Interactive print is any technology that connects print to the digital world or allows a human to interface with it.
No longer is print just for reading. It has become a sophisticated communication transfer medium. How so?
- Image recognition technology via smart phone (and smart tablet) cameras connects print to the digital world.
- Electronic circuits printed on a traditional printing press (screen, flexography, offset and gravure) not only connect us to the digital world but also allows for human interaction with the substrate itself.
Here are a few interactive print solutions we are aware of. They have different capabilities and permutations and some overlap each other. We have taken the liberty of inventing new-to-the-world terms in an attempt to clarify the classifications.
Print-to-web – here a camera scans an image and image recognition software connects the device to the digital world. Three categories of print-to-web are:
- mobile bar codes or 2D codes.
- scannable stand-alone printed images (as opposed to QR codes™ and tags .)
- print-to-device touch systems.
QR codes™ and Microsoft tags are examples of mobile bar codes. Scannable stand-alone solutions are Blippar, Digimarc and Documobi. Touchcode is a print-to-device application. An electronic circuit is actually printed on the substrate and is activated when the printed piece touches the screen.
Print-to-us – is a “human touch” application. Novalia, a solution from the U.K., enables electronic devices such as sensors, lights, speakers, printed batteries and various communication devices to be activated when the printed piece is touched.
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