This system will utilise a Transparent Printable Memory Demonstrator, which integrates leading-edge technologies such as a transparent display and touch sensor component and is being fabricated with an Australian electronic engineering firm.
Strategic Elements 100%-owned Australian Advanced Materials (AAM) is developing the Nanocube Printable Memory Ink with the University of NSW, CSIRO and VTT group in Finland.
Storing authentication data
The transparent Nanocube Memory Ink and custom application logic components of the new system are being developed by the team.
Nanocube Memory’s role is to store authentication data for use as part of the Transparent Security Access System.
The Demonstrator highlights the material benefits of the Nanocube Memory by authenticating users directly on a transparent glass surface instead of requiring silicon.
Unique differences of the Nanocube Memory Demonstrator:
- Is a fully printed storage technology for transparent surfaces;
- Physically deployed on glass and not hosted by a silicon storage technology; and
- Provides critical design freedom as storage can be printed anywhere on a glass surface and is not constrained by restrictions of silicon semiconductor chips.
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Initially, the display of the Demonstrator is transparent and sleeps until the user touches the screen to activate the display. After waking, the Demonstrator will challenge the user to enter authentication data.
The user enters a code directly on the display and the application authenticates the user with the Nanocube Memory stored on a glass transparent memory module behind the display.
Due to VTT scheduling and sourcing of the transparent display, the transparent demonstrator is due in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The initial version of the Demonstrator showcases the transparent nature of the Nanocube Memory and the ability to print functional memory onto glass.
Subsequent transparent demonstrator versions could perform different functions to Security Access and store a range of information or images directly on glass or a transparent display and be combined with sensors and other computer vision technologies.
AAM looks forward to promoting the capability of the Nanocube Memory Ink component to potential partners for integration into commercial transparent prototypes post completion of the Demonstrator.
Development of the Nanocube Memory Ink for plastic surfaces is being conducted concurrently.
Memory Ink technology
Nanocube Memory Ink is an advanced nanotechnology material to be coated onto non-silicon transparent or flexible surfaces, such as glass or plastic, to store and retrieve data.
When printed on a surface and assembled with electrodes, the liquid transparent ink containing billions of tiny nanometre scale cube-shaped particles operates as computer memory.
The technology was invented at the University of New South Wales and is being developed by a global team of leading printed electronics experts.
Memory is at the heart of transparent and flexible electronics and the development of a printed, transparent memory component could dramatically increase the ability for new applications to be developed globally.
Recent development also included work funded by the Australian Federal Government through the Research Connections Program.
AAM is also a member of PrintoCent, a consortium of large global companies and a select group of international start-ups with the objective to create new components, products and solutions based on printed electronics.
In PrintoCent, companies receive access to new business development and pilot manufacturing resources for the introduction of printed intelligence components, systems and products, from pilot production to early market trials.