Computer electronics making playing cards cool again

Razor-thin computer components in playing cards create endless interactive possibilities.

Imec, Belgium-based Cartamundi and Dutch research institute TNO developed a chip so thin and flexible that it can be put in playing cards. These characteristics originate from a technology already used by imec: the chips are no longer made of silicium on a classic circuit board, but are made of metal oxide and put on a thin plastic film.

The chip they developed contains NFC technology which allows it to interact with mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. On top of that, the chip only costs about a quarter of the existing kind of NFC chip. For years, Cartamundi has been investing in the combination of playing cards that interact with mobile devices. With imec, they have found the perfect partner.