Electroluminescent Paper as an Active Material
Luke Franzke and Karmen Franinovic
Abstract. Materials play a vital role in tangible interaction design. However, the materials are often used passively, as elements to be actuated by ready-made electronic components rather than inherently active parts of an interactive system in their own right. In this paper, we challenge that approach through a series of material experiments involving electroluminescent paper. The results are different types of self-illuminating paper which exhibit peculiar responsive behaviours while maintaining the affordances and ephemeral qualities of conventional paper. We demonstrate a number of techniques for expressive design through hand painting, folding and using water as an activator and distributor of light. We show how direct engagement with inherent active qualities of materials leads to novel creation processes and design ideas.
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