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GRAPHENE: THE PROJECT OF KOALA, THE DIGITAL BOOKMARK THAT BOOSTS YOUR MEMORY
One of the winning projects at the Create Contest 24 – a creativity competition within the framework of the Turin Digital Festival – it stores the last page read and offers a summary “of previous issues”.

An extremely thin, flexible, and strong digital bookmark made of graphene, capable to store the last read page and offer, on a practical monitor, a “summary of previous issues” before reading is resumed.

This and much more is what is offered by Koala, the innovative device (still at the design stage) that won the Create Contest 24 for the Young category. Create Contest 24 is a competition organized within the framework of the Turin Digital Festival, where creative teams from all over Italy challenge each other non-stop for 24 hours at digital arts.

The bookmark of the future was conceived by four students (aged 21 to 25) attending the Graphics and Communication course of the private University IAAD – Istituto d'Arte Applicata e Design.

Their names are Dario Catto, Paolo Data, Geraldo De Oliveira, and Alessandro Promio. They started from a very simple observation: due to working commitments and to daily frenzy, we can often hardly read a whole book and sometimes keep reading time and again the same chapter or, worse, have to start over again. Hence the idea to figure out a new system to address this problem, using technology and innovation to provide a richer reading experience.

“We designed a bookmark whose appearance is similar to a traditional paper one, however equipped with a touch screen and capable to log on to a special web platform. For its construction we considered graphene, which offers perfect properties: it is as thin and flexible as paper, yet extremely strong. Also importantly, Europe intends to invest significantly on graphene-based projects. According to our idea, the device will be switched on by means of a light detection system once the book is re-opened, and can read the page number of books printed with digital filigree or magnetic ink. When reading classic paper books, users can enter the page number directly via the monitor to allow Koala to recognize the exact point and provide a summary of the previous pages. Moreover, it can provide details on characters and more general information,” says Paolo Data.

Browsing the screen, as you do on an ordinary smartphone, readers can view the “recommended” section and access their personal “literary” social profile (with comments, playlists, list of the books they are reading, last page read, etc.) and other user profiles, as well as share advice and opinions.
While implementation could take a very long time, winning the contest provides the opportunity to develop the project into a start-up.

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Sara Occhipinti
Published on Wednesday 22, 2013

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