Book as Human-Computer Interface

Stefan Fincken
September 10th 2012

In combining the classic feeling of handling a book with the interactivity of the computer, Waldek W?grzyn of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, has created a new human-computer interface. His Electrolibraryproject connects the custom made book to a PC. Providing additional information, relevant to the page being viewed, on-screen. Turn a page in the book, and you "turn a page" on the website as well.

Inspired by a.o. David Small's "Rethinking the book" (1999) and graphic designer El Lissitzky's "The topography of typography" (1923), the latter also inspiring the design of the book, W?grzyn has created a novel interface (pun intended) that he envisions could be used for an interactive children's book.

Complete with touch sensitive curcuits made by screen printing conductive paint onto the pages the book presents a new method for communicating information interactively.

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Stefan Fincken
Posted 16/06/2013 – 13:51

Yes ofcourse, the Diamond age by Neal Stephenson. I really love his work. Not only his cyberpunk stuff, but also Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle.

Pedro Brito
Posted 10/10/2012 – 01:04

perhaps you like to see this

Priscilla Haring
Posted 11/09/2012 – 12:42

YeeY More than perhaps also inspired by the Diamond Age - A book about a society-changing interactive book "In the Diamond Age the answer is a book; a book that does more than our books are capable of doing and placed by Confucius in the hands of Nell, our very human heroin." Read review here

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