Day 191: Record decks made of paper

Kate Stone is full of contrasts. She loves both paper and technology. In a former life, she worked as a sheep hunter; now she is a physicist. In this TED talk, she prints DJ decks from paper.
Her group runs conducive ink through a conventional printing press, passes hundreds of electrons through it,and creates interactive paper instruments. One of the projects they did was to produce a poster, which, on touching it, enabled the user to assess what their ideal cake would be. They’ve worked on interactive newspapers and paper ‘drumming kits’ which send sound signals to iPhones.
And the decks? You’ll have to wait until the end, but we see the turntables and mixing board printed onto a giant square of cardboard, complete with music mixed by her fifteen year old niece Charlotte. In Stone’s words, ‘It’s not about technology, it’s about a great experience.’


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