Prelonic Interactive Paper PIP Paper Piano Smartphone
Most already know that NFC is a type of wireless data transfer that enables smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other devices to share data when in close proximity. Austria-based Prelonic wanted to break away from the standard uses of this technology and implement it into paper, literally. The Prelonic Interactive Paper (PIP) is a cross between printed circuitry and NFC, allowing for such creations as a printed piano. Read more for a video and additional information.

To make the Paper Piano a reality, the company had to first print a keyboard template on a sheet of standard paper with a small NFC chip on the bottom before applying conductive carbon onto the back. A simple circuit layout was then printed on a separate sheet of paper. The keyboard template was then laid on top of the circuit layout to form the interface. Lastly, a smartphone running a special app sits right on the NFC ship to the left of the keyboard, which means a dedicated power source is not required to play music.

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Since the potential of this technology is so huge, the number of ideas is growing very fast – faster than the realization. Now it is on us, to select the most promising applications. To demonstrate some capabilities we developed a simple application: the paper piano. It is a mainly printed hybrid device, which allows you to play on an 8- Key – piano music via your mobile phone. It’s really only an example what’s possible in this technology world,” said Friedrich Eibensteiner, CEO of Prelonic.