Roll Up For The Magical E-Reader
With Apple reporting over three million iPads sold in three months, and DC and Marvel offering major app comics initiatives, it appears as if the digital age of comics has arrived. But futurists are predicting a quickly evolving technological environment that will lower the costs of e-readers dramatically and even morph the devices into the sort of thing one could roll up and carry in a back pocket.
The New York Times is reporting:
Some computer developers envision tablet computers so flexible that you will literally be able to roll them up and slip them in your bag or pocket — just as you would do with a newspaper or magazine today — and then unfurl them on the train.
The military is helping lead the way to that future. Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center is working with the United States Army to build flexible, nonbreakable screens and devices for use on the battlefield.
“Truly bendable displays have other engineering challenges to solve just beyond making the screens bend,” said Nick Colaneri, director of the flexible display center. “Still, it wouldn’t surprise me to see some start to make it to market in innovative designs in the next three to five years.”
Media appointed “digital visionary” Nicholas Negroponte has declared “The paper book is dead” and suggests e-readers will eventually fall in price to $50 or less. The Times says:
The group Mr. Negroponte heads, One Laptop Per Child, has developed a slate computer set to be released in 2012 that will cost less than $100. Plastic and, he said, unbreakable, the computer will resemble the iPad and will “use so little power you should be able to shake it or wind it up to give it power.”