Innovators from Purdue University hope their new innovation can help transform paper sheets from a note pad into a music player interface and make food packaging interactive.
Purdue engineers developed an easy printing procedure that renders any paper or cardboard product packaging into a keyboard, keypad or other easy-to-use human-machine interfaces. This technology is released in the Aug. 23 edition of Nano Energy.
“We established a method to render paper repellent to water, oil and dust by coating it with extremely fluorinated molecules.
Martinez stated this development assists in the fabrication of vertical pressure sensing units that do not need any external battery, since they harvest the energy from their contact with the user.
This technology works with conventional large-scale printing procedures and could quickly be implemented to rapidly convert standard cardboard packaging or paper into wise product packaging or a smart human-machine interface.
” I picture this technology to assist in the user interaction with food packaging, to verify if the food is safe to be taken in, or enabling users to sign the plan that arrives at house by dragging their finger over package to correct identify themselves as the owner of the bundle,” Martinez said. “In addition, our group demonstrated that simple paper sheets from a notebook can be transformed into music gamer user interfaces for users to select tunes, play them and alter their volume.”