Pulp-based Computing

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I found some interesting research about pulp-based computing (basically embedding electronics, electro-active inks, conductive threads and other smart materials directly into paper pulp.) Once the pulp dries, you are left with “sensors, actuators and circuit boards that behave, look, and feel like paper.” (Coelho 2009)

Here is a video showing the process: Pulp-Based Computing (XS Labs)

This video documents research into applications of pulp-based computing conducted in 2009 by Marcelo Coelho, Lyndl Hall, Joanna Berzowska, and Pattie Maes, as part of the Fluid Interfaces Group of the MIT Media Lab. Here is an accompanying publication from the project: Marcelo Coelho publication






One thought on “Pulp-based Computing

  1. I really love the idea of intentionally embedding electronics into the paper as part of the paper-making process. It will be interesting to see how you are able to utilize this concept in your work!


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