CoDE on the Road: From Audiopaper to Next Generation Paper

CoDE’s David Frohlich, Professor of Interaction Design here at Surrey, was a keynote speaker at the recent WebMedia 2017, the 23th Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web.

Entitled ‘From Audiopaper to Next Generation Paper’, David’s talk reflected on the 26 years since the publication of Wellner’s (1991) Digital Desk, which demonstrated the augmentation of paper documents with additional information.

Since then there have been many related developments in computing, including the Web, e-book readers, maturation of the augmented reality paradigm, embedded and printed electronics, and the Internet of Things. These have changed the context for augmenting paper alongside e-books and the Web, and provided more mature technologies for doing so. He explains, ‘In this talk, I drew on some of my own design explorations of augmenting paper with sound over the years, to illustrate the value of audiopaper but also the way these explorations were rooted in the applications and technology of the day. I discussed two key technologies that have been important to the implementation of audiopaper over the years, and how the bigger opportunity is in connecting paper to the web. Ultimately, my vision is for two future generations of paper which communicate and interact with the digital devices around them.’

A two page summary of the talk is in the ACM proceedings of the conference here.

Supported by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), WebMedia has been, since 1995, the most important Brazilian forum for presentations, tutorials and discussions concerning recent advances in research and technology related to Multimedia, Hypermedia and the Web, bringing together professionals from both the academia and industry. The event’s current organization is under the responsibility of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Featuring technical sessions, keynotes, workshops, a technological fair and short courses, WebMedia is a forum for original research and new findings.

There will be a lot more from us to come about Next Generation Paper as this new project develops, so watch this space!

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About the Author : Kris Henley

Communications and Outreach for Surrey Business School’s Centre for the Digital Economy, a newly-founded research centre to explore the implications of the Digital Economy for business, government and society.