TECH: New Origami Trick - Turn Paper Into a Functional Phone

From: Jef Allbright (
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 14:03:29 MST

>From the LA Times, another step toward ubiquitous disposable computing

- Jef

Imagine a cheap, light computer made largely of paper. Imagine complicated
electronic circuits woven into fabric that could easily monitor a hospital
patient's condition. Imagine a profound change in the design of electronic
gizmos, which might soon be freed from the tyranny of the circuit board and
the silicon chip.
     That's a lot to ask from one little invention. But a new cellular
phone, which could be available to consumers before the end of the year,
holds such promise.
     I recently held a working prototype of the new phone--about the size of
a credit card--and listened to the ringing at the other end, marveling at
the quality of the audio transmitted through the combination earpiece and
microphone. And when my call was done, I unwrapped one of the phones like a
roll of toilet tissue to examine its unusual innards.

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