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altces1 Alt.CES: Cereal boxes with wirelessly powered glowing ink
Chris Walker, of Secret Labs/Netduino fame, was kind enough to agree to do some snooping around at CES for MAKE, too. Here’s more info on the printed-circuit ink product boxes on display at the show. — Gareth

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As Damien Stolarz previously reported, Fulton Innovation demonstrated cereal boxes with wirelessly-powered glowing ink.

These boxes were printed with special metallic ink at a cost of pennies per box. But it wasn’t just the flashing lights that were printed with metallic ink: entire circuits printed on the inside surface controlled the animation and turned these everyday boxes into intelligent electronics. The cereal boxes even communicated with a nearby computer which queried its expiration date.

These circuits can be printed using standard printing processes (including silkscreen and printing presses) and the work that WMU CAPE is doing will hopefully enable home inkjet- or laser-printed options. The possibilities for maker-printed wireless circuits are really fascinating.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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