“Printed Electronics” Are the Future You Never Dreamt About

Written by Jason Simpkins
Posted April 12, 2019

What do you think of when you think of electronics?

Bulky television sets? Laptops? Cords, wires, circuit boards?

That’s old-fashioned thinking.

Today's electronics are far more compact, streamlined, and flexible.

In fact, they can exist in plain view without you ever seeing them.

That’s because of a drastic new technological leap forward.

These are “printed electronics.”

Printed electronics, by their very nature, can be as thin as a sheet of paper. That’s because the electrically-functional electronic or optical inks are deposited on a thin surface.

That ink creates active or passive devices, such as thin film transistors, capacitors, coils, and resistors. And it does so at a shockingly low cost, which means they can be efficiently mass produced.

Some applications include flexible displays, animated posters, and perhaps most importantly, smart labels.

That last one is important because smart labels, or “smart chips,” aren’t just an industry of their own — they’re a revolution waiting to happen across multiple industries.

They will impact the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and even the clothing industry. They’ll also have a major impact on marketing, retail, and shipping, bringing big fish like Amazon into the mix.

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Let’s start with the food industry, for example.

The organic food industry is expected to soon reach $350 billion.

Well, what if you had tiny, incredibly cost-effective microchips that could tell whether or not each piece of produce was contaminated with bacteria, expired, or rotten? What if that chip could track that food’s temperature ensuring it was kept fresh while en route to the grocery store?

Similarly, the same kinds of “smart chips” could tell you if your prescription medicine is out of date, in poor condition, or worse, counterfeit.

Over 100,000 patients lose their lives to counterfeit drugs every year. And pharmaceutical companies lose as much as $200 billion.

That’s the kind of problem these “smart chips” address.

Here’s another…

The high-end clothing industry is one of the biggest in the world.

Gucci's brand, alone, is worth $12.9 billion. And Louis Vuitton is valued at $28.2 billion.

All told, the top 100 luxury goods manufacturers do $217 billion in sales each year. And that figure is growing at a CAGR of 3.9%.ea-smart-label-retail

But there’s a problem: Counterfeiting.

A stunning $1.8 TRILLION is lost because of counterfeit goods each year.

Well, smart chips can stop that, too.

They can track an item from factory to store, or track it down if it’s stolen. This will reduce shoplifting, which costs stores over $100 billion every year.

Better still, any consumer can authenticate the brand of a purse, piece of jewelry, or garment simply by scanning the label with a smartphone to verify its authenticity.

This allows customers to buy with confidence.

In short, this is the replacement for the standard barcode. We’ve moved past those. They’re going the way of those clunky old credit card machines.

Remember those?

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Every retailer used to have one. Now they don’t. Same thing with barcodes. You’re used to seeing them everywhere, but one day in the very near future you’re going to wake up and they’ll be gone.

Of course, that day hasn’t come yet, which is why this is such an amazing, and pressing, investment opportunity.

And our own Nick Hodge has tracked down the one company that’s behind this whole revolution. It holds all the patents on this technology. And it’s poised to do big things for investors.

You can find out more about that here.

Don’t wait another second, because this revolution certainly won’t.

Fight on,

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Jason Simpkins is Assistant Managing Editor of the Outsider Club and Investment Director of The Wealth Warrior, a financial advisory focused on security companies and defense contractors. For more on Jason, check out his editor's page. 

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