Smart Paint: Electronic Power System Surfaces
Moving displays on bottles or other surfaces using cheap injection molding technology is under development at the University of Warwick in the U.K.
According to Professor Gordon Smith, at the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Center:
"This technology opens up a wealth of possibilities, plastic drink bottles could have moving displays created as an integral part of the bottle - or instead of tracking products by hiding RFID tags in them the whole product or a major plastic component of it could effectively be turned into a giant impossible to remove tag."
A grant of £300,000 will provide graduate students with an opportunity to develop this technology, which places a thin film of electronically active surface on plastic components as they are manufactured.
An electronically active surface would be just the thing for the choice enabled packaging technology demonstrated in the Ipifini Programmable Liquid Containers. You pick the button and determine the flavor of your drink after you buy it. Now, the label can reflect the button you picked.
(Ipifini's Choice-Enabled Packaging - programmable soda)
Presumably, this could also be used to print large plastic film newspapers like the e-paper newspapers shown off in Spielberg's 2002 version of PKD's Minority Report.
(Minority Report E-Paper Newspaper)
From Research Programme Seeks Postgraduates to Paint Power Onto Plastics via
Frolix-8 and io9.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 3/5/2008)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
New Glass Tough As Steel
'Windows of an artificial transparent element...'' - Olaf Stapledon, 1930.
Blackest Black? New Disordered Nanostructured Material
'Well, we have a black coating now thatís ninety-nine percent absorptive...' - Doc Smith, 1934.
Boeing Creates Lightest Metal Ever
'A metal that was apparently as light as cork and stronger than steel...' - Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1929.
Light Molecules (And Maybe Light Sabers, Someday)
'It will be matter, matter made of light...'- John W. Campbell, 1930.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Solowheel Xtreme Heinlein Tumblebug Video
'The cadets 'stood to horse' alongside their poised tumblebugs...'
Algorithm Predicts Marriage Success (HAL 9000 Will See You Now)
'I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset....'
Denmark Island Earth (Verdenskortet ala Ringworld)
'They wanted to keep something of what they were losing...'
Humai Startup To Implant Your Brain In Robot Body
'The astounded onlookers saw a human brain snugly encased in a transparent skull-shaped receptacle.'
Blue Origin Reusable Rocket's Vertical Landing
We're getting there, one launch at a time.
X125 Snake-Arm Inspection Robot Video
'... long, flexible, glittering tentacles...'
Super-Thin Smart Glazing Displays
'...a wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling color.'
Have Scientists Found A Parallel Universe Leaking Into Ours
'Ellis had found a weak point, a shimmer, at which another continuum completely had been visible.'
Active Wellness Smart Car Seat
'Maybe the car was right...'
Tech Tats Prototype Sfnal Devices
'...Permanently fixed in the centre of his forehead.'
ANNABELL AI Can Learn English From Scratch
'...Could understand not only classic programming but also Loglan and English..."
Tesla Suit Gives Haptic Hugs
'Then a pressure on the lips...'
Surgically Implantable Artificial Kidney Starts Testing
'George Walt... proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...'
Self-Filling Water Bottle Is Beetle-Based
'That moisture trickles down...'
Senate Passes Space Mining Legislation
'The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite...'
Microsoft's Surface Book Is Part Clipboard
'Floyd sometimes wondered if the Newspad, and the fantastic technology behind it, was the last word in man's quest for perfect communications...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories