Lighting effects and smart products

Printed electronics in printing and graphics

There are a number of particularly good examples of printed electronics in action in the printing and packaging industry, especially in the advertising and print media sector. Magazines, packaging and posters can be designed to be interactive, by including lighting effects and sensors as well as connectivity to data networks.

With many similarities to the printing industry, it seems logical that printed electronics is used in this sector and, of course, in the packaging and advertising industries as well. One spectacular example came in the form of a light-up packaging for Bombay Sapphire Gin. Other printed electronic products have already been around for some time, however, such as interactive blister packaging and gift cards, as well as magazines with printed displays, battery cells and light elements. Posters can be designed not only with RFID labels, but also with movement sensors and antennas. RFID-labels have proven their value within the field of logistics, as well as theft and trademark protection.

Work is also currently under way to develop even more spectacular (and useful) printed electronics applications. Soon enough there will be interactive posters and magazines that can record sensory data (location, temperature and usage) with the help of printed smart labels that include a RFID functionality. It would not be difficult to imagine newspapers with interactive weather data, as well as applications that allow for energy production and storage through flexible solar cells and batteries.

In the Smart Home sector, i.e., the use of home technology, flexible electronics can be used to seamlessly integrate movement, temperature and moisture sensors into e.g., wallpapers. This allows a room's heating or speaker system to be switched on only when the room is occupied.