Integrating electronics into materials such as paper bring up interesting questions about what computing in the future will look like.
This tutorial shows you how to make your own paper with embedded LEDs. It's easy and fun!
• paper to tear up to form substrate
• window screen cut to approximately 4 x 6 inches (or desired size of paper)
• tub to put pulp/water in
• blender to create pulp
• conductive materials to create conductive paths within paper (22 gauge
non-insulated wire, conductive thread: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8549,
twisted tinfoil, etc [conductive thread works best])
• LEDs: http://www.ledshoppe.com/led5mm.htm
• 3v battery
Step 1: Prepare the Paper
First, tear or cut paper into small (1 inch approximate) squares. Then reduce paper to a pulp. This can be done either by combining with water and then boiling or allowing to sit in water for a few days.