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Printing the Internet of Things to Save the Environment

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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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Printing Super Caps with a Pen

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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Screen Printed Electronic Tattoo Tracks Emotions

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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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How Intelligent Ink and Printed Electronics Revolutionize Pharma Packaging

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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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Nano Ink + Stamp Printing = Flexible Conductors

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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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Printed Solar Cells: Capturing Sunlight on Paper

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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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Affordable ink that prints Braille on desktop printers

Not only are braille printers so expensive that most people can’t afford them, the heavy paper that is required often results in bulky documents and books, which is also less than ideal. Creative director at J. Walter Thomson in Bangkok Satit Jantawiwat wanted to find a way to solve these problems. He and his team started working on a Braille embosser for the home that wouldn't cost a fortune.

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Printed electronics and 3D printing form a powerful combination

As electronics are getting both smaller and more powerful, electronics manufacturers are searching for new ways to increase performance. One way to still push the performance forward is by improving the architecture of the electronic components by stacking multiple structural layers on top of each other. Beta Layout GmbH is using 3D printing technology to manufacture and test prototypes of innovative circuit carriers and printed circuit boards.

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