found on the InnoVEX website: https://innovex.computex.biz.

About InnoVEX

InnoVEX was established in 2016 as a platform specifically for tech startups to network with global buyers, investors, and manufacturers. This exhibition aims to accelerate the commercialization process, while also providing effective matchmaking for capital and manufacturing capabilities. InnoVEX also has a packed schedule of forum sessions, pitch contest, startup demos, and one-to-one business matchmaking.

About TCA

Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the co-organizer of COMPUTEX and InnoVEX was established in 1974; and is the leading industrial organization in Taiwan. Its 4,000 members engages various fields such as software, hardware, semiconductors and components, manufacture, sales, network communication service, etc., thereby generating over 80% of the total production value of Taiwan's Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Source: Taipei Computer Association (TCA)

 
 
Kryon introduces Process Discovery - for Organisation-Wide Automation in Every Industry
 
JCN Newswire
Jun 18, 2018
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SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Kryon, a leading provider of intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions, has announced Process Discovery, a new AI-based solution that is set to revolutionise digital transformation in enterprises across every industry.

Kryon is leading an enterprise revolution which can benefit every organisation, in every vertical across the globe. While the imperative for enterprises to eliminate the "noise" of business process through automation has never been greater, its actual implementation has only slowly been realised.

Kryon is changing all that, now and forever. Before Kryon Process Discovery, automation was done step by step, a few processes in a few departments at a time - and then slowly expanding. Now, full automation can be done in a single step - almost instantly. Now companies can see their entire organisation's processes mapped with unprecedented speed, yielding intelligent recommendations for automated workflows. Never before has digital transformation been so easy and ROI realised, so quick.

Kryon Process Discovery is purpose-built to transcend the inherent limits and pain points that have slowed the adoption and scale of RPA deployment - causing companies to accept inefficiency and excess costs. Unlike process mining tools which work on a delay and examine logs, Kryon Process Discovery is built on a proprietary, AI-based platform that identifies business processes as employees actually engage with them. AI and machine learning enables Kryon Process Discovery to deliver intelligent automation recommendations based on expected ROI. Enterprises can select how much of the process they wish to automate and with a single click, the automated workflow is immediately generated in the Kryon Studio.

"Process discovery is the breakthrough that the enterprise market has been waiting for - it's a truly groundbreaking solution that offers enterprise management with a level of profound visibility into the everyday processes across the organisation that determine competitiveness, productivity and employee engagement. This visibility leads to high-impact automation of existing workflows," said CEO of Kryon, Harel Tayeb. "Kryon was able to accomplish this by further advancing its leading-edge AI and machine learning capabilities, which have been at the heart of the productivity transformations we have already accomplished for clients such as Microsoft and Wyndham Hotel Group."

Tayeb explained, "The new solution will significantly reduce overhead, design and development costs while Kryon's revolutionary AI engine will enable automation with almost zero human intervention and, faster than ever imagined." He continued, "Kryon's Process Discovery has all the insights needed to automate and optimise business processes. This innovative product will remove the pain points from deploying RPA throughout business, resulting in the industry finally having an easy adoption method at an unprecedented total cost of ownership."

The release of Kryon's Process Discovery offering also comes at a time when companies in Asia Pacific are exploring how to best leverage business process automation and digitisation to bridge gaps in functional silos, enhance customer experiences, and streamline operations. According to the 2017 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, nearly half (46%) of all CIOs in Asia Pacific are currently investing in or are planning to invest in RPA to automate highly repeatable, highly structured tasks across business software systems.

"Asia Pacific continues to be a hotbed for digital innovation, with companies readily embracing technologies and adopting them across all business aspects. With the launch of the process discovery offering, we look forward to becoming a more integral part of our APAC customers' digital transformation efforts by empowering them to simplify the digitisation of business processes, which lead to the creation of virtual workforces that increase processing efficiency, reduce errors and cut operational costs", said Daniel Peled, General Manager, Asia Pacific, at Kryon Systems.

Top companies from around the globe have already started using Kryon Process Discovery to gain complete process transparency - enabling them to minimise time to value, lower TCO, and accelerate the ROI of their RPA projects.

To learn more about Kryon and the new Process Discovery, please visit www.kryonsystems.com.

Full release can be viewed at http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/Kryon_180619.pdf

ABOUT KRYON
Founded in 2008, Kryon delivers innovative, intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) that speaks the language of business. This understanding of enterprise operation yields solutions that enable true digital transformation. Our automation solutions are constantly evolving to unlock a company's potential for growth and high-quality performance. Our Hybrid Automation enables virtual and human workforces to work better together, so enterprises can fully automate business processes end-to-end. And, our AI-driven Process Discovery solution helps organisations identify all the processes they should automate and automatically creates automation workflows in the Kryon Studio. Leading global enterprises such as Microsoft, Allianz, DXC Technologies are leveraging Kryon's AI-powered platform to drive digital transformation and operational efficiencies.

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Eco Expo Asia returns for another year with a fresh new theme "Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future"
 
Jun 12, 2018
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The 13th edition of the show, to be held in Hong Kong from 25 ‒ 28 October 2018, is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The 2017 edition of the show saw more than 14,000 visitors attend from over 100 countries and regions, while the fair gathered 335 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, including 16 overseas and local pavilions and group participations.

The Environment Bureau will roll out its Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme in 2019 in order to tackle Hong Kong’s waste generation and improve its reduction and management. To echo with this drive for better waste management, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new show theme ‒ “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. By aligning the fair in this way, the organisers hope to increase awareness of current pressing environmental issues and also to facilitate the exchange of technology and solutions from around the world.

As a part of waste management, recycling has recently become a much more acute issue. Due to new measures implemented this year in reforming the import of recyclables in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong like many other countries and regions requires new strategies. In an effort to stimulate the recycling industry, more than USD2.5 million has been earmarked under the Recycling Fund to encourage further development in the local recycling sector.

Additionally, the Chinese mainland government has announced a raft of new measures to tackle environmental issues including the establishment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment to regulate waste management. One example of the need for new solutions can be seen in the recent explosion in online food delivery services in the country which generates a staggering 60 million plastic cartons of waste every day. The scale of such environmental challenges as well as new initiatives being announced demonstrates the wealth of investment opportunities in Hong Kong and the wider region.

International pavilions return ushering new innovations and global solutions

Hong Kong, well-known for its international standing and status as a global hub, continues to attract leading global companies who wish to do business in Asia. Eco Expo Asia’s international pavilions and group participations remain key to upholding the fair’s international outlook.

The Canada pavilion will join the show for the fourth consecutive year. Organised by the Ontario Ministry of International Trade and the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong, the pavilion will display the latest solutions from Canada with a strong focus on the water and waste sectors.

Providing a trusted and reliable platform for businesses, Mr Jonathan Gur, President and CEO, ION Enterprises, spoke during last year's show about why he continues to exhibit at Eco Expo Asia: “I have had quality professionals come and visit me who understand the systems I am exhibiting straight away. Tradeshows can be worthwhile if you have the right type of visitors attending and you are under the right platform. Hong Kong is the gateway to Asia and I have enjoyed business meetings already with businesses from the region. I will be here for sure next year.”

Echoing with efforts to increase economic integration with the Greater Bay Area, a number of Chinese pavilions from the region are also set to join the fair once again.

Making Hong Kong a low-carbon city

For the first time at the show the Environmental Protection Department will occupy a joint stand with other Hong Kong government departments. In what’s set to be the largest exhibit at the fair and in an effort to take the lead and demonstrate the government’s commitment to making Hong Kong a low-carbon city, the departments will showcase environmental protection projects being undertaken as well as those currently in the pipeline.

Some of the biggest names in the environmental protection business from Hong Kong will also be present at the show. Those leading the way include Baguio Green Group Ltd, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (Hong Kong) Investment Co Ltd and SUEZ NWS Ltd.

As a leading trade fair in Asia for environmental protection, a wide range of environmental product categories will be featured at the show, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, and Water Treatment and Quality Management. The Startup Zone will also return after its successful debut last year. Its aim is to encourage green startups to explore more business opportunities and connect with investors at the show.

Eco Expo Asia will be held from 25 - 28 October 2018 at AsiaWorld-Expo. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or exhibitions@hktdc.org, or visit www.ecoexpoasia.com.

For images of previous editions of the fair, please click here.

Callum Wiggins
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
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Doris Cheng
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
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COMPUTEX 2018 Ends with Great Success
 
Jun 10, 2018
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COMPUTEX 2018, organized by TAITRA, Taiwan External Trade Development Council and TCA, Taipei Computer Association, concluded in great success today, as the five-day event attracted 42,284 international visitors from 168 countries, up almost 1% from last year. According to TRITRA, the top 10 countries or regions with the highest turnout, in order, are: the USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong, S. Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, India, Philippines. COMPUTEX 2018 featured six themes, including “AI”, “5G”, “Blockchain”, “IoT”, “Innovations & Startups”, and “Gaming & VR”. Through a series of exhibitions, forums and procurement meetings, the event connected industry value chains by providing technology companies and startups the best platform for promotion and interaction. Moreover, InnoVEX attracted 17,687 visitors in a short 3-day period, an increase of over 18% from last year.

Key AIoT technologies realizes the smart application roadmaps

As AI technology matures and IoT applications proliferate, two technologies converge and become the rapidly emerging AIoT, and COMPUTEX 2018 responded to this trend. In addition to servers designed for AI computing and big data storage, Gigabyte leveraged software resources of its partners and rolled out a hybrid cloud for AI and data analytics, carrying out the company’s AIoT roadmap into practice. Compal introduced an all-round solution that combines professional advanced design and cloud computing. The company also demonstrated various product lines for smart homes and smart healthcare, offering users a brand new sensory experience that is more personalized. VIVOTEK’s next-generation smart camera with image analysis capabilities and built-in deep learning algorithms can generate added value for the retail sectors, as it can accurately calculate the number of people and the length of time they stay in a shop.

At the COMPUTEX Forum, leading companies shared the latest trends and insights on AIoT as technology propels the global technology industry into a smarter future. Deepu Talla, Vice President and General Manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA, said as AI is adopted in more scenarios, GPU is not just about speeding up supercomputers, but it can also be used in the development of AI to make big changes in the technology industry. In particular, NVIDIA sees great potential for GPU in the manufacturing market. Allan Yang, Chief Technology Officer at Advantech, said since the manufacturing sectors account for an average 30% of GDP in most countries, introducing IoT or AI into smart factories or other smart manufacturing scenarios will increase the world’s overall output value.

With a focus on the latest innovations, InnoVEX sets trends for startup technologies

Exciting visions of smart living were everywhere at InnoVEX this year, as one third of the event’s 388 startup exhibitors from 21 countries demonstrated AI-related technologies or applications. And in response to the rise of “girl power”, the InnoVEX Forum added the theme of “women entrepreneurship” for the first time this year. Adriana Gascoigne, Founder & CEO of Girls in Tech— the world’s first non-profit organization that focuses on millennial women’s roles in technology and as business founders— spoke at the forum and shared her decade-long experience in the technology industry. She said gender diversity at workplace can help teams or companies create better products and services. As only 25% of the workers in the U.S. technology industry are women, she hoped to introduce different resources to support women entrepreneurs in the technology industry, and at the same time increase diversity and possibilities for the industry.

To incubate unicorn companies of world-class caliber and the industry’s next new stars, COMPUTEX 2018 teamed up with private companies and the government to raise a prize pool of US$350,000 for the InnoVEX Pitch Contest. This year’s grand prize was awarded to Bioinspira.

“Since 1981, COMPUTEX has been an important platform of business matchmaking, brand awareness building and product marketing for companies in Taiwan and abroad. A top-choice for companies to launch epoch-making products, the event continues to lead industry trends as it seeks to build a boarder global technology ecosystem. This year, 1,602 exhibitors from 30 countries showcase a total of 5,015 booths. When the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 is open next year, the scale of this event will be able to increase to accommodate more companies to show the world their best. It will bring more innovative momentum to COMPUTEX as we join companies around the world to demonstrate technology power to disrupt businesses and reinvent lifestyles,” said Ms. Leonor Lin, TAITRA Executive Vice President.

 
 
Future robots need no motors
 
Jun 10, 2018
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Future robots need no motors HKU Engineering invents world’s first nickel-hydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by both light and electricity

To develop micro- and biomimetic-robots, artificial muscles and medical devices, actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli are researched in the past thirty years to replace traditional bulky and heavy actuators including motors and pneumatic actuators.

A mechanical engineering team led by Professor Alfonso Ngan Hing-wan, Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, and Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) published an article in Science Robotics on 30 May 2018 (EST) that introduces a novel actuating material – nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide – that can be powered by visible (Vis) light, electricity, and other stimuli. The material actuation can be instantaneously triggered by Vis light to produce a fast deformation and exert a force equivalent to 3000 times of its own weight. The material cost of a typical actuator is as low as HKD 4 per cm2 and can be easily fabricated within three hours.

Among various stimuli, light-induced actuating materials are highly desirable because they enable wireless operation of robots. However, very few light driven materials are available in the past, and their material and production costs are high, which hinder their development in actual applications such as artificial muscles for robotics and human assist device, and minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic tools.

Developing actuating materials was identified as the top of the 10 challenges in “The grand challenges of Science Robotics”1. Research in actuating materials can radically change the concept of robots which are now mainly motor-driven. Therefore, materials that can be actuated by wireless stimuli including a change in temperature, humidity, magnetic fields and light is one of the main research focus in recent years. In particular, a material that can be actuated by Vis light and produces strong, quick and stable actuation has never been achieved. The novel actuating material system – nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide that can be actuated by Vis light at relatively low intensity to produce high stress and speed comparable to mammalian skeletal muscles has been developed in this research initiated by engineers in HKU.

In addition to its Vis light actuation properties, this novel material system can also be actuated by electricity, enabling it to be integrated into the present well-developed robotics technology. It is also responsive to heat and humidity changes so that they might potentially be applied in autonomous machines that harness the tiny energy change in the environment. Because the major component is nickel, the material cost is low. The fabrication only involves electrodeposition which is a simple process, and the time required for the fabrication is around three hours, therefore the material can be easily scaled up and manufactured in industry.

The newly invented nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide responses to light almost instantaneously and produces a force corresponding to about 3000 times of its own weight (Figure 1).

1 Yang, Guang-Zhong, et al. "The grand challenges of Science Robotics." Science Robotics 3.14 (2018): eaar7650.

When integrated into a well-designed structure, a “mini arm” made by two hinges of actuating materials can easily lift an object 50 times of its weight (Figure 2). Similarly, by utilizing a light blocker, a mini walking-bot in which only the “front leg” bent and straighten alternatively and therefore moves under illumination was made so that it can walk towards the light source (Figure 3). These demonstrate that future applications in micro-robotics including rescue robots are possible.

The evidences above revealed that this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material can have different applications in the future, including rescue robots or other mini-robots. The intrinsic actuating properties of the materials obtained from our research show that by scaling up the fabrication, artificial muscles comparable to that of mammalian skeletal muscles can be achieved, and applying it in robotics, human assist device and medical devices are possible.

From a scientific point of view, this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material is the world’s first material system that can be actuated directly by Vis light and electricity without any additional fabrication procedures. This also opens up a new research field on light-induced actuating behaviour for this material type (hydroxide-oxyhydroxides) because it has never been reported before.

The research team members are all from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at HKU Faculty of Engineering, led by Professor Alfonso Ngan’s group in collaboration with Dr Li Wen-di. ’s group on light actuation experiment and Dr Feng Shien-ping’s group on electrodeposition experiment. The research has been published in the prestigious journal Science Robotics on 30 May 2018 with a title of “Light-stimulated actuators based on nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide”. The first author of this paper is Dr Kwan Kin-wa who is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Prof. Ngan’s group. The corresponding author is Prof. Ngan. The complete author list is as below: K-W. Kwan, S-J. Li, N-Y. Hau, W-D. Li, S-P. Feng, A.H.W. Ngan. This research is funded by the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.

For the journal paper, please click: http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/3/18/eaat4051.full

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Novel water-absorbing gel invented by NUS researchers harnesses air moisture for practical applications
 
Jun 10, 2018
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Unique hydrogel performs eight times better than commercial drying agents, blocks sunlight, conducts electricity and powers small devices

High humidity causes discomfort and makes hot days feel more unbearable. A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has invented a novel gel-like material that not only effectively dehumidifies ambient air to improve thermal comfort, but it also harnesses the moisture in the air for a wide range of practical applications, such as functioning as a sun or privacy screen, conductive ink and even a battery. And all these interesting properties are inherent in the material after water absorption, without a need for external power.

The unique hydrogel is a form of zinc oxide – a compound found in sunscreen – in a gel-like state. It can absorb water from the surrounding environment more than 2.5 times its weight and performs at least eight times better than commercial drying agents. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, and is also cheap and easy to produce.

“Singapore, like many tropical countries, experience high levels of relative humidity between 70 to 80 per cent. In a humid environment, the air is saturated with water and as a result, sweat on our body evaporates more slowly. This causes us to feel hotter than the actual ambient temperature, leading to great discomfort. Our novel hydrogel aims to achieve a cooling effect by removing moisture from ambient air very efficiently,” said Assistant Professor Tan Swee Ching from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering, who led the research.

“This novel hydrogel performs at least eight times better than existing drying agents, such as silica gel and calcium chloride, in removing moisture from the air – it can absorb more water, works faster and uses less material. Unlike energy-intensive dehumidifying and air-conditioning systems, this hydrogel does not require electricity to operate. It can be easily coated onto walls, windows and even decorative items (such as a sculpture) to perform the dehumidifying function,” Asst Prof Tan added.

Enhancing thermal comfort

Hydrogels are materials which contain large amounts of water and are commonly used in contact lenses, wound dressing and personal care products. Recently, hydrogels are also used for biomedical applications, such as tissue engineering and drug delivery. However, the ability of hydrogels to absorb water from surrounding air has not been well explored.

The novel hydrogel developed by the NUS Engineering team extracts water molecules from surrounding air directly, and reduces relative humidity in a confined space from 80 per cent to 60 per cent – within the thermal comfort zone – in less than seven minutes.

This material is suitable for reducing relative humidity in both indoor and outdoor environments, such as in hospital wards and classrooms without air conditioning, as well as in parks and bus stops.

Harnessing humidity for wide-ranging applications

Asst Prof Tan explained, “Moisture in the air is an abundant resource, but there are few attempts to harvest and put it to good use. When our novel hydrogel absorbs water, we observed that it displays interesting optical, electrical and electrochemical properties. This opens up a wide range of useful applications.”

After taking in water from the environment, the novel hydrogel becomes opaque and reduces infrared transmission by about 50 per cent. This translates into a reduction in ambient temperature by more than seven degrees Celsius. Hence, the hydrogel can be used as a smart window material to block off the heat from natural sunlight while doubling up as a privacy screen. When used together with air conditioners, building or home owners could enjoy savings in energy cost as the cooler ambient air will require less electricity to chill it to the desired temperature.

Another interesting application of the hydrogel is to function as a conductive ink on printed circuit boards commonly found in electronic devices. The gel-like nature of the material makes it highly attractive for flexible electronics. The hydrogel can be erased easily with common solvents such as vinegar, so that the circuit boards could be reused. This would help to cut down electronic waste.

The research team also discovered that the hydrogel can generate about 1.8 volts of electricity – similar to the AA battery – which is sufficient to power devices such as a small digital clock. As such, the material may also be used as an emergency power source in situations where there is no sunlight or electricity supply.

These research findings have been published online in the scientific journal Energy & Environmental Science on 24 May 2018.

Next steps

The development of the novel hydrogel is supported by NUS and the Singapore Ministry of Education. Following the promising results of using the hydrogel to significantly reduce relative humidity, the research team, with support from the NUS Industry Liaison Office, has received substantial funding from Temasek Foundation Ecosperity to test this novel application on a larger scale in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The NUS research team has filed a patent for their invention, and the researchers will conduct more studies to further advance the application of the different properties of the novel hydrogel.