Next generation paper markets

A Covid-extension project to understand the market for next generation paper technology with business partners.

We have developed an authoring and playback system for augmented books, using both augmented reality and 'internet of things' technologies. This was tested on professional and self-made content in the travel domain, through the creation of augmented travel guides and photobooks. Business engagement with the travel and tourism industry was affected by the global pandemic towards the end of the project in 2020.

This project aims to redress this by working closely with three companies to test our approach in their market: Bradt Travel Guides, Futurum Magazine and Thingtale. To do this, we will create a cross-platform version of the NGP Player app for Apple IOS as well as Android, author two new augmented books (for Futurum and Thingtale) and collect feedback from Bradt Travel Guides and Futurum customers (unfortunately the start-up Thingtale ceased trading during the project).

We will also progress and publish technical work on a ‘magic bookmark’ for page recognition, complete a project film and present the next generation paper (NGP) approach at the British Science Festival in Chelmsford on 10 September 2021.


The project is funded by grant number UKRI CoA RN045X at a cost of £203,583. This is a UKRI Covid-19 Extension fund linked to next generation paper. The project runs for eight months from 1 January to 31 August 2021.


Cross-platform NGP Player for:


Humpty Dumpty - with Thingtale

Volcanoes leaflet - with Futurum. 

Memoryscapes brochure, Memoryscapes cards - with Sarah Campbell

Film and publications

Project film - short version (3 mins)

Project film - long version (11 mins)

Bairaktaris, G., Le Borgne, B., Turkani, V., Corrigan-Kavanagh, E., Frohlich, D. M., & Sporea, R. A. (2022). Augmented Books: Hybrid Electronics Bring Paper to Life. IEEE Pervasive Computing, (01), 1-8.

Bairaktaris, G., Siderov, H., Celebiler, D., Kolii, C., Frohlich, D. M., & Sporea, R. A. (2021). Magic Bookmark: A Nonintrusive Electronic System for Functionalizing Physical Books. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2100138.

Bairaktaris G., Frohlich D.M. & Sporea R.A (2021) Printed Light Tags and the Magic Bookmark: Using light to augment paper objects. In press for CHI 2021 Conference Proceedings, New York: ACM Press.

Bairaktaris, G., Frohlich, D. M., & Sporea, R. A. (2021, June). Flexible optical bookmark for open-page recognition in augmented paper. In 2021 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS) (pp. 1-4). IEEE.

    The team

    University of Surrey members

    David Frohlich profile image

    Professor David Frohlich

    Principal Investigator

    Radu Sporea profile image

    Dr Radu Sporea


    Gina Katsiani

    Research Assistant

    Elisa Mameli

    Research Assistant

    External members

    George Revill

    Co-Investigator (The Open University)