Flexible plastic image sensor shown in world's first "Mona Lisa" demonstration

This week the folks at ISORG and Plastic Logic are ramping up for their first full showing of their flexible plastic image sensor with a demonstration video that scans an image of the Mona Lisa. This demonstration comes after the technology was first introduced back in June with a description and first push for manufacturing. Here near the end of 2013, ISORG and Plastic Logic prepare to show the technology off at Printed Electronics USA 2013 in Santa Clara.

The Printed Electronics 2013 event is set to take place from November 20th through the 21st and will provide viewers some up-close looks at the plastic organic thin-film transistor backplane which plays host to deposited organic printed photodetectors for a final product able to act as a full-fledged sensor. This technology is placed on a computer board in the demonstration and effectively scans a transparent image of the Mona Lisa.

This collaboration works with the deposition of the OPD created by ISORG onto the OTFT made by Plastic Logic. This comes out to be a 4x4cm active area with 94 x 95 = 8 930 pixel resolution and a 375um pitch (175um pixel size with 200um spacing).

This creation brings about a new age in the manufacture of new types of large area image sensors, and immediately shows signs of expansion for Plastic Logics' contribution well beyond plastic applications. ISORG and Plastic Logic suggest that "smart packing" and "sensors for medical equipment and biomedical diagnostics" might be next, while mobile commerce uses could also be right around the corner.

This technology could be used for 3D interactive user interfaces as well. Think printers, smartphones, and every sort of smart device you can think of working with the ability to see you through their display. Sensing the user will be a thing that's assumed by the smart device in your pocket, and we'll never look at a large panel again without wondering if it's looking back!