In mid October we posted about our Virtual Aquarium project for Forum Sintra, on the outskirts of Lisbon, where guests get to create their very own customized virtual pet fish and then standby and simply enjoy the view.
Ynvisible, YDreams’ first spin-out company, has successfully set up the first production site for the assembly of its interactive displays and their integration into final products, enabling the company to take on its first higher-volume commercial projects. This first production capacity is the result of a partnership between Ynvisible and Guide, a printing house with over four decades of experience specialized in graphic design and printing services for the publishing industry.
The partnership between the two companies brings together Ynvisible’s technological know-how and Guide’s experience in industrial printing. In addition to the installation and optimization of the production process, Guide will also be involved in the production efforts to deliver Ynvisible’s commercial projects.
After a successful series of tests, Ynvisible is currently producing batches of final products for its first commercial projects. First products will be delivered in the coming weeks to international clients. The installed capacity allows Ynvisible to produce up to tens of thousands of units of a final product per month, using in large part conventional printing processes.
According to Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, Ynvisible’s Chief Business Development Officer, “the set up of Ynvisible’s first production line is a major achievement that will allow the company to start delivering commercial projects and test different market applications. In addition, it is also a critical infrastructure for developing and testing future generations of Ynvisible’s technologies and products”.
Nuno Penedo, Guide’s CEO, added that “Ynvisible’s technology brings new life to traditional printed/graphic products. The combination of electronic elements and paper products provides new opportunities for an ancient substrate – paper – and offers an energy boost to the graphic arts and printing industries.”
The partners are looking to expand their forms of collaboration, as Ynvisible introduces its technologies and interactive solutions to further production locations and geographical markets.
Ynvisible's Interactive Badge for the Printed Electronics Tradeshow
The badges contain three interactive graphic layers, activated by the push of a button. Each layer, designed specifically for the event, conveys IDTechEx’s marketing messages. Technologically, the interactive badges are a hybrid solution, based on a combination of printed electronics ̶ Ynvisible’s electrochromics-based interactive graphics and Enfucell’s SoftBattery® ̶ and traditional electronics, namely the printed circuit boards, buttons and wiring. Designers from Ynvisible and IDTechEx jointly designed the interactive badges, with the final assembly of badges carried out by Ynvisible.
“The combination of established color printing and printed interactive graphics brings new levels of interaction and communication power to everyday items. Consumers who enjoy the interactivity of on-line content and services will now increasingly start to find such features also in printed products”, said Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, Chief Business Development Officer for Ynvisible.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 conference and tradeshow is the biggest event in the world on the topic. This year’s tradeshow will be the largest Printed Electronics exhibition to date, with 105 exhibiting companies already confirmed. The tradeshow is on from November 30th to December 1st, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre.
The exhibition Viagens Italianas (Italian Voyages), sponsored by UNESCO, recently inaugurated at the Brazilian National Archive in Rio de Janeiro, and YDreams Brasil was responsible for conceiving and implementing interactive solutions for the exhibit that include a Magic Book, an interactive walkway, multimedia projections and directional sound columns geared at presenting contents and helping visitors explore the intricate and complex relationship between Brazil and Italy, largely due to the huge influx of Italian immigration to Brazil between 1887 and 1930, as well as Brazil’s strong Italo-Brazilian heritage.
The exhibition, which opened November 3rd, 2011 will run through till February 10th, 2012 at Rio’s National Archive.