University of Washington and Disney Research teamed up to transform the way we use paper

While technology threatens to make the average piece of paper obsolete, some creative minds might actually find a way to bridge traditional and digital tools. The University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research recently teamed up to collaborate on a project made up of sensor tags called PaperID.

The technology uses “off-the-shelf RFID tags” that interpret commands from “a person’s hand waves, touches, swipes” or any covering.

This could be applied for a variety of uses; in one example, “wiping a hand over a tag placed on a pop-up book” results in the book receiving a command to “play a specific, programmed sound.”

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