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Disposable single use digital cameras could be reality sooner than you think - A team of scientists from the UK and US have succeeded in creating a conductive plastic that could soon lead to cheap printable electronics such as, single use digital cameras or electronic paper.

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Disposable single use digital cameras could be reality sooner than you think
Soon cameras like this one we reported in January could be being produced using electronic paper thanks to the advanced conductive plastic discovered by the efforts of a team of UK and US researchers.

The new material, is an organic polymer called semi-conducting polythiophene and can be laid down by simple printing methods as a fluid rather than the expensive and elaborate techniques used to process silicon. The material can be printed using traditional inkjet printers or techniques similar to those used to produce magazines and wallpaper. The material is also flexible which opens up a wealth of opportunities for its application.

Transistors have already been printed using the technique, and they are similar in performance to those used in the manufacture of flat panel display screens.

In the new polymer material, individual molecules align with each other more effectively than ever before. The result is an electronic performance six times better than previously reported. This, coupled with good stability in air, makes such polymers ideal candidates to replace more traditional materials such as silicon, providing cheap and easy routes to future products.

Iain McCulloch, a senior project manager from the team behind the discovery said, "Initial applications might be in simple, disposable electronic items, followed by small reflective displays for PDAs or e-paper"

The research team incorporated members from Merck Chemicals in Southampton, UK; Palo Alto Research Centre, California; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University; and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.

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doodle_m  9
21 Mar 2006 - 6:18 AM

Just what the world needs more disposable products taking up landfill space.

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Bucks  11238 forum posts
21 Mar 2006 - 7:15 AM

Why can't they go with a refund idea- Buy the camera, pay for the Camera and some form of memory for the photos, return the camera and get the photos on a CD or Flash drive (or something) and get a refund for the camera itself (or get the camera back with fresh memory for another go. No need for leads/chrger/user changeable memory etc, Jessop would do it for you...

Bowley  879 forum posts England
21 Mar 2006 - 8:14 AM

whats the point spending 8-10 when you can get a very basic digital camera for as low as 20 pound

daviewat  104103 forum posts Scotland
21 Mar 2006 - 8:38 AM

I`ve had a disposable digital camera allready !!!!!

Gave my c5060 to the wife and she disposed of it in the Sea Smile))


21 Mar 2006 - 8:44 AM


The fish are most likely taking pictures of Robins with it.


daviewat  104103 forum posts Scotland
21 Mar 2006 - 8:52 AM

he he no doubt Smile)))

vivo  9 Australia
22 Mar 2006 - 1:52 PM

nice one... heheh.

31 Mar 2006 - 7:03 AM

They said we got rid of film because it was bad for the environment, now comes the disposable digital camera, I wonder what excuse they will come up with.

The environment remains at risk, no doubt about it!

uzi9mm  378 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Jul 2011 - 11:52 AM

the whole digital camera thing is becoming a digital joke they seem to think we will spend thousands on over priced cameras which last as long as the next new one comes along.

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