book + link

Blink is a concept and technology for making tradionally printed paper books netwroked and linked to any digital content.

Such books have printed buttons (links) on its paper pages and communicate with nearby digital devices via a wireless module hidden in the book’s cover. By simply touching a link on the the book's page, a reader may access any kind of digital content, like a web page, a video or listen to music.

The book, thereby, becomes a printed interface to the digital world.

The secret behind Blink’s technology is the use of conductive ink for printing the links onto the page alongside normal content. This allows Blink-ed books to look and feel identical to regular books, making the technology invisible and providing for a non-intrusive and multi-sensory reading experience. It also allows for manufacturing based on traditional printing and bookbinding methods.

Blink is not a type of book rather than a technology, which allows for any kind of title or genre to be published. This may either be existing titles enriched with digital content or completely new titles written for such interactions.

Prototype : blueBook

Three hardcover prototypes titled "The making of blueBook: Completing the Connection between the Analogue and Digital Worlds", have been printed printed at the Royal College of Art in 2006.

blueBook's content is its own story, from research to production, and includes a number of pages with links demonstrating various applications, ranging from childerns' and music books to novels. blueBook is fitted with a Bluetooth module to communicate with computers and other digital devices.

State of the Art

Blink has been featured in major events and publications, most notably O'Reilly TOC and foocamp, being received as a breakthrough and disruptive technology. Among others, Blink has received a Dyson Award, an RCA award, an Imperial Business School Award and its inventor voted as one of top three innovators of 2007 by Information Today magazine readers.

In 2008, Blink received investment from Design London to commercialise the technology.

A prototype book with a wireless module on its back cover, which allows it to communicate with nearby devices and screens (computers, phones, TVs)

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