RFID on Paper

RFID tags printed on paper could be a game-changer for the technology.

Part of the reason that RFID had been slow to catch on was cost. Since its advent, costs have been reduced significantly, but some still aren’t willing to make the investment, despite the ROI that awaits. However, scientists have now discovered a way to print RFID chips on paper—which could be a game changer for the technology.

A team of scientists from the University of Montpellier used a thermal evaporation process, depositing thin aluminum coil antennas on sheets of paper. This method is far more affordable than any other method of producing RFID tags since aluminum is a lot more affordable than copper (more traditionally used in RFID tags).

Some speculate that the cost could be so low that RFID tags will replace both the barcode and QR codes.

Currently, the prototypes are functional, but they are undergoing optimization.

Having an affordable RFID solution that could be printed on paper would definitely increase its use, but do you think it would replace barcodes and QR codes? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.