3D Printing Wireless Connected Objects

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  • Author: Vikram Iyer, Justin Chan, Shyamnath Gollakota

This paper asks the following question: can objects made of plastic materials be connected to smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices, without the need for batteries or electronics? A positive answer would enable a rich ecosystem of “talking objects” 3D printed with commodity plastic filaments that have the ability to sense and interact with their surroundings.