The fully paper playable piano can be played via your smartphone


December 21, 2021, 12:33

A printable playable piano.

Image: Prelonic Technologies


An Austrian tech company has created a printable piano that requires no power and can be played using your phone.

What if you could print your next piano at home? Not with a 3D printer, but with a single sheet of paper?

This is exactly what an Austria-based tech company has proven to be possible, with the development of their product, SEED (interactive prelonic paper).

Prelonic Technologies initially launched PIP in 2019. The product is a combination of printed paper media and an electronic device.

To demonstrate the capabilities of PIP, Prelonic Technologies recently posted a video on their website where they print a nine-key piano and play a tune. Listen below.

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The piano keys were printed on nothing more than a regular sheet of paper. However, it’s what’s underneath that matters.

The whole product consists of two sheets of paper. One, which sits on top, is an impression of an eight-key piano and is supported by layers of conductive carbon. The second sheet is located under the piano print and houses a printed circuit board model.

An NFC chip is then added to the circuit to create the interface. NFC chips facilitate contactless communication between two digital devices, which in this case is between the paper piano, and a smartphone.

The paper piano is played via an accompaniment app, which can be downloaded to your smartphone. No power is required to use the paper piano, as the NFC chip is powered by the antenna of the phone.

When a player presses one of the printed piano keys, the corresponding note is played on the application and sounds through the mobile speakers.

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So, is this the future of music? Instruments that you can print with your home office supplies?

Well, the video indicates that this playable piano is just a showcase of what PIP can do. The demo video points out that the newspaper – which is not yet available for sale – could also print games, learning materials and interactive advertisements.

Dr Friedrich Eibensteiner, CEO of Prelonic Technologies, confirmed the origins of the piano, saying: “To demonstrate some capabilities, we have developed a simple application: the paper piano.. This is a mostly printed hybrid device, which allows you to play 8-key piano music through your mobile phone.

However, Dr Elbensteiner adds: “The potential of this technology is so huge, the number of ideas is increasing very quickly – faster than the realization”, so we are not ruling out for the moment the possibility of a future paper orchestra …



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