Novalia is a start-up company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company was founded in 2014 by two brothers who wanted to develop a media that would make the experience of reading something exciting and interactive. The company produces cards and posters that transform into interactive media when you hold them up to the light. The company was able to raise over $15,000 on Kickstarter to get its product off the ground.
An interactive surface is being created with ordinary paper by a company named Novalia
In contrast to typical paper and cardboard, a new printing technology developed at Purdue University can make them all of these things, from waterproof to interactive to capable of harvesting energy. Using a piece of notebook paper as a playback medium, the researchers demonstrated their technique. The method could be scaled up to be applied to more mainstream printing processes.
Using highly fluorinated molecules, the researchers coated paper to make it repellent to water, oil, and dust. This omniphobic coating allowed them to print multiple layers of circuits onto paper without the ink smearing over time.
The researchers used this omniphobic surface as the starting point for integrating vertical pressure sensors onto the paper. This enables it to be a multifunctional interactive surface, and one that can utilize friction-based energy harvesting as users apply pressure on the device to be able to provide power for wireless Bluetooth communication, as well.
In addition to making an impressive keypad that is capable of wireless data transmission, the team performed an impressive musical performance with it as well. The paper-based instrument responds to touching and dragging gestures for volume adjustment, and it incorporates printed buttons for muting and skipping to the next song.
Here’s what the research team has to say
Moreover, they report that the devices are relatively cheap to print, costing less than a quarter a piece for each device, and that the technology is compatible with normal printing processes. In other words, things like cardboard packaging could be easily converted into smart packaging.
Martinez says this technology can allow users to interact with food packaging in a number of ways, such as verifying whether a food is safe to consume or identifying themselves as the owner of the package as they drag their finger over it. “Our group also demonstrated that simple notebook pages could be turned into interfaces for music players so the user could choose songs, play them, and alter their volume.”
Novalia has also integrated Nanocircuits in their electronic paper
To implement nanocircuits as efficiently as possible, a number of methods are being explored. Here are a few commonly used methods:
- Cellular automata with quantum dots
- Transistors with a single electron
- Locks for nanoscale crossbars
The focus of researchers today is on combining nanocircuitry with semiconductor devices, such as MOSFETs. In the coming years, MOSFETs will play a key role in many analog and digital circuit designs because they are used in so many analog and digital circuits.
A vertical channel FET with circular cross section was the most successful nanoscale reduction of all the FETs.
With nanowires, nanosys was able to create lateral channels on a FET. Different alignment methods and solution-based deposition methods were used to construct these nanowires. The material’s reliability was much better than a conventional nanowire FET, even though its overall size was not as small. A large volume of printing can easily be carried out at reasonable costs with such a design, as fabrication processes are sufficient. By using low temperatures in the deposition process, such FETs can be used as transistor carriers. It can also be used to make flat panel displays and also wide area solar cells that are bendable.
Methods of production
Nanocircuitry relies primarily on Moore’s Law for the most part.
Using it, it can be determined how many transistors can be added to a silicon integrated circuit based on its processing speed. An increase in transistors will result in a quicker computer.
Nanocircuits can be used to integrate more transistors on one chip, thereby forming supercomputers, which is the reason why nanocircuits are being developed. A sleek design will only present a problem if the transistors are not aligned properly. Due to their sensitivity to electromagnetic interference, cosmic rays, and temperature variations, nanocircuits will be more vulnerable to problems than larger chips.
This may cause interference problems since transistors will be packed so closely. There is even difficulty dissipating the heat generated. Tunneling over the insulation barriers and fabrication challenges are also likely to cause the device to be less effective.
Nanocircuits will not be released in the market until 2016 for most of these reasons. However, investing $250 billion would be required in the production of such devices. Moore’s law will also gradually lose its effect when computer speeds reach maximum levels in the future.
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It may be useful to look at the Interactive Newsprint site to get an example of how to use the technology. Consider, for instance, an interactive community news poster to promote or illustrate articles that could be read aloud when a button is pushed through the edge.
It took the Preston-based team some months to complete the project and they are now experimenting with the technology in a lab and out in the field to discover new forms of digital storytelling and find ways to connect communities to the information they are interested in.
‘Preston News’, an interactive newspaper and a poster are a part of the effort.
Researchers at the University of Dundee have described the ability to listen to local Lancashire accents reading the newspaper as “beautifully simple and exciting”.
This little technology can go a long way for the creator’s community & the solutions it can provide can be enormous. Only time will tell. What are the ideas that first come to your mind, when you see a technology like this? Let us know down in the comment below!