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Sunday, May 22 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Conductive Ink and Instruments

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Kate Stone believes the future will look more like the past than the present – that old fashioned user interfaces, such as paper and ink, can become a new portal to our digital world. Her presentations shows how she added paper thin DJ decks into QBert’s album cover, how the cover of a paper notebook can become a MIDI keyboard, and how she created a fifty foot wall of music in a street at SXSW for passers by to jam on. Using printed conductive inks and low cost electronics, many of the beautiful things we have been told are dead – print media, physical music, books – can be brought back to life by giving them a digital soul. This is achieved not with new technology, but by combining old technologies with a software update.

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Kate Stone

Kate Stone is passionate about print and adding interactivity to everyday things. As a child, she pulled her toys apart to see how they worked. She took a degree in Electronics, and a PhD in Physics at Cambridge University. She founded Novalia to explore the space where traditional print and conventional electronics converge and have been living in that world ever since. The deeper she explores the space, the more people join her team and... Read More →

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