Advances in printed electronics could rapidly redefine what a "computer" is.
Oslo, Norway-based ThinFilm Electronics announced plans to create an electronics device with basic computing components printed on a strip of plastic. The "smart tag" features ThinFilm's memory with printable transistors from research company PARC, a battery, and display.
It appears that the first use of the very simple computing device will be to monitor temperature on perishable goods. South African company PST Sensors and ThinFilm plan to make a prototype of a disposable temperature sensor to monitor foods or medicine, such as vaccines.
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