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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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Interactive newsprint points to the future

A team of researchers at the Media Innovation Studio at University of Central Lancashire looked closely at newspaper pages. They saw much more than just ink and paper: They envisioned the printed page to become an interactive surface connected to the internet of things (IoT) that would respond to touch and offer audio playback and other unexpected features.

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Future Links October 5th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers bioplastics' reuse and the future of packaging; 3D printing in forensics, packaging and the internet of things, how a new labeling machine brought productivity increases, Zechini’s entry into the luxury packaging market and new on the drupa blog: drupa innovation park 2016

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NFC-labels communicate with consumers

The internet of things may be closer than you think. The beverage company Diageo and the Norwegian company Thinfilm have unveiled a prototype Johnny Walker Blue Label bottle that wirelessly speaks to consumers’ smartphones. No sensors or batteries required, just a printed label.

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The Challenges Facing the Packaging Industry

Packaging production is an important part of the print industry. It might not appear to be as sensational as 3D or functional printing, but packaging can be quite an interesting topic as well. So, let’s take a closer look at the challenges facing this cornerstone of our industry and what they mean for printers and converters.

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The Future of Packaging Production

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Packaging has come a long way and bright minds are revealing their latest innovations. Read about robot arms, AI assisted manual palletizing and custom cases that might revolutionize the future of packaging production.

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