Cypak Disposable Paper Computer With RFID Antenna

Cypak, a Swedish technology startup, has created secure contactless technology that can compete with traditional RFID systems. The company uses conductive ink and adhesives to print electronic circuits and antennas on paper and plastic.


In his 1972 novel The Godmakers, Frank Herbert wrote about transmit-paper:

"Behind him there was the sound of a scratchy stylus rasping across transmit-paper as the Investigation-Adjustment operative made notes on the interview they had just completed. The paper was transmitting a record of the words to the operative's waiting ship." (More...)

Although the current versions of the product are only capable of transmission over short distances, the technology is flexible enough to allow a much longer read range. So, if you had a stylus that was able to make marks that the paper computer understood - you could transmit your message, just like Herbert remarks in his book.

See more details at RFID Journal - Smart Packaging, Smarter Cards and Pocket-sized Computer.

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