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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.3.3 | Award Amount: 4.27M | Year: 2013

We have seen a large rise of novel and user-friendly interfaces that move beyond the paradigm of mouse and keyboard for input. Multi-touch screens are now the de-facto standard in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. This rise in adoption of such natural user interfaces shows there is a great deal of user demand for simpler ways of navigating information and content, where the computer interface is not a barrier, but enables them to accomplish tasks more quickly and easily.\nArguably whilst the input between user and computer has become greatly enriched due to innovations in user sensing technologies such as touch and depth sensors, there has been less significant work that has explored novel output or display mechanisms coupled with this novel input. FLASHED will address this challenge of building a novel user interface device that couples novel input with output.\nA major problem of flexible displays is still the lack of interactivity, because none of the market-ready touch solutions are flexible. Therefore, one major goal of FLASHED is the development of novel, flexible touchscreen solutions, covering aspects like cost-effectiveness and energy-efficiency. Moreover, the FLASHED project puts strong emphasis on user-friendly interfaces. The FLASHED device itself consists of a flexible display, a touchscreen layer using a force-sensing touch array and a feedback actuator layer .\nThe R&D work starts with research into developing new ink-materials for the touchscreen as well as the feedback actuator layer and with the development of the layers, of the microcontroller, and of the software. Based on these input layers, we will integrate them with the flexible display and implement demonstrators. Formative evaluation combined with a two-round development process will ensure that the FLASHED results fit its users needs while summative evaluation will validate the overall utility of the approach to promote flexible interactive surfaces.

Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 2.51M | Year: 2015

Glass has been a key material for many important advances in civilization; it was glass lenses which allowed microscopes to see bacteria for the first time and telescopes which revealed the planets and the moons of Jupiter. Glassware itself has contributed to the development of chemical, biological and cultural progress for thousands of years. The transformation of society with glass continues in modern times; as strands of glass optical fibres transform the internet and how we communicate. Today, glasses have moved beyond transparent materials, and through ongoing research have become active advanced and functional materials. Unlike conventional glasses made from silica or sand, research is now producing glasses from materials such as sulphur, which yields an unusual, yellow orange glass with incredibly varied properties. This next generation of speciality glasses are noted for their functionality and their ability to respond to optical, electrical and thermal stimuli. These glasses have the ability to switch, bend, self-organize and darken when exposed to light, they can even conduct electricity. They transmit light in the infra-red, which ordinary glass blocks and the properties of these glasses can even change, when strong light is incident upon them. The demand for speciality glass is growing and these advanced materials are of national importance for the UK. Our businesses that produce and process materials have a turnover of around £170 billion per annum; represent 15% of the countrys GDP and have exports valued at £50 billion. With our proposed research programme we will produce extremely pure, highly functional glasses, unique to the world. The aims of our proposed research are as follows: - To establish the UK as a world-leading speciality glass research and manufacturing facility - To discovery new and optimize existing glass compositions, particularly in glasses made with sulphur - To develop links with UK industry and help them to expit these new glass materials - To demonstrate important new electronic, telecommunication, switching devices from these glasses - To partner other UK Universities to explore new and emerging applications of speciality glass To achieve these goals we bring together a world-class, UK team of physicists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists from Southampton, Exeter, Oxford, Cambridge and Heriot-Watt Universities. We are partners with over 15 UK companies who will use these materials in their products or contribute to new ways of manufacturing them. This proposal therefore provides a unique opportunity to underpin a substantial national programme in speciality-glass manufacture, research and development.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.3.3 | Award Amount: 9.78M | Year: 2010

COSMIC advances the state-of- the- art of complementary organic circuits, i.e. circuits combining n-type and p-type organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). The project comprises extensive research on technology, circuit design, OTFT modeling and characterization. The technology effort includes material and printing processes co-development (incl. LC polymers) and focuses on large area and highly productive in-line compatible processes. COSMICs research will strongly contribute to advancement of the scientific knowledge in organic electronics. The use of complementary transistors will enable major breakthroughs in performance and application potential of OTFT circuits.\nComplementary digital circuits show much lower power consumption and highly improved noise margin, which enables higher circuit complexity, improves fabrication robustness compared to p-type-only circuits and lowers power consumption. These advantages are expected to result in major breakthroughs in performance and fabrication of organic electronics .\nThe availability of complementary devices will also enable the design of analogue circuits using OTFTs, a basically unexplored field at the moment. In COSMIC an analogue to digital converter coupled to a temperature sensor will be demonstrated, showing for the first time the potential of OTFTs in the sensors and actuator market. A silent authentication tag comprising a first organic RF receiver will also be build, to show organic electronics potential in the field of item-level, secure tracking of goods. Additionally the RF interface will be combined with a sensor application to demonstrate remote sensing in the Smart Objects area\nAll COSMIC applications are of direct relevance to the industrial partners within the consortium and demonstrate the capability of organic complementary technology to generate value for the European industry at large.

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