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Old 11-11-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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Swedish design study of future e-paper

Let's face it: E-paper does not deserve to be called e-paper unless it can be folded and you can swing for a fly with it. Students of the Halmstad Media IT came up with the design study of an highly portable e-paper that looks like it could win our hearts. The following three videos show how this e-paper might be used one day:

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Old 11-12-2006, 06:27 AM   #2
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Amazing!
It is the future prototype and applications of e-paper.
If the dream comes true, it will change the world of books -- a digital Gutenburg revolution!
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
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Nice! I like the way they achieve flexibility without being too flimsy, which I think will add to its impression of longetivity and practicality. A solid spine makes sense from an engineering and ergonomics standpoint, that's a product I'd check out. And a good run-through of the things you can do with it, and how.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:18 AM   #4
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its impression of longevity
I am sorry but if the image change, you never get an impression of longevity. Paper gets it because it is static. Even a poor print in a toilet tissue seems to have longevity.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:35 PM   #5
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Sorry, I meant the longetivity, or long life, of the device itself. As in, if the device looked flimsy, it would not be perceived as being able to last very long.

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Even a poor print in a toilet tissue seems to have longevity.
Not after it gets wet! (I probably shouldn't have gone there...)

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Old 11-22-2006, 11:49 AM   #6
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I think e-paper can make a technological revolution by the three advantages it has: flexibility, no luminosity (it just reflects light), and possibility of changing the content, be it an image or an article.
But what I really want to know in what level the industry of e-paper is now. Are E-ink and Polymer vision and Hitachi and bridgestone and all the others, already selling e-paper devices? I mean, is there any newspaper that is ready to make its publications using e-paper? Are books and newspapers the only fields e-paper can be used in? Does any one have an idea?
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:47 PM   #7
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Honestly I am not very impressed. I think this is a step backwards instead of a step forwards. The bad thing about a traditional flimsy paper product is that is is cumbersome, bulky, and inconvenient. A paper back or newspaper (although light) is hard to hold in a comfortable way. With a newspaper you have to keep adjusting your grip because it is flexible, this is the same with magazines, and paperbacks have a tendency to spring back on you if you are not holding them firmly enough. I think that the current trend of ebook readers encased in a plastic or metal frame with the use of a stylus or buttons is a far superior idea. Rigidity combined with thinness and lightness is the present and future of ebook readers. I don't think this flexible magazine looking thing will ever get off the ground.
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Honestly I am not very impressed. I think this is a step backwards instead of a step forwards. The bad thing about a traditional flimsy paper product is that is is cumbersome, bulky, and inconvenient. A paper back or newspaper (although light) is hard to hold in a comfortable way. With a newspaper you have to keep adjusting your grip because it is flexible, this is the same with magazines, and paperbacks have a tendency to spring back on you if you are not holding them firmly enough. I think that the current trend of ebook readers encased in a plastic or metal frame with the use of a stylus or buttons is a far superior idea. Rigidity combined with thinness and lightness is the present and future of ebook readers. I don't think this flexible magazine looking thing will ever get off the ground.
If a flexible screen was included in a "hardcover" device, it would be much more durable. Accidentally sit on your kindle 3.0? No problem, just flatten the screen back out. With a flexible screen I can see these devices being built to withstand much more abuse than current devices can take. "Sony Tacti-book 580"

"Paperback" and "hardcover" e-readers?
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:11 AM   #9
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I see flexible e-paper being used in signage applications (in-store retail window displays, trade shows, etc.). Stores want the flexibility to rearrange their merchandise and sign layout, but need the convenience of updating their signs instantly to reflect new prices, sales, and so on.

For personal book/media readers, a robust, rigid device makes the most sense.

Hmmm, flexible e-paper... digital window shades? Don't like looking out your window at your neighbor's back yard? Roll down your shade, and hit the "beach" button.
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For a personal device I think touch screen is more important, but folding/rolling would also be useful - it would be really nice to be able to open the enotepad and get twice the display area. The cellphone that folds out an e-ink display is quite cool in that respect, it's just tiny. Give me a Sony Reader that unfolds to twice as wide as the current device and I'd be much happier. The problem would be finding a way to make it usable when folded too, which might mean wrapping the display around the outside when it is folded.
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[For personal book/media readers, a robust, rigid device makes the most sense.

Hmmm, flexible e-paper... digital window shades? Don't like looking out your window at your neighbor's back yard? Roll down your shade, and hit the "beach" button.[/QUOTE]

Yup, and yup.

Maybe they will make the blinds out of e-paper. Rigid is definitely what works, look at all the trouble people go through to read a newspaper on a bus. Fold and refold, shake so the corner will go in the right position, not to mention pointing it towards good lighting. Flexible e-paper is that hassle all over again, who would want that. My Cybook is so light and easy to carry and use, I would never go back to anything flexible again.
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To digress: is all of that really a hassle? Or an art form? To be honest, I was always awed at the way my father read the newspaper at the breakfast table. There was something extremely masculine and at the same time graceful at how he managed to read the paper one-handed, with one-eye on me and my brothers, all while eating his eggs.

Then, when all was finished, he could in one motion, stand, kiss my mother fondly, and through a ingenious feat of unconscious origami fold and tuck the paper under his arm.

Me? I drop my blackberry in the toilet.

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Why would a robot with a brain the size of a small planet need an external internetting device?

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V.A.V. the rigidity argument,
If I could have a legal pad sized sheet of e-paper that rolled up around a central scroll spine, with a nifty spot for a stylus and a few rudimentary buttons, that would be nice, the best of both worlds.
However, I think Utah has it a bit skewed. Doubt very much that electro-phoretic displays will ever be as flimsy as a newspaper. The basic structure of the product requires some thickness, and I think also there is the need for rigid portions, like the power source and some circuitry.

Not having ever seen a native, unenclosed display, I imagine it would be like a sheet of laminate, or maybe a thin, shiny magazine that bent only when you wanted it to.

In terms of durability, a rigid sheet of the stuff capped by glass does not seem like it would survive many falls, or drops into the watercloset for that matter.
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Wouldn't the flexibility increase durability, in that it wouldn't break if dropped, etc. And also I think it would weigh less, which would be a bonus for me.
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