Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Paper Computing

Jaehwan Kiim at Inha University has developed a technology that makes a sheet of paper literally change its shape.
We have come across that cellulose based paper can produce a bending displacement in the presence of electric field. This smart cellulose is termed Electro-Active Paper (EAPap). It can produce a large bending displacement with low actuation voltage and low power consumption.

In addition, researchers at MIT Media Lab has presented pulp-based computing. They embedded various electro-active materials into paper through papermaking process. They implemented bending sensors and kinetic (active) paper with the developed technology.

Combining the two with paper-like displays such as e-paper and OLED display, possible applications might be:

Napkin PC

Bendable computers

Paper Computers

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