Recorded, July 17th
Presented by PolyOne GLS
Wearable electronic devices are already well established. According to a Nielsen study, 15% of US consumers already use a wearable device and more than 17 million devices are expected to be sold in the US this year. As wearable device technology continues to change, this industry is expected to explode, with industry experts forecasting sales of 45 million devices by 2017. As consumer requirements and functionality develop, so do the demands on the materials used to enable these designs. Unlike traditional consumer electronics, wearable electronics are in physical contact with their users up to 24 hours a day. They interface with the body and therefore need to be designed for long term skin contact. The rapid growth of wearable electronics without due consideration for long term skin contact has led to early issues, such as reports of skin irritation or sensitivity. There has been expensive litigation and other costs to brand owners who have not adequately taken long term skin contact into consideration.
This webinar highlights those issues and details some of the substances suspected to cause skin sensitization. By discussing these substances and explaining what designers and manufacturers can do to limit these issues, we explore how designs do not need to be limited by material selection. We will show how ideas can be realized as intended, reducing the risk of skin contact issues, and enabling products to perform as they have been designed.
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