If you're into handwriting, drawing, keeping diaries the old fashioned
way and sipping wine, you may soon be able to merge all those activities
into one. A new device created by Portland-based designer Jessica Chan
adds a bohemian touch to the old fountain pen, by allowing it to be
charged with any type of raw liquid with a staining property, including –
you guessed it – wine. Called WINKpen, it also uses tea, beer, and
anything else that tickles the user's fancy.
You've probably heard about pens with conductive ink
, that allow users to draw circuits onto materials such as paper. Now, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have gone a step or two farther – they've created "bio-inks" that could be used to draw sensors onto a variety of surfaces, using an ordinary ballpoint pen.
Is that label maker of yours just not turning your crank anymore? Well, if you’re willing to do a little more fiddling around, you might be interested in Tag on That. Billed as “the world's first affordable Specialty Printer Machine,” the portable device utilizes the same principles as industrial-scale machines, to print words or images on just about any object that you can fit inside of it.
If you’re into writing the “old-fashioned” way – that is with a pen and paper – then you’re probably already acquainted with Sharpie, the company that brought us those markers and pens that come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Their latest offering – called the Sharpie Liquid Pencil – is really quite unique. It writes like a pen but can be erased like a pencil and it becomes as permanent as a permanent marker in three days.
Silicon is the main substrate used for the integrated circuits found in almost all electronic equipment available today. However, silicon could soon be replaced by plastic, film or even fabrics, with Xerox scientists developing a low-temperature silver ink that they say paves the way for the commercialization and low-cost manufacture of printable electronics
. This process will offer manufacturers an inexpensive way to add “intelligence” or computing power to a wide range of surfaces to produce things like electronic clothing and cheap games.
Cheaper solar cells – roughly one-tenth the cost of current day prices – could be available within three to five years thanks to a manufacturing procedure that uses nanoparticle ‘inks’ to print them like newspaper or to spray-paint them onto the sides of buildings or rooftops. Even windows could become solar cells thanks to the semi-transparent inks. 'Painting' solar cells on buildings has been an idea in the making for some time – Gizmag investigated the possibilities of 'solar paint
' in 2008.