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Electrolibrary by Waldek Węgrzyn – Paper book as interface

electrolibrary_6 copy

Created by Waldek Węgrzyn at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, “Electrolibrary” is a project that connects a custom made paper book to the computer, so it can be used as an an interface. The book can be browsed as any other regular book but when connected to the computer via USB, by turning pages, you can navigate through the website, getting additional information, quotations, movies and animations appropriate to the currently open page.

The content of the book is Waldek’s diploma thesis discussing phenomenon of a book as an inteface. The text contains number of references to different works, but the major inspiration is the manifesto “The topography of typography” published in 1923 by a graphic designer El Lissitzky which has also influenced the design of the book.

Waldek used teensy development board hidden in the cover and a set of circuits made of conductive paint printed with silk-screen method. This allowed him to detect which page is currently open, and also to add touch-sensitive elements to the illustrations. The book emulates a keyboard and communicates with javascript code on the website – no additional software required.

For now it is only a prototype intended for the presentation (3 existing copies), but he imagines that it could be used as a kind of children’s book, interactive catalogue or anything that makes fun of connecting traditional paper to the computer. The book currently connects via USB cable, but it is also possible to make such a book with Bluetooth or WiFi interface.

The website was created with HTML, CSS, PHP and jQuery (mostly in Adobe Dreamweaver).

Project Page | Waldek Węgrzyn

  • totally had this idea in my brain. so awesome to see it realised.

    i think this would be a great way to teach programming, in a book context.

    really excellent work. congrats

  • article4

    Check A paper book that is a webserver. Can read it on your phone, laptop etc.

  • Denny

    This is really great!

  • Zenek

    I’m impressed. Well done!

  • Karla

    Hello! I’m a graphic design student in Spain and I saw your incredible invention on TV and I would like to know more about your work because I will make one work for my final grade and I would like so much to include a bit about your innovative idea. Thanks for everything!

    My email is: