Cartamundi co-founds smart playing cards consortium

Published on: 22nd May 2015

Cartamundi is part of a new consortium to bring flexible electronics from the lab to mainstream markets in printed materials, like cards, stickers and packaging.

cartamundi-wordpressImagine a King of Hearts playing card that can communicate. A card that tells you what it is, where it is, what it’s for and much more. Now imagine that all 52 cards in a deck can communicate in the same way. This is the concept and would involve NFC chips with writable memory in every card.

With these cards, players could use smartphones and PCs to add commentary or effects, play games against the cards themselves, keep score and record play automatically, receive tuition on better play, invent new games that integrate gameplay with apps and never lose a playing card.

The group behind this innovation is called the PING (Printed Intelligent NFC Game cards and packaging) Consortium. Its aim is to bring about the creation of smart and interactive printed objects.

Tom Kestens, conversation manager, Cartamundi, says: “NFC chips can allow every single card to be uniquely identifiable. It’s an incredibly exciting development — one that will open up amazing possibilities that we have only begun to consider. In fact the only limit to the applications this can enable is your imagination.”


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