Shifteast posted a great roundup of the Design Ah! Exhibit in Tokyo. Lot’s of incredibly cool things going on there, but most impressive was the forward looking animated packaging concept:
I think we’re much closer to something like this being a reality than it might appear. There are only a few things holding it back, namely biodegradable, flexible LCD components. Printable circuits already exist, so creating a basic CPU built into the packaging along with a tiny biodegradable capacitor to hold a charge long enough to power the animation seems like a small leap. The design and packaging opportunities boggle the mind. I’d love to be able to paint my wall with LCD’s and watch it come to life with animations.