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Thinking and acting sustainably becomes more and more important for everyone – also for businesses and companies. Still, natural resources such as wood and oil are used for manufacturing processes. But did you know that there has been a revolution in the production of paper? With the aim to save forests and to reduce water usage, Times Bridge Management (TBM), in cooperation with Japan’s largest printing company Toppan Printing Co., has invented paper made out of Limestone, a material overlooked for a long time.

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How do you know if the coffee in your to go mug is ready to drink without trying and maybe burning your lips? Do you have an idea if you can still eat the meat in your fridge even if the expiration date is already exceeded? Actual there is no practicable answer but nanotubes stamps could bring the solution! Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a stamping process that involves carbon nanotubes which might cost-effectively print electronic ink onto almost any surface – whether rigid or flexible.

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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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Future Links CW 8 – Multichannel Edition

Omnichannel, multichannel, virtual and augmented reality – these terms become more and more important within a brand’s marketing strategy. This is why our weekly future links focus on developments in these areas – be it short-form shows for Snapchat and the Discover platform, Walmart’s omnichannel presence, Chick-fil-A’s new advertising campaign, an augmented reality effect for Facebook Stories or Lightvert’s ECHO technology.