Technology Evaluation for Paintable Computing and Paintable Displays RF Nixel Seedling
Final rept. Jan 2004-Sep 2005
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE
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A paintable computer uses thousands or millions of identical autonomous microsystems. The microsystems are fabricated using a high-volume batch process, mixed with paint and coated onto a surface. Self-assembling code allows the microsystems to act in concert to provide a useful function. MIT staff constructed and programmed a lab-scale prototype paintable display with 1000 semi-autonomous nodes. Also, MIT staff constructed a functional prototype demonstrating power distribution to randomly oriented millimeter scale semiconductor devices. MIT staff performed a series of basic engineering calculations to determine the feasibility of paintable systems with thousands of mm expn 3 microsystems, including how to power them, manufacture them, and provide communications between them. Based on these calculations, a paintable display, powered by a zinc-air battery for 8 hours, or externally powered by capacitive coupling, appears feasible in principle, with an estimated paint manufacturing cost of 0.40 I cm2 of 0.5 mm resolution color display paint.
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