Electronic displays can now be printed on to any traditional printing surface with relative ease. Thanks to Ntera birthday cards, event tickets, wrapping, packaging and standard paper is now capable of displaying a digital screen. The advancements is due to the improvements made in nanotechnology which now allow digital screens to be printed at a low cost with minimum power requirements. The technology is already being market tested in Europe ahead of its American launch.
Ntera’s NCD display works by putting out a large amount of electrodes which are made out of a metal oxide semiconductor. It is then printed on to special flexible film which is able to be printed onto nearly any surface. The quality is similar to that of an ink Jet resolution printer. NCD displays can be seen clearly from any angle and any reasonable distance.
One of the previous problems experienced with electronic display printing is that it simply cost too much. It wasn’t worth spending hundreds of dollars printing one digital screen which had a short life span anyway. Add to that the fact that external energy sources used to be needed and you can see why they were rarely utilised by anyone. Now Ntera has made the screens cheap enough to be mass produced and marketed. The displays only uses a fraction of the power used by traditional LCD screens which is just one of many key advantages NCD’s have over their older more dated rival.
The company behind the project in a statement claimed the developments herald a new era of interaction between people and information. The research and development is taking place in the capital of the republic of Ireland, Dublin, with a team of scientists from across the globe involved. Ntrea’s offices however are located in the suburbs of Philadelphia.