The promise of E-Paper

26Apr10

The birth of the personal computer some time in 1981 foretold the advent of the paperless society and the inevitable death of printed material – books, newspapers and magazines.

That did not happen. Computer monitors and PDA screens, so it was observed, could not duplicate the experience of reading a printed page.

But that was a few years ago — just about the time this full-page information graphic was created, and just about the time first-generation E-paper products have come into market. The remarkable speed with which technology has zoomed – the iPad, the Kindle, the Readius, the iRex Reader – now renders most the facts detailed in this graphic obsolete.

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But the graphic did its job – capturing a unique, fleeting slice of time in the evolution of a viable alternative to ink on paper.

Story and graphic by Alfred Elicierto, published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on April 17, 2006.
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Also in this blog:
The beginnings of the Amazon
Treating gunshot wounds
How ‘BIg Foot’ tracks earthquakes
Chemo’s effects on the brain
Turning back the Asian carp
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One Response to “The promise of E-Paper”

  1. 1 Tasksheew

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net


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