Latest in Frixion

Image credit:

University of Tokyo turns real paper and ink into a display, could share doodles from a distance (video)

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 30, 2012
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Forget e-paper: if the University of Tokyo's Naemura Lab has its way, we'll interact with the real thing. The division's new research has budding artists draw on photochromic paper with Frixion's heat-sensitive ink, turning the results into something a computer can manipulate. A laser 'erases' the ink to fix mistakes or add effects, and an ultraviolet projector overhead can copy any handiwork, fill in the gaps or print a new creation. The prototype is neither high resolution nor quick -- you won't be living out fantasies of a real-world A-Ha music video -- but the laser's accuracy (down to 0.0001 inches) has already led researchers to dream of paper-based, Google Docs-style collaboration where edits in one place affect a tangible document somewhere else. It's hard to see truly widespread adoption in an era where we're often trying to save trees instead of print to them, but there's an undeniable appeal to having a hard copy that isn't fixed in time.



All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Windows XP source code leak sheds light on Microsoft's OS history

Windows XP source code leak sheds light on Microsoft's OS history

View
SpaceX scales back plans for Starship's first high-altitude flight

SpaceX scales back plans for Starship's first high-altitude flight

View
Dark mode is coming to WhatsApp for Android

Dark mode is coming to WhatsApp for Android

View
The best wireless workout headphones

The best wireless workout headphones

View
How 'Microsoft Flight Simulator' became a 'living game' with Azure AI

How 'Microsoft Flight Simulator' became a 'living game' with Azure AI

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr