PaperPixels is a toolkit for animating drawings on a regular paper in a subtle and ambient manner. This toolkit consists of two main components: (1) a modularized plug and play type modules (PaperPixels elements) that can be attached on the back of a regular paper; (2) a GUI (graphical user interface) that allows users to stage the animation in a time line format. A user would simply draw on a regular paper, attach PaperPixels elements behind the regions that need to be animated, and specify the sequence of animation by arranging icons on a simple GUI. The competitive advantage of this work is that, with its provisionally patented technology, PaperPixels creates a new application space where any regular paper could potentially become a display. PaperPixels can penetrate into many markets including the Electronic Hobby Kits market and Interior Design market.


  • Roshan Lalintha Peiris and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2014. PaperPixels: a toolkit to create paper-based displays. In Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design (OzCHI '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 498-504. [PDF]