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Material Connexion Releases Material (R)Evolution: Connected

NEW YORK, May 27, 2015 – ThinkLAB, the consulting division of Material ConneXion (MCX), the world’s largest subscription-based materials library, with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design, has today released the third installation of the well-respected report series, Material (R)evolution, titled Connected. Focusing on the incredibly fast-growing field of connected materials and manufacturing processes, Connected aims to provide a broad yet current look at how materials are enabling seamless integration and effective connection between us and our world, bringing the user the latest and most effective solutions for embedded tech, smart materials and lightweight high-performance smart fabrics.

Every day, our world becomes more connected. As our devices, appliances, transportation, apparel, homes and workplaces increasingly communicate with us—and each other—seamless technological integration is imperative. More importantly, the materials in which our technology is integrated must perform just as well while maintaining, and sometimes enhancing, the connectedness we desire. In order to provide usable insight and perspective on this quickly evolving industry, Material ConneXion’s award-winning consulting team, ThinkLAB, has curated this particular report to serve as a digestible, enjoyable and insightful resource and guide to understanding connected technology.

The report is broken into topics or material categories, in order to highlight the parts that make any electronic system work: batteries, substrates, circuitry, coatings, components, screens and displays. Included in this world are materials that are of current interest within the broader topic of “connected”, such as smart fabrics, e-textiles, printed electronics, medical and sportswear sensors and devices worn on the body, as well as flexible interactive packaging. The report contains in-depth descriptions of new materials, as well as case studies and a comprehensive glossary.

“Achieving the combination of performance and form demanded by flexible electronics has required a completely new set of material types, manufacturing processes and testing procedures, some of which have come from the fabric world, others from the printing world, but all of which are testing the limits of what materials can do today,” says Dr. Andrew H. Dent, VP Library and Research at Material ConneXion. “Through this report, we aim to provide a greater awareness of the requirements for developing an integrated electronics system, and an inspirational perspective on what can be accomplished.”

The first digital report in the series, Additive Manufacturing, explores the realm of 3D printing and other additive manufacturing techniques. The second digital report in the series, Grown, explores bio-based materials and the new innovations in this field. Slated for release in fall of 2015 is the fourth installment of the Material (R)evolution series of reports, titled Design.

All reports are available for purchase at materialconnexion.com for $495.00 USD.

For a preview of Material (R)evolution: Connected, click here. To schedule an interview with a Material ConneXion spokesperson, please contact Rachel Lexier-Nagle, Senior PR and Communications Manager, Material ConneXion (rlexier@materialconnexion.com; +1 917 934 2903).

About Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion (materialconnexion.com), a SANDOW company, is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps clients create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward-thinking agencies and government entities seeking a creative, competitive or sustainable edge. With locations in Bangkok, Bilbao, Daegu, Milan, New York, Skövde and Tokyo, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes—an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The consulting division, ThinkLAB, works with clients to strategically incorporate trends, service and innovation into their business models and products, while sister company Culture + Commerce represents the world’s leading designers, including Philippe Starck, Kravitz Design and Paola Navone, in licensing their groundbreaking new products and projects.

About ThinkLAB

ThinkLAB is the consulting division of Material ConneXion. We are the go-to resource for design inspiration and product innovation. From high-tech to design-oriented solutions, we track design, material and manufacturing innovations across industries and place them in context to expand our clients’ ability to innovate. Having a comprehensive knowledge of material science and a keen understanding of the role materials play in design development, Material ConneXion ThinkLAB leverages materials and manufacturing innovations to create better products and experiences. From inspiration to manufacturing support, we take you beyond the library to help you find the material solutions that matter to your brand. Our material intelligence has been used by some of the largest, most innovative corporations in the world, as well as smaller, forward-thinking companies and government agencies. Numerous brands have benefited from our expertise, adding untold value to their designs, products, and bottom line.