Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Latest thing in hi-tech: a book

I believe these two devices may be the first commercial offerings to use Electronic Ink.

The Japanese gadget-makers have come at the problem from a new angle: by temporarily “printing” words on a surface rather than projecting them on to a screen. Sony’s Librie is the first device to use a material called Electronic Ink — a technology based on microscopic capsules which turn from black to white with a tiny voltage.
They sound like an interesting advance on previous technology. But, display technology isn't the only barrier to widespread adoption of electronic books...