Paper Signals lets users animate small paper objects to track the weather or the price of Bitcoin

Google made noise at this week’s CES with a renewed focus on its voice assistant and voice-connected products, including the Google Home speaker. Far less high tech, but also far more cute, is a new open-source project the company recently launched as part of its Voice Experiments series called Paper Signals, which lets you build small, moving paper objects that are controlled with voice commands.

The objects are animated with an Adafruit board that can be purchased as part of a kit that includes all the necessary parts, including cables and a tiny motor to get the parts moving. Once activated by any Google Assistant-enabled device, the objects can be used to track any number of things via voice command. Google has six example signals, including templates that track the weather, the upward or downward movement in the price of Bitcoin, or even when NASA launches a rocket. The open source code is also available for those who want to get even more creative with the kit.

Google is currently selling the Paper Signals bundle for $24.95.

Paper Signals

Google made noise at this week’s CES with a renewed focus on its voice assistant and voice-connected products, including the Google Home speaker. Far less high tech, but also far more cute, is a new open-source project the company recently launched as part of its Voice Experiments series called Paper Signals, which lets you build small, moving paper objects that are controlled with voice commands.

The objects are animated with an Adafruit board that can be purchased as part of a kit that includes all the necessary parts, including cables and a tiny motor to get the parts moving. Once activated by any Google Assistant-enabled device, the objects can be used to track any number of things via voice command. Google has six example signals, including templates that track the weather, the upward or downward movement in the price of Bitcoin, or even when NASA launches a rocket. The open source code is also available for those who want to get even more creative with the kit.