Paper-based web connected objects and the Internet of Things through EKKO

John Mills, Paul Egglestone, Mark Lochrie, Martin Skelly

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Paper has existed as a communications 'platform' for thousands of years. It's 'versioning history' spans papyrus, parchment and pulp, and when paper became a scalable and mass-production item, most famously via the Guttenberg press, it sparked unparalleled social and political change. It's a technology that's had 'impact'. More recently, News and Information - a sector with paper at its core - has seen substantial editorial and commercial disruption from digital communications networks. This paper outlines a collaborative project between journalism, media and technology researchers, and commercial product designers, exploring the potential of paper-based web-connected objects. Our work examines how emergent conductive ink technologies could offer a disruptive alternative to existing media products, and explores how to create, power and populate a connected paper platform, and analyse user activity. Through a range of industry partnerships with newspaper, magazine and book publishers, our research creates new paper affordances and interactions, and positions paper as a digital disruptor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish HCI 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference 2015
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336437
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
EventBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


ConferenceBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLincoln, Lincolnshire


  • Conductives
  • Internet of Things
  • Media
  • Paper. Interactive
  • Printed Electronics

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