The digital book hybrid, which is the result of the bitBook project, is a conceptual product that combines the physical book with the e-book. Its created by a Greek start-up company that specializes in industrial design and engineering.
One of the main advantages of bitBook is that it provides the same feel and appearance as a real book. In addition, it eliminates the plastic components and cables that are commonly used to make electronic books look and act like real ones.
The reader is going to see links printed on the web pages using conductive ink. These are then connected to other devices in the vicinity, such as a display. This setup is also beneficial for the future of paper books, as it will allow them to be part of the Internet of Things. It will make them more accessible and useful, allowing people to consume them in their homes and offices.
There is also a possibility of making the bitBook more autonomous by making it capable of doing entirely on its own. For instance, it could be used to control itself without the need for an external monitor or speaker. For that, the device should have a built-in memory chip that can store all the digital data available. It should also have a built-in speaker that can also play audio.
Hybrid bitBooks are versatile and can be used as music books, educational books, and children’s educational toys. They can also serve as great learning tools for individuals with special needs.
bitBook was developed through a competition organized by the INNPAPER project. For this project, the participants were called to develop new ideas and technologies related to printing. This project involves working on cellulose nanofibers, which are used in the making of paper. Through the development of these components, paper can be made with electronic components such as batteries and antennas.
Although the concept of the bitBook has garnered interest from various industries, it can also be utilized in other sectors such as healthcare, security, and food. Some of these include smart labels and bedside diagnostic tests.
Since paper and ink are more eco-friendly than plastic or electronic components, many companies have started using these materials instead of traditional ones. This environmental issue is a conscious decision to promote the use of renewable materials.
Although hybrid books are already getting hyped, it’s still not clear when they will reach consumers. Or if they will be able to mass-produce in the first place.
What is INNPAPER?
INNPAPER is developing a new generation of electronic technology based on paper. This material is more sustainable and can be used for various applications. Through the process, the cellulose nanofibers are modified to create customized papers and inks that are used to make electronic components such as batteries.
This flexible electronic board features a variety of printed items, such as a battery, display, and NFC system. It is ideal for various industrial applications. INNPAPER is a smart label that can be used for various industries. Its potential applications include drug and caffeine detectors, smart labels for the food and security industries, and bed-side diagnostics.
Why use paper & inks as an option for conventional electronics?
E-waste is a term used for discarded electrical and electronic devices. It has negative effects on the environment and human health. Over 50% of the world’s e-waste is generated by developing nations. Alternative electronic systems are often referred to as e-waste reduction. They are designed to reduce the amount of electronic waste and require less material to manufacture.
Due to its recyclability, the paper has been considered an ecological alternative. Its high recyclability allows it to perform various tasks such as converting electricity and protecting water. Through a study of the life cycle of the devices and materials used in INNPAPER’s project, the partners of Apex Solutions Ltd will analyze the environmental impacts of the project.
Type of bitBook:
- Audio bitBook: Sound bitbooks are used to enhance a book’s content by adding sound effects or music. They can also be used to interact with sounds by allowing readers to feel like they’re interacting with music. Sound bitbooks are devices that record and playback digital sounds. They can be used with headphones or speakers on the back.
- Colour bitBook: Apex Solutions Ltd is also exploring the possibility of creating bitBooks, that can change their pages content. This will allow users to get visual output from them.
What is the Rationale behind bitBook:
bitBook is a device that uses paper and ink to replace plastic components in its electronic components. This eliminates the need for harmful chemicals in the manufacturing process. In contrast, the Production of Printed Electronics involves the use of various materials and processes. While conventional processes are used in the production of printed electronics, they are also used in the development of bitBook.