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Nanotechnology Incorporated Into Paper Electronics

March 24, 2014

Mainstream use of paper electronics with incorporated nanotechnology is still a ways off into the future. However in the last decade progress in the field...

RFID Market Grows 17 Percent in One Year to $9.2B in 2014, According to New Report

March 20, 2014

The latest report by IDTechEx "RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2014-2024," reveals the RFID market—including tags, readers, software and services, for passive and active RFID—will...

The End of Trade Shows?

Don Piontek March 17, 2014

I don't think the large shows like drupa, Ipex, and GRAPH EXPO will be shutting down any time soon. But we will increasingly see major...

How Plastic Money Could Spawn Paper-Thin Electronics

July 29, 2013

This spring, astronaut Chris Hadfield unveiled the currency of Canada’s future by spinning a banknote in zero gravity. It was a (Canadian) $5 bill, the...

A Troubling Sign for Tablet Magazines?

May 29, 2013

Despite all the hype about iPads and Kindles, U.S. magazine publishers are making far more money on the Web and generally wondering when their tablet...

MIT Unveils 4D Printing

February 28, 2013

Skylar Tibbits, a trained architect, designer, computer scientist, as well as a TED2012 Senior Fellow, recently presented a new concept at TED2013: 4-D printing—where materials...

Kodak’s 'No Show' at Trade Shows

Noel Ward February 4, 2013

Shows are expensive, requiring big checks up front. Kodak says it sees a better return from bringing more prospects to its demo center in Rochester,...

Why Printed Books Will Never Die

January 16, 2013

eBooks are slowly subsuming the printed format as the preferred vehicle on which people read books. But perhaps there is reason to hope that eBooks...

State Offers no Money for Textbooks

January 14, 2013

Nonexistent state funding for new textbook purchases is driving the search for alternative sources of information, mainly via the Internet, electronic databases and licensing of...

How Many Ipex Exhibitors Does It Take to Fill ExCel Hall?

Noel Ward January 10, 2013

For the past year or so, the Ipex email machine has been spewing out regular updates, telling me how spectacularly wonderful the show is going...