Published: 09 December 2019

Next Generation Paper exhibited at IDTechEx

The Next Generation Paper project was exhibited on the NovaCentrix stand at the IDTechEx show on the 20-21st November 2019, in Santa Clara, California, USA.

Next Generation paper exhibited at IDTechEx
Vikram Turkani, Applications Engineer at NovaCentrix demonstrates 'Next Generation Paper' technology at the stand.

NovaCentrix, a company based in Austin, Texas, specialise in the development and production of next generation printed electronic devices. They have partnered with the University of Surrey, using their expertise in this area of large-scale fabrication of printed touch sensors and reliable conductive traces to help deliver the hardware-augmented Next Generation Paper functional prototype.

Dr. Radu Sporea, Lecturer in Semiconductor Devices at the University of Surrey and work package leader said, “I am delighted to be able to display the results of our collaboration in such a prestigious venue for printed electronics innovation. We have been gradually making improvements to the manufacturability of our third-generation paper augmented book demonstrator, through hardware integration. Now, with the help of project partner Novacentrix, we have dramatically increased the system’s reliability with the use of custom printed conductive traces with integrated touch sensors. Engineers in Austin and Guildford developed a refined solution in record time.”

Mr George Bairaktaris, a PhD student in Dr Sporea’s group and recent graduate from Surrey’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng programme, implemented the custom printed circuit board and sensor layout design.

The £1.17 million research project, headed by Professor David Frohlich from the Department of Music and Media, seeks to explore the future of paper and its connection to digital. It will use augmented technology and electronics to connect paper to the web. Read more about the project here.


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