Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite, and Processing Technology (IGCV) have developed a three-dimensionally (3D) printed smart finger ring that potentially could replace house keys, wallets, health insurance cards, and more.
The smart ring contains an integrated radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that enables it to make purchases, open smart doors, and store medical data, among other things.
Produced using the 3D printing process known as powder bed-based additive manufacturing, the ring is built layer by layer, stopping midstream to place the RFID chip into a cavity in the ring, then continuing.
IGCV's Maximilian Binder said, "Converting the hardware technology to allow electronic components to be integrated during the manufacturing process is unique."
From Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
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