Before the advent of computers, paper was the substrate of choice for storing, organizing and transmitting information. Its durability, coupled with the versatility of the printing press, became a pivotal force in the cultural, economic and scientific developments that permeate most of our life. However, in spite of claims that flexible and non-emissive displays will eventually render paper obsolete, these technologies usually overlook the material qualities and interaction affordances that are at the core of paper's versatility.
We have developed a series of techniques for building sensors, actuators and circuit boards that behave, look, and feel like paper. By embedding electro-active inks, conductive threads and smart materials directly into paper during the papermaking process, we have created seamless composites that are capable of supporting new and unexpected applications at affordable costs.
CHI 2009 Video Showcase – Best Video Golden Mouse Award
Pulp-Based Computing was developed in collaboration with Lyndl Hall and Joanna Berzowska.