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Old 08-18-2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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pBooks, eBooks... What's next?

The ebook technology is still young and has a lot to improve, but I'm already wondering...

What will come after ebooks? What kind of inovation can it still be done, to take book reading to another level? I'm not talking about improving ebook technology, I'm talking about what will come next, what will really change book reading.

Can you imagine what other format, medium or whatever?

I confess that the first thing that crossed my mind is that idea from the Matrix movie. A book/manual plugged into the brain, uploading the information for instant knowledge. Now that would be really cool (and would force schools to test inteligence instead of the memory of their students ).

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Old 08-18-2008, 03:41 PM   #2
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do you mean different ways of presenting a book ? something like this maybe ?
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Brain computer interfaces?
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:52 PM   #5
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good god, i hope not !!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:56 PM   #6
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G-books... books in glasses. They will use display technology to project the book in the air before your eyes, at a comfortable reading distance. Sensors will detect the position of the eye at the bottom of the page, and use that to scroll pages along.

Why do you ask? Looking to secure a patent?
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I think it's going to be c-books. Contact lenses that allow you to interface with your computer or whatever. After that, probably some sort of prefrontal lobe interface that allows bypass of physical input.
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I think it's going to be c-books. Contact lenses that allow you to interface with your computer or whatever. After that, probably some sort of prefrontal lobe interface that allows bypass of physical input.
Everyone knows it's better to start on glasses before contacts.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:08 PM   #9
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Brain computer interfaces?
No no no! That would ruin everything! Who would want a book dumped into their heads? Well, maybe it if was something like downloaded to a brain, but then you could just close your eyes and read it. So you still get the entertainment of reading, just don't have to worry about hardware. I dunno, then there is the problem of sorting out the different formats, and would our brains be able to use PDFs, and what would happen if you had traumatic head injury....
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And how would TSA confiscate illegal downloads?
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scary !!
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They'd run that handheld jiggy over your head and "Format C:" your mind!
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No no no! That would ruin everything! Who would want a book dumped into their heads? Well, maybe it if was something like downloaded to a brain, but then you could just close your eyes and read it. So you still get the entertainment of reading, just don't have to worry about hardware. I dunno, then there is the problem of sorting out the different formats, and would our brains be able to use PDFs, and what would happen if you had traumatic head injury....
I for one would love to be able to close my eyes and drift off while reading a book, think of all the serendipituous exploring you could do while browsing a mental book collection.

And the format problems will all be sorted out by calibre when the time comes
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I for one would love to be able to close my eyes and drift off while reading a book, think of all the serendipituous exploring you could do while browsing a mental book collection.

And the format problems will all be sorted out by calibre when the time comes
Okey dokey, seems all sorted out now. I'm on board - Bring it on!
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Okey dokey, seems all sorted out now. I'm on board - Bring it on!
First, we have this little ceremony you have to go through...
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