You are looking at a transistor PRINTED ON PAPER!
July 22nd, 2008First paper-based transistors
Posted by Roland Piquepaille @ 9:43 am
Categories: Science & Nature, Engineering & Innovation
Tags: Team, Transistor, TFT, Semiconductors, Hardware, Roland Piquepaille
Portuguese researchers have created the first paper-based transistors. To be more precise, they’ve made the first field effect transistors (FET) with a paper interstrate layer. According to the research team, these new transistors offer the same level of performance as ’state-of-the-art oxide based thin film transistors (TFTs) produced on glass or crystalline silicon substrates.’ Possible applications for these paper-based transistors include new disposable electronics devices, such as paper displays, smart labels, bio-applications or RFID tags. [...]
For you artistic types, that looks like they printed gold onto the paper. Real gold. Think about that... Heh.
For us science types, this means disposable cellphones, robots that can be mailed in an envelope, letters that know they have been delivered to the wrong address and will tell you so, books that read to you, diaries that know who you are, and a whole new paradigm shift in surveillance and security technology.