Advance in has potential to connect paper to the internet.
Researchers in Sweden and the UK have created a printed diode capable of operating above one gigahertz, marking a breakthrough in printed e-label technology and adding to current means of interconnecting objects in an internet-like environment.
Heralded as the starting point of having paper connected to the internet, the authors explain that printed electronic labels and stickers are expected to define future outposts of the communication web, as remote sensors, detectors and as surveillance technology, within the “Internet of Things” concept.
Also known as “ubiquitous computing”, the Internet of Things describes an environment where objects – household appliances, clothing, cars, books, furniture and buildings, just about anything really – process information and network with each other and humans. So your bathroom scales can communicate your health risks to your life insurance company, your car can search for a vacant parking spot, and yoghurt on the brink of expiry will tell your fridge, which in turn will tell you to eat it pronto. That sort of thing.