At Devices and Networking Summit, Microsoft Research discussed about lots of new projects they are working on. One of them is Circuit stickers which let you build electronic prototypes by sticking components like LEDs, sensors and logic onto a substrate which wires them together. They use paper and conductive silver nanoparticle ink to make this wiring layer – it’s cheap and easy to create using a felt pen or a domestic inkjet printer. The technology has potential for design exploration, research prototyping, education and for hobbyist projects. Steve Hodges, Microsoft Research, and Yoshihiro Kawahara, University of Tokyo are talking about this project in the above video.
This work started as a collaboration between researchers at the University of Tokyo, MIT and Microsoft Research. It is an exciting area and the techniques we developed have been adopted, extended and complemented by many others – if you would like to explore how it might apply to your research please follow the links below.