Why do we have to be careful, if we look at the steady progressive growth of the development of e paper form the computer screen technology to the present flexible readable sheets and wonder what this application can also be developed for?
A lot of articles and reports are indicating that it will assist the development of reading to the areas of down loading educational reports, manuals and scripts etc, this can only be a good thing or is it.
I say that not wanting to stop this technology advances but also have some concerns of how this has grown or developed and what will it develop into.
I have repeated this sentence in so many of my posts and I will repeat it again on how the customer perceives the product and not what the product has been perceived into.
If we have an imaginary world and e paper has been developed and all things are great, what is the next step ?
How can the e paper be manufactured at a cheap price and in the real world what will it compete with Paper products, books and printing in general etc?
The concept of the paperless office had the same problem and is only starting to be accepted as a real product will the e paper have the same problem!
I do believe that the e paper must stop, stop in the sense that technology must stop making in to a product that is not usable to the every day person.
What has happened is that as technology has grown from one product and transferred part of that technology into another product.
If we look at the e paper, it started from the computer screen and then went into mobiles phones and eventually turned into flexible sheets .
What will happen is that if the latest e paper or flexible sheet is not transferred into a commercial product that every person can use then we will throw more technology at it ,nobody will be able to use it because of what I have mentioned above and it will repeat it’s self and an other product will benchmark the latest version of the technology of the e paper.
They will place it into the computer device and the e paper will not be E paper, it will be an latest computer tablet that will allows you to read at a better resolution and quality.
The rolling technology situation will start all over again and this will keep repeating to the level that we will be reading articles that are stating that the e paper is pipe dream and will never happen in our life time.
This may be a different view but if you look at this closely you can see this happening already, the e paper is starting to become recognised but we have not targeted a commercial market yet. I hope this does not happen and we stop and take a closer look and a person or an organisation takes this to the next step.
- VTT printed hemoglobin test on paper (eurekalert.org)
- Back to Paper: Should I Ditch My PDA? – Rohdesign Weblog – Designer Mike Rohde (rohdesign.com)
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