[Sweden] JonDeTech try to make the world a better place with a nano-based IR sensor in plastic. With a new type of IR sensor based on nanotechnology, Swedish JonDeTech plan to launch the concept of IR sensor 2.0. With this new type of sensor the company foresees a whole new range of applications and great opportunities to make the world simpler and more sustainable.
Since 2003, JonDeTech has been researching and developing the next generation IR-sensor. It is the world’s thinnest IR-sensor, based on Nano-technology and can be manufactured in a cost efficient way in enormous volumes.
Korea IT Times had an interview with Robert Ekström, JonDeTech of CEO about why the IR sensor based on Nano technology is better.
What do you mean with IR sensor 2.0?
IR sensor 2.0 is a totally new IR sensor for a digital world where data is the new oil. In that world everything that can be connected will be connected. This requires a new type of IR sensor that can be the bridge between the analogue and the digital world. As opposed to the traditional sensor technology, the IR sensor 2.0:
<> Comes with a very low price compared to the conventional sensor <>Comes with a small size compared to the conventional sensor <>Is made for a mass market <>Is built in plastic, which makes it bendable and flexible <>Is applicable for several new areas of use, such as consumer electronics, MedTech, Fire detection, Property Management etc <>Can be produced with standard PCD production processes <>Can measure both IR and heat flux.
Why is an IR sensor based on Nano technology better?
With the help of nanotechnology we can manufacture the sensors on a “sheet” that contain thousands of sensors with basically the same standard processes as used in circuit board manufacturing. It is through advanced nanotechnology that we have been able to develop an ultrathin sensor for contactless measurement of temperature and heat flow. It is also the nanotechnology that allows this small and super-thin sensor to achieve high performance without the need for encapsulation. For our customers, it is crucial that the sensor is down to one tenth as thick and down to a tenth of the price as compared to conventional IR sensors. We could not have offered that without using the nanotechnology.
What are the uses of the new IR sensor?
The sensor is primarily intended for applications in consumer electronics but also for the industry. JonDeTech sees several potential verticals on the market:
<>Consumer electronics (mobile phones, chargers, computers, monitors, televisions, etc.) <>Medical technology (smart patches) <>Building Information Management ("BIM") and presence detection <>Heat flux measurement (smart clothing, smart patches and activity watches).
What is the impact of the new IR sensor on society and humanity?
We see that we can make an impact in all three of our main segments. This, as our sensors contribute to a safer environment, better health and smart energy savings, which in turn contribute to a better environment. For example, the JonDeTech sensor is ideal for smart windows. Smart windows to change the window’s light and heat transfer properties can use the information registered by JonDeTech’s sensor. This maintains a constant temperature in the room throughout the day without temperature spikes. This gives property owners the opportunity to significantly reduce their energy costs while increasing indoor comfort.
Another area of use is health. JonDeTech's sensor can be integrated into a patch (similar to a standard wound patch) at a low cost that reflects the body temperature. A Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled temperature patch with the JonDeTech sensor can be paired with a smartphone to monitor in real time, for example, a sick child.