During the Arduino Uno meetup at ITP, NYU, I had the chance to be introduced to Paola’s and Cecilia’s ideas on the use of paper and electronics in the creation of new interfaces. That time they made a workshop (Magicbits) where they used Arduino as part of the creative process to create lamps, sound toys, etc. Now they have refined their process a little more and are looking for the cheapest alternatives possible in order to quickly create interactive devices using just paper as the physical interface. Their study translated into a series of workshops (Future Cities), their respective MA. thesis at Parsons, NY, and the creation of paperlab.org.
Interaction Designers of the world: this adds yet another layer of beauty to the physical aspects of our prototypes, we should all take a look at their work, copy it, and iterate in order to make our user centered design processes even better. Do you want a good place for finding nicely crafted examples in the use of paper and electronics? Check this out.