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    The Dress that Changes Colour with Your Emotions


    Lauren Bowker is a designer with the Unseen, an art house working on new concepts in wearable technology.

    Her latest project is to design a textile which can interpret your brain waves into different colours via an electroencephalograph (EEG) headset.

    Original source BBC

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    Heat Sensitive Book Cover Gives Children's Adventure Novel the Magic Touch

    The thermochromic hand print can be seen on the book

    As well as enthralling young readers with its gripping story of adventure, travel and heroism, SeaBEAN is breaking new ground in the literary marketplace with its thermochromic cover which changes when touched

    London, UK - Education and literary experts constantly urge children to put down their video games and pick up a book, and this new children's adventure novel encourages just that with its interactive heat-sensitive cover that dramatically changes when touched.

    Sarah Holding is inviting the world to judge her book, SeaBEAN, by its cover. The mysteriously dark cover of the first book in the trilogy reveals a dramatic seascape image when touched or rubbed with a warm hand. As it cools however, the image disappears and the cover slowly reverts to its original darkness, evoking the interactive outer surface of the futuristic craft that features prominently in the novel.

    Although the cutting-edge technology of the cover is capturing the attention of critics around the world, young reviewers haven't let the excitement distract them from the quality of the story and can't wait forSeaWAR and SeaRISE, out early next year.

    Although the cutting-edge technology of the cover is capturing the attention of critics around the world, young reviewers haven't let the excitement distract them from the quality of the story and can't wait forSeaWAR and SeaRISE, out early next year.

    The launch of SeaBEAN (23 Sept) at Foyles in London was an exciting affair and included the first performance of the specially-commissioned 'St Kilda Suite' for flute and piano. To coincide with the launch, special point-of-sale units were available to retailers to encourage customer interaction with the cover.

    Endorsements from individuals and celebrities from all walks of life include:

    Think Secret Island meets Dr Who's Tardis and Greenpeace Junior. This non-stop adventure will excite imaginations and stimulate eco-debates to leave young readers asking when SeaBEAN 2 is coming. The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP - Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

    ... a different way of introducing children to environmental issues...the thermochromic covers are a great idea." Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE FRSL

    Sarah Holding has very cleverly woven contemporary issues and concerns affecting St Kilda, Scotland and the world into a great kids' adventure story." Susan Bain - Western Isles Manager, National Trust for Scotland

    I love the way that the SeaBEAN can do anything and allows them to travel around the world. I particularly like the talking parrot and the dog - Spix and Spex. The cover is cool when it heats up to show the sea, clouds and lightning. I can't wait for the next two books!" Ellen Barnette aged 10

    Throughout the trilogy, Sarah Holding has subtly introduced educational aspects - including global environmental issues, navigation using longitude and latitude, time zones and the impact that even the most remote of sanctuaries can have beyond their shores.

    • SeaBEAN is available now in both printed and eBook formats
    • SeaBEAN website:
    • SeaBEAN retails for £9.95 and is available from booksellers, Amazon and
    • SeaWAR (Book 2) and SeaRISE (Book 3) will be available in early 2014.
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    Linger A Little Longer


    Our inks were used to dramatic effect on designer, Jay Watson's contemporary table and bench designs.

    The 'Linger a Little Longer' range of furniture which is handmade from solid oak incorporates a black thermochromic finish. In response to heat the surface temporarily clears to reveal the timber beneath. A deceptively understated design with a dynamic twist. Making entertaining that bit more fun. The thermochromic finish of the table and benches responds to the heat of any crockery (or body parts) placed on it to leave an ephemeral 'watermark'.

    See how these inks were used by visiting Jay Watson design.

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    British Company, LCR Hallcrest the world's leading provider and manufacturer of thermochromic inks has supplied Ukrainian Glassware Decoration company, DanCo Décor Ltd, with their thermochromic slurry which has been used to great effect on bottles to launch a new range of vodka for Danco's client, the Award Winning Ukranian Vodka distiller, Khortytsa.The specialist technology covers glass bottles of Khortytsa's latest new addition to its range of vodkas - ICE.

    ICE's subtle concoction of cool flavours, mint, lime and menthol is further supported by the added addition of the chilled innovative thermochromic colour changing properties within the bottle design. The bottles vibrantly change colour from white matt to saturated blue when placed in the fridge or chiller informing the consumer that the vodka is at its optimum temperature for consumption. Ideal consumption temperature being between: 8C (46.4F) - 12C (53.6 F).

    Gilly Beaumont, Marketing Manager at LCR Hallcrest comments: "It cleverly educates and informs the consumer that chilled consumption adds to the ultimate taste experience. It's a beautifully designed bottle and DanCo Décor have won a much coveted packaging Award for the creative design".

    DanCo Décor Ltd won the best packaging design award for Khortytsa at this year's recent Ukranian Star of Packaging 2013 Awards. There were 84 competitors within the 'Packaging' category and one winner!

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    An interactive advertisement : LCR Hallcrest's thermochromic inks were successfully and creatively used as part of an Age UK advertisement for the charity's ongoing 'Spread the Warmth' winter campaign this year.

    The interactive advertisement appeared on the front cover of The Telegraph's Saturday Magazine asking its readers to: 'Touch the six blacked out areas to raise the temperature of our cover'

    Featuring the actress Lynda Bellingham, six areas on the front of the magazine were covered with LCR Hallcrest's black heat sensitive thermochromic inks which when touched by the reader revealed an image beneath connected to important information and advice within six key areas:

    • Helping Hands: Age UK's Handyperson services

    • Companions: Age UK befriending service

    • Just a Call Way: Age UK's free phone support service

    • Warmer Winter: Winter pack including liquid crystal thermometers

    • Liquid Assets: Funding for local projects to enable people to stay warm

    • Feel the Benefit: Benefit Advice

    With far too many older people struggling through the Winter months this interactive use of LCR Hallcrest's temperature sensitive inks helped create awareness of the advertisement which highlighted the problems which the elderly face each year and Age UK's charitable support, advice and tips and funding which is available not just at Winter but throughout the year.

    Age UK's Spread the Warmth campaign is helping vulnerable older people to keep warm, safe and well during the cold winter months.

    Every winter, more than 200 older people die every day from preventable causes. Help stop the cold weather causing more needless deaths.

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    PACE Forum - London 2012 (Packaging and Converting Executive Forum)


    Show a great success for LCR Hallcrest

    LCR Hallcrest exhibited at the PACE Forum in London February 2012. Covered over three days the show was a great success for the Company who showcased their latest developments using their specialist temperature sensitive ink technology within the arena of packaging and labeling.

    This was our first PACE Forum and it was a good opportunity to make contacts and discuss new packaging ideas.

    The one to one business meetings with international companies were an invaluable platform to launch and discuss our latest thermochromic inks and 'intelligent labels'.

    Our latest flexo and gravure inks for shrink sleeving bottles raise the opportunity for brand differentiation and increasing the user's product satisfaction, and were one of the latest developments within the industry discussed at the Forum. commented Stephen Barker.

    An excellent mix of companies and contacts were made.