It seems that everything is getting smarter these days, doesn’t it? The next thing we can expect to get the smart treatment is the humble old sheet of paper.
It seems that researchers from North Dakota State University in the US have worked out how to slip a radio frequency identification chip into a sheet of paper in a way which is going to open up a lot new uses for it.
For example, the use of these chips could help cut down on fraud if they are used in bank notes or legal documents. Other possibilities could include the use of these chips on travel documents and smart labels.
A Giant LEAP for Paper
The work which has been carried out to date is to be presented to the audience of the upcoming conference at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the paper in question has been labelled Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging (LEAP).
The current smart paper (known as RFID enabled) uses chips which are much thicker than these ones, which means that it becomes very bulky and in some cases unprintable.
With the LEAP process a laser is used to embed the chips and antenna as precisely as possible, but even so the process is said to be twice as quick as the methods which are currently used, while it is also said to be a good deal cheaper, according to Professor Val Marinov, who just happens to be the head of the project.
It has been more or less a decade since the likes of the European bank and Bank of Japan said that they wanted to go do this avenue and this latest research appears to be a huge step forward.