[LINK] Electronic ink
Wed, 18 Oct 2000 01:23:55 +1000
'Electronic ink' or aka 'electronic paper' sounds interesting,
however .. here's hoping the term 'e-ink' doesn't catch on :-)
Electronic Reusable Paper http://www.parc.xerox.com/dhl/projects/gyricon/
Electronic reusable paper is a display material that has many of the properties of paper. It stores an image, is viewed in reflective light, has a wide viewing angle, is flexible, and is relatively inexpensive. Unlike conventional paper, however, it is electrically writeable and erasable
Uses for Electronic Ink http://www.howstuffworks.com/e-ink.htm
The Holy Grail of electronic ink technology is a digital book that can typeset itself and that readers could leaf through just as if it were made with real paper. Such a book could be programmed to display the text from Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea," for instance. Once you've finished, you could automatically replace it by wirelessly downloading the latest "Harry Potter" book for your children from a computer database.
In May 2000, E Ink CEO Jim Iuliano predicted that electronic books could be possible by 2003 or 2004. Xerox has introduced plans to insert a memory device into the spine of the book, which would allow users to alternate between up to 10 books stored on the device.
Electronic ink can be printed on any surface, including walls, billboards, product labels and T-shirts .. Another advantage electronic ink has over traditional computer displays is its readability. It looks more like printed text, so it's a lot easier on the eyes. However, both Xerox and E Ink have to improve the resolution of their products for them to be viable in book or other small print publications. Xerox has already made a display that has a 200 dots per inch resolution, which is more than twice the resolution of an average LCD display. Lucent's printable transistors should allow E Ink to increase the resolution of its products to resemble the resolution of a printed book.
Cheers all ..