It’s clear to us now that scientists can pretty much do anything. Send a man to the moon, possibly cure AIDS, and apparently now, they can make paper talk. That’s right. That blank piece of copy sheet paper can soon go postal in your office and say, "Yes! There is a damn paper jam!"
Mid Sweden University researchers have conjured an interactive paper billboard that can emit a sound or voice that is touch-responsive. The researchers suggest that the digital paper can be used for advertising and possibly for product packaging. Can you imagine the horror of a supermarket isle when they do decide to implement it in product packaging?
The billboard ticks through a layer of digital paper embedded with electronics. Pressure sensitive inks send an electronic signal through a micro-computer that streams out the sound to printed speakers. According to the researchers, the displays are currently too expensive to produce but they are finding ways to reduce the cost.
Fascinating breakthrough, but even more fascinating is to see a bunch of people feeling up on billboards. Now, that’s the power of technology.
BBC News: Talking paper made by scientists