Innovative new electronic labels have been unveiled this month, created incorporating thin-film transistors enabling the revolutionary new labels to detect when food has passed its best date as well as provide other useful features in other areas such as moving newspaper pictures.
The new 2D printed electronics have been constructed using nanomaterial graphene that could be used in newspapers, self-updating price tags and more.
The electronic tags are currently still under development and they are still quite a number of years away from being ready for the consumer market. The Smithsonian Magazine website explains a little more :
Coleman and his team have created the first-ever printed transistors made entirely of 2D nanomaterials. In other words, they’ve made totally flat electronics that can potentially be printed extremely cheaply. These printed electronics could have any number of uses.
They could, for example, be used to replace traditional price labels in a supermarket. Instead of having an employee with a label gun walking around changing prices, electronic labels could update themselves automatically. They could make passports that renew themselves, or wine bottles that tell you when they’re being stored at too warm a temperature. As in the Harry Potter scenario, they could be used to make moving newspapers, posters and book jackets.
As more details are announced in the future we will as always keep you up-to-date on developments for this interesting new technology.