A new kind of high tech ink could quite possibly make the already hyper-connected world even more interactive. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
How could our world possibly get even more high tech? Get ready to look at it: A world where even paper and cardboard can launch for you digital experiences. A company out of the UK called Novalia is among those helping to integrate uses for conductive ink into our lives. Ink that's printed on regular paper, using regular printing presses, only it conducts electricity so that with the right setup that drum poster can be played or a paper switchboard can trigger instruments on an iPad app.
"The idea is that we can make anything that's around us that's printed interactive. So it's either you can touch it, and it adds iPad-like touch to pieces of paper," explains Kate Stone of Novalia.
The next project though, due out later this year, is the one that really allows you to see where this is going: A book about an album being put together by musician Charlotte Brimner. The thing is the album's not done yet, but hit the icons (for lack of a better word) in the back and they launch experiences on your mobile phone via Bluetooth.
"It's about an album that's going to happen so you buy it and the album hasn't actually happened yet but it unfolds during the year. But you can interact with the book through your cell phone you start to see the songs being recorded, the songs being created," says Stone.
And developers say they expect this technology to expand even further so that at some point just about everything in the physical world will have some sort of link to the virtual world.
"I don't want to have to go to my phone to touch stuff. My phone's in my back pocket if I see a Facebook icon on a wall I want to touch it and I want it to happen," notes Stone. "If I see something in a book I want to touch that and it launches the music that's what the future's going to be, the technology's just going to disappear into everyday things and and they'll just become interactive."
Stone says she believes next up to get the conductive ink treatment are everyday newspapers and magazines.