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Libro

combining the advantages of modern e-readers with the familiar feel of traditional paper books.

Libro is a smart book, with a Nano metric scale Electrochromic layer printed on every page of it. It works with a memory card, which will load the book saved in it as soon as it's connected to Libro. Then the Electrochromic materials on every page will become visible using the voltage generated by the battery and then the words will appear on the blank pages of Libro. So basically you can read any book you save in the memory card.
Libro supports different file types including yet not limited to EPUB and PDF.
The battery on Libro gets charged by the power plug, however there's also an alternative way of charging it:
Libro comes with a pair of "Piezoelectric charger layers" which you can put in your shoes, so when you are standing or even walking, the charger layers will use the applied pressure to generate electricity. These layers come in different sizes and they use wireless charging technology.
There is no On/Off switch, To turn on Libro you need to open it, and the words will appear only on the opened pages using the light sensors placed on every page. It not only makes reading easier, but saves energy as well.

The main goal for Libro is to save more trees by making only one book for each person and to make it as close as possible to the traditional books. So we had to close our eyes on most of the cool features that Technology could bring to this device, and make things as simple as we could.

Libro may be expensive and it might as well use paper which means cutting more trees but when you have a Libro, you won't need to buy any more books. So it not only saves mony in long term usage, but also saves more trees.

Team photo: 
Credits and attribution: 

Nastaran Safari
Hedye Jahangiri
Khashayar Heydarian

*Team later learned about the existence of "e-papers", however e-papers didn't inspire the team members while working on the project, and we still believe nobody has used e-papers for a device like Libro.

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