Responsive Packaging

Responsive Packaging

Using printed electronics to solve end-of-life problems

Packaging is commonly discarded after use without thinking. The above concepts use printed electronics to solve end-of-life problems with glass jars and aerosols. The jar concept prolongs the product life by a printed label on the lid that indicates the product and date. Current information on jars is typically difficult to find and see, putting this data on the lid makes it more accessible. Consumers are alerted when the content expires, and after the user finishes the original content, the user can use NFC technology on their mobile to re-set the content and date information on the label giving the container a new life.

The aerosol concept solves the common problem of stocking essential daily products such as deodorants. The system is driven by a printed thermoelectric generator using the temperature drop that occurs by the spray ejection. Whenever the nozzle is pressed, a light rushes through the printed LED indicator and settles on a level that indicates how much product is left inside. The LED glows red indicating to the user when to re-buy the product.