interactive-paperIf University of Washington researchers have their way, the paperless society will never see the light of day.

Working with Disney, they have come up with a way to connect pieces of paper to the Internet, opening up a dizzying array of possibilities, from interactive polls in school rooms to origami that can come to life.

The secret is seemingly simple: a 10¢ RFID transmitter on each piece of paper that is connected to a device in the room that translates movements into commands, such as a wave of a piece of paper to turn the volume up on your music player.

Given that paper is pretty ubiquitous in this world of ours, the concept could change the way paper is used, even in a world where everything these days is digitized and sent to the cloud. So don’t write off paper, just yet.

Read more in The Seattle Times.