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Living Ink Introduces Time-lapse Bio-ink

Published on 2015-12-18. Author : SpecialChem

DENVER, CO. -- Living Ink Technologies is releasing the world’s first time-lapse ink on Kickstarter. On a mission to use sustainable algae technology to replace regular ink, something unexpected happened—the ink changed from one day to the next. As scientists, they began analyzing the “problem.” It didn’t take long for them to realize that this “Living Ink” was actually pretty cool.

Time lapse Bio ink
Fig. 1: Living Ink Introduces Time-lapse Bio-ink

Living Ink is a patent-pending time-lapse ink that grows when exposed to light. For Kickstarter, it has developed Living Ink in a way that allows to write, sketch or paint over time.

Imagine receiving a greeting card in the mail that says, “Happy Birthday” and the next day a cake appears, and on the following day, candles appear on the cake and it says, “From, Scott”. Scott did just this for his Grandma Elle in 2013. Since then, it has raised over $100,000 of funding through business pitch competitions including The United States Department of Energy, SXSW, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the Blue Ocean Enterprise Challenge.

About Living Ink

Living Ink was formed by PhD students in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Colorado State University, and have done both basic and applied algae research. In August of 2013, they decided to combine their algae knowledge with unique, fun and educational products. First up, growing greeting cards.

In July 2013, Scott went to a grocery store to buy a greeting card for his grandmother, but couldn't find a unique card. He left the grocery store and drove around Fort Collins in search of a meaningful, unique card, but couldn't find anything. In the end, he paid $12 for a greeting card that was subpar. This inspired their idea of using living algae cells as an ink to grow message.

Living Ink


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