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Talking digital paper - scratch 'n' speak

Enid Blyton's stories of the magical, whispering Faraway Tree are not so far from the truth, it would seem, for researchers at Mid Sweden University have developed a protoype paper display that can actually speak to its onlookers.

This interactive display is effectively one sheet of paper embedded with electronics, and emits sound in response to touch. Touch a picture of a beach, hear a description of that beach; touch a picture of London, hear the chimes of Big Ben; touch a cigarette packet, get a verbal health lecture; lick a snozcumber, taste a snozcumber (okay, that last bit isn't strictly true. And licking your gadgets is never a good idea).

The paper is currently expensive to produce, and the team are looking at ways of reducing costs. But in the future, expect to see the technology packing its bags in The Enchanted Wood and setting up camp in all kinds of digital packaging and marketing demonstrations.

Talking paper

Talking paper

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