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Brief Published: 5 Feb 2018

Papier Machine: Electronic Booklet

Papier Machine

Two French designers have created Papier Machine – a booklet of interactive electronic paper toys designed to help people understand the mysteries of electronics by revealing circuits and letting people play with them.

Papier Machine is printed with silver ink, which conducts electricity. These electric circuits can then be easily manipulated by drawing on the pages in pencil, as graphite is also conductive. Vol.0 – the first of a collection the designers intend to publish – is themed around sound.

People will be able to create paper electronic instruments or sound games using just the contents of the booklet. Six activities are included: Resistance, Gyroscope, Playing Track, Wind Sensor, Writing Track and Tilt Switch. These are brought to life by using the accompanying button cells, metallic marbles, piezoelectric sensors and sound components.

The project has received multiple awards, including the Red Dot Design Award and Audi Talent Award. Its Kickstarter campaign was launched in January 2018, with the first booklets expected to ship in July 2018. Prices start at €45 ($56).

For more on educational tech toys, see Gen Alpha: Childhood Rebooted and Kids & Family Tech Trends.