Interactive, talking newspapers go to press

AUTHOR: Inavate

A new swathe of interactive newspapers and talking posters are poised to hit the streets as Interactive Newsprint, a collective of three UK universities, enters its final phase of development. Academic partners from the University of Dundee, the University of Surrey and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are developing printed electronics that add capacitive touch capability to printed pages.

Interactive Newsprint has scooped funding from the UK’s Digital Economy Programme and is working with interactive print specialist, Novalia to develop prototype devices that access audio content and record interest in specific bulletins, advertisements and features.

Electronics developments mean that speakers, audio players and even colour changing fibres can already be integrated into paper-thin units paving the way for a revolution in the print industry.