DESIGN TEAM: Manabu Tago (MTDO), Masaaki Sugimoto (AgIC), K. Tsunada, MIMAKI
Taking its name from the chemical symbol for silver, AgIC (Silver Ink Circuits) has created the technology to print and draw electric circuits through silver conductive ink. These tools, whether the AgIC ink pen or the printer cartridge, allow unprecedented accessibility to electrical circuits for people of all ages and skill levels. Beyond access, AgIC infuses its inventive equipment with ample creativity, encouraging the intersection of art and technology through the creation of electric circuit art. With the guidance of technology advisors from the University of Tokyo, Microsoft Research Cambridge and Georgia Institute of Technology, AgIC began development of its innovative circuit technology in 2011. By 2014, AgIC launched as a startup in Tokyo, composed of designers, entrepreneurs, and electrical engineers. With the help of two successful kickstarter campaigns, the company released the Circuit Printer and Circuit Pen in the fall, followed by an Erasable Circuit Marker in January 2015. Partnering with #Beige, Cupworks, and Hana Lab, AgIC revealed the creative potential of AgIC ink at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2015 with beautiful modern abstract sculptures. This groundbreaking technology has garnered international mention, from the TechCrunch Tokyo Start-up Battle to the Editor’s Choice Award at Maker Faire Bay Area.