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Paper Signals

December 2, 2017.

Paper Signals.

Paper Signals. © Google.

Paper Signals is an open-source Google project that allows you to build voice controlled folded paper objects; origami you can direct vocally. Using your voice, you can order these cute little guys to track the weather, bitcoin or rocket launches, for example. Experienced techies use the open source code to develop their own paper assistants. To get started, you’ll need a Paper Signals kit, which includes an Adafruit Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 board, all the required cables and a micro servo motor to animate the little fellows. Then, you’ll need a phone that’s compatible with Google Assistant, a printer and craft supplies to cut, paste and assemble. Google’s kit costs $24.95 USD. The documentation and patterns are available on the Paper Signals web site, and the code is accessible on GitHub.

The Verge, “Google’s cute voice experiment lets you track the world with paper.”