Flippress is a German startup that is currently in the process of creating a website that will allow everyone to create their own customized paper keyboards which can be used as any normal keyboard on the market with the difference that it is completely made out of paper.
To provide you with additional details on how this works: The paper keyboard consists of three layers of paper. Conducting paths are printed on the top and bottom paper while the middle paper separates the other two layers.
The middle paper has holes that connect the two other papers when a key is pressed which basically has the effect that a signal is transmitted to the computer the keyboard is connected to.
Customers can create their custom paper keyboards or pick one of the existing layouts instead for printing. Both options will be available on the Flipress website once the product is released by the company.
The paper keyboards use the Open Source software Autohotkey to define and change the keyboard shortcuts. This means you do not purchase a normal keyboard which you can use to type but a specialized keyboard.
Autohotkey is however not the only possibility when it comes to using the paper keyboard. Using an USB Adapter is another solution, as are software that has functionality support build-in and self created scripts that recognize the key. This means that the paper keyboards is platform independent, provided that solutions are made available or created
Update: FliPress has been discontinued. The reason according to the company were issues that the project's technology partners were facing. No further information about the kind of issues have been given.Advertisement
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