I am fascinated with what the future holds for the label printing industry. I know in my life time it is going to look very different from the way it is now. The future of labeling is with electronic paper and PC Magazine featured a short article recently showing a prototype product with a very interesting application of this technology.
The Smart Pill Bottle will have an electronic paper label that will display information such as when the last dose was taken, when a refill will be needed, and warning messages. It will also communicate wirelessly with your pharmacist. No word on when this prototype will be ready for prime time, but I will be surprised if we don't see products like this appearing on shelves within the next two years.