New plastic NFC tags could enable interactive, online card games.
David Savastano, Editor02.15.17
Playing cards have long been an enjoyable way for friends to play together. However, technology is changing, and the children of today are used to interacting with their things. For Cartamundi, the world’s largest manufacturer of game cards, this is a challenge that needs to be met.
Cartamundi has been collaborating with imec and Holst Centre, two leading research institutions, to develop means to add interactivity to playing cards. This partnership is paying off, as the three organizations showed their latest advance during the recent International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).
The result is a plastic tag consisting of indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) thin film transistors. The tag is NFC enabled, allowing it to connect to smartphones and tablets. As a result, players can enjoy their games online. The IGZO TFT tags can be produced t
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