Papier Machine n°0
We use electronic objects every day, but still their inner workings can seem mysterious. On our telephone screens, the automatic rotation from portrait to landscape display appears to be inexplicable, nearly magical, but it is simply the result of a gyroscope integrated into the device. There are also internal sensors that allow the phone to indicate if it has become wet, if it is being shaken, if it is held next to an ear, if it is nighttime, etc. These components seem to have invisible, intangible, incomprehensible qualities. But a closer look reveals their secrets.
Papier Machine n°0 is the first in a collection of books for exploring the hidden mechanisms of the world of electronics. This inaugural issue contains six electronic toys in pre-cut paper, screen printed with an ink that conducts electricity. All of the games produce sound and each one illustrates a different physical principle used by sensors. They reveal the realm of materials, shapes, colors and stories that lies behind the magic of our devices.