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EDITORIAL Dear Readers, I have to confess two things: First of all, I love wearables. At this point, I simply could not live without all the statistics and data my smartwatch offers after my running or cycling sessions. Secondly, I still think that there is an abundance of wearables that not only confuses the consumers, but also offers solutions to problems that simply do not exist. Okay, there might be three or four people among us, who are enthusiastic about a smart doorbell that sends push messages to the smartphone once someone rings at your door. And yes, even the smart spoon, which remembers the flavours consumers enjoyed the most, may find a few happy buyers, but not every household item needs a chip on it. No, I do not think that usefulness is the only factor that should determine whether a company or start-up should pursue an idea for a new gadget; after all, we all like to ‘play’ sometimes, even as adults. The first sector that comes into my mind is the fashion industry. Here, playfulness can be a true success factor. In this issue of OPE journal, we decided to take a look beyond wearables and focus on consumer electronics and intelligent clothing. Absolutely useful products such as the “SoundShirt” from CuteCircuit that allows deaf persons to feel music on their skin may be the exception here, but the attention-grabbing properties of flexible and hybrid electronics are certainly more spectacular and even promise more commercial success than our ‘intelligent’ doorbell from the example above. I would summarise my message as follows: Be playful and creative when it comes to brainstorming and finding new applications for organic and printed electronics, but also keep an eye on what is really necessary. After all, the internet is filled with tech blogs and reports about the ‘biggest fails’ in wearables and IoT technology. With these thoughts, I’d like to wish you Happy Holidays and a good start into the New Year. In 2019, we will be back with our extensive preview on LOPEC and you can also meet us at innoLAE in January. Enjoy reading! 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