If you’re familiar with origami, you know that paper can be turned into something that is almost lifelike. Thanks to a new Kickstarter project called reaDIYmate, you can not only make lifelike things out of paper, you can bring them to life using the web:

reaDIYmates are fun Wi-fi paper companions that move and play sounds depending on what’s happening in your digital life.

It’s a mix of low-tech and high-tech.

Assemble them in 10 minutes with no tools or glue, then choose what you want them to do through a simple web interface. Link them to your digital life (Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, RSS feeds, SoundCloud, If This Then That, and more to come) or control them remotely in real time from your iPhone.

You don’t need any creative or technical skills to build and use your reaDIYmate, but if you want to go further, we made it super easy for you to change designs, write applications, or add inputs and outputs.

You can set these things to make specific sounds or movements when you get emails, tweets, or Facebook messages. The web-based dashboard will let you create rules that will make your characters do things based on very specific events, like scream when you get an email from your boss.

This idea comes from the team that brought you the WIFI bunny called Nabaztag, so we can definitely vouch that the team behind reaDIYmate is extremely tech-savvy.

Here’s a video explaining the project:

reaDIYmate on Kickstarter