DUBLIN, August 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tj33hd/electroactive) has announced the addition of the "Electroactive Polymers and Devices 2013-2018: Forecasts, Technologies, Players" report to their offering.
A $2.5bn opportunity by 2018
Electroactive polymers are one of the most promising technologies. Compared to inorganic materials the versatile polymers have various attractive properties, such as being lightweight, inexpensive and easy to manufacture. Tremendous amount of research and development has led to Electroactive Polymers (EAP) that can also change size or shape when stimulated by the right external electrical activation mechanism, meaning they can convert electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Especially in the actuators segment vast R&D activity can be seen for specialized applications such as medical devices and biomimetic-robotics. Here the features of electroactive polymers are used to enable movement and generate force as well as electrically control surface properties.
Haptics for consumer portable touch screen devices and peripherals is going to be the next big application and potentially the first large-scale implementation of EAP actuators in general with an expected penetration of 60% for haptic feedback in mobile phones for 2018.
Today, EAPs are available that produce large strains and show great potential for applications. In comparison to only small response in the early development years electroactive polymers show significant deformation in the range of two to three orders of magnitude.
Until now, despite several decades of R&D and first applications, t
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