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Paper Trails Are Getting Bigger



Sit back and think of all the times you pulled out a piece of paper to write something down. Hundreds? Thousands? To many to count? All those times you worked through high school math problems or when you needed to print your research paper in college. We all have a close connection in some way to that white 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper.

But in all that time using those sheets of paper. Most people never thought that something so simple and complex when you need it to be could become better or even more adaptable.

Maybe It Can

Advanced research from 3 labs, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research which is one of the leading research labs in the country. Have come up with a way to update sheets of paper into tools that could revolutionize different types industries.

PaperID is something of true genius. Using common paper and a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag you can do some amazing things.


Wave your hand  or swipe

Touch it with your finger  or cover it

Free air tag motion

Use of a slider  or knob

All of these movements can be programmed into a  RFID tag that is placed on a sheet of paper. Then with a bit of programming magic you can do wonders with this technology.

This technique can be used on other mediums besides paper to enable gesture-based sensing capabilities. The researchers chose to demonstrate on paper in part because it’s ubiquitous, flexible and recyclable, fitting the intended goal of creating simple, cost-effective interfaces that can be made quickly on demand for small tasks. "Michelle Ma - Link

A Technique For Drawing Functional Battery Free Wireless Interfaces on Paper [PDF]

Disney Research Pittsburg Article Link

Washington University  Article Link