Who doesn’t love a good pop-up book? And members of the MIT Media Lab’s High-Low Tech group have found a way to make them even better. Electronic Popables combine traditional pop-up mechanisms with thin, flexible, paper-based electronics (the circuitry is made with paint on the paper) to create an interactive book that sparkles, sings, reacts, and moves. The book was built by summer UROP student Jie Qi, who attends Columbia University, with assistance from Assistant Professor Leah Buechley, director of the High-Low Tech Group, and Tshen Chew ’11.

The first video shows what the book can do. In the second, Buechley explains how it all works.