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In the recent past, we have experienced a mass of innovations coming from the printing industry: 3D printed houses, food or even bones. The printing of OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) displays with an inkjet printer might be another leap in functional printing and next-generation TVs.

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Thanks to their versatility, printed electronics are booming. On our blog we have already shown how they can be used in the medical field, to prevent accidents, to solve crimes or to generate power. Who would have thought that they also are able to spread music throughout the world?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is looking forward to an exciting future. Although it is going to entail many advantages, some experts are concerned about its environmental impact. After all, it will comprise more than 200 billion connected devices by 2021 resulting in a huge amount of e-waste due to the batteries needed in order to power them. But Finnish researchers are already searching for a solution.

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The blood alcohol level is the most precise indicator of a person’s intoxication. For a long time it has been necessary to take blood samples for this purpose, but now screen printing offers a more practicable solution.

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Flexible electronics are the future. Especially for the use in small devices, the materials have to be highly pliable and robust. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institut für neue Materialien (INM) in Saarbrücken, Germany developed a process, which lets you “write” electronic caps directly with a pen. A combination of the advantages of organic and inorganic electronic materials form a new hybrid ink.

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Researching reactions to situations or products is a major challenge for pollsters and advertisers. They either have to rely on surveys or use electromyography. But questionnaires are inevitably subjective and the use of electromyography is limited to laboratories. Printed electronics now offer a solution for this issue.

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There are several medications that have to be stored at a certain temperature. Otherwise they might not only become unusable but also dangerous to the patient’s health. Add this to the fact that patients are not constantly adhering to their prescriptions or forget to take their medicine and you see how important smart packaging has become for the pharma industry.

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What if the conviction of a criminal is in jeopardy because a phone protected by fingerprint biometrics can’t get unlocked? It was a scenario like that, which made researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) develop a technique to recreate fingerprints using a common inkjet printer.

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Printed electronics is one of the super trends at the moment. A great demand for transparent and highly flexible circuits used for solar panels or touchscreens drives scientists around the world to invent innovative ways of production. Now researchers from INM developed a new printing technique to reach a new level for ultra-thin and ultra-flexible electronics.

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The cost of energy generated by solar power has drastically declined over the past 40 years due to new technologies and efficiency improvements. The latest invention in this field comes from Aalto University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Their scientists recently developed a simple printing process that allows to print pictures able to generate power.

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Future Links CW 3: Multichannel Edition

When it comes to multichannel news, we could not get around featuring rumours about augmented reality glasses by Apple, Philips’ augmented-reality technology for the image-guided minimally-invasive surgery market , the Royal Shakespeare Company’s innovative approach to storytelling with virtual reality, Crown’s new microsite for designing metal packaging and the new omnichannel programmatic advertisting integration platform by Sharethrough and Adelphic.