Published: 01 October 2021

The Next Generation Paper Markets project finishes with a flourish

The Next Generation Paper Markets project finished with a flourish in September by finalising a project film, presenting the work at the British Science Festival and publishing a new method of page recognition called the Magic Bookmark.

This project has been extending the Next Generation Paper software and hardware platform, and testing market values in travel and educational publishing. 

George Bairaktaris, Radu Sporea and David Frohlich hosted a session called ‘A-book: Your next travel guide’ at Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford, on the 10th September as part of the British Science Festival 2021.  Members of the public listened to presentations on the hardware instrumentation of paper before asking questions and handling the materials themselves.

A new invention called the Magic Bookmark was featured in the presentation and subsequently published in the journal of Advanced Intelligent Systems. This is an electronic bookmark that can sense invisible codes on a page and relay them to a nearby phone. This is a more reliable and environmentally friendly solution that instrumenting each page of a book with electronics, and can be re-used across books. The publication has also been selected for highlighting in Advanced Science News. An open access article will be available in the forthcoming issue of Advanced Intelligent Systems