The heady day when the shrink-wrap on your broccoli can be scanned by your smartphone for the latest recipes just moved a bit closer.
Thinfilm, a Norwegian company, is putting printed wireless transmitters together with existing printed logic, memory, sensor, and battery systems on product packaging. This novel assemblage will be commercialized in 2014, the company says, in partnership with Bemis, a Wisconsin packaging company that makes 200 billion packages a year for meat, cheese, medical devices, and personal care products.
“This is a step toward an Internet of things, where you have the embodiment of a printed system that can go on any object,” says Davor Sutija, CEO, Thinfilm, in an interview yesterday.
Thinfilm has already put printed memory together with printed transistors on the same sheet of plastic in a partnership with PARC, and had previously announced plans to include printed batteries and printed displays, too.
Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks
One insider says the company’s current staffing isn’t able to sustain the platform.
Technology that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready?
Digital clones of the people we love could forever change how we grieve.
How to befriend a crow
I watched a bunch of crows on TikTok and now I'm trying to connect with some local birds.
Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not
Elon said no thanks to using his mega-constellation for navigation. Researchers went ahead anyway.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.