Flexibility is the key to creativity and those pesky physical limitations of creating hardware can impede the production of truly unique devices. Ynvisible from Cartaxo, Portugal wants to help relieve creators from the pains of physical design limitations by introducing the Printoo; flexible low-power boards and modules that are Arduino compatible. These paper thin boards are sure to fit into any design you can come up with Ynvisible aims to provide a wide selection of boards to choose from. And the board designs are open source as well!
One of the challenges for many hardware developers is the aesthetic design for their devices. Meaning that as important as functionality is, so is finding a proper enclosure for the device. The enclosure is critical to the success of the device with more casual users and to the safety of the device against electrostatic discharge. However, designing a proper enclosure is difficult, especially for complex devices requiring a multitude of modules or mechanical components.
In comes the Printoo, offering paper-like flexibility to fit into almost any design you can muster. Use it to fit into a remote controlled car or another device with curves. Fit it onto ordinary objects, like soda cans that can display a celebratory message when your team scores. The Printoo can open up more possibilities beyond those involving the rigid traditional board.
There are over 15 different boards and components that can be preordered from Printoo’s Kickstarter ranging from $45 for the core module, a display driver, a coin battery holder, and 2 Ynvisible electrochromic displays to $525 for the whole collection. Here is a table showing the spread:
We are very excited to see not only the potential success of the Printoo, but the possibilities for unique devices to emerge from it. So get started on your designs and in the future we may want to cover you!