Nowadays, old news can still be remembered because it’s just so amazing how companies come up with these sort of things. Seems like Sony did a great job in making life easier by inventing this handy technology. To make this happen, Sony teamed up with E Ink, developer of the E Ink Mobius, which is used in this digital paper notepad. Sony came up with the idea of creating high-precision thin film transistors on plastic rather than using glass. And since it’s plastic, the display became flexible and lightweight.
As quoted from the video, “We’ve succeeded in mass-producing these large flexible panels, by combining E-Ink’s flexible paper technology and Sony’s mass-production technology.”
“Usually, devices are made by sandwiching TFTs between glass sheets. However, these panels use plastic instead of glass, so they’re much lighter. Another feature is that, unlike glass, these panels are very durable.”
Durable, lightweight, responsive, and has a long battery life (can last up to 3weeks!).
Also quoted from the video, “This is a PDF document. You can run through the pages with your finger. Of course, you can also write comments and draw lines in the PDF document. Also, if you choose the marker, and move your finger over text, you can highlight text like this.
“This is still at the prototype stage. But, we’re designing it to work smoothly. Also, like paper, you can rest your hand on it while you write, but with a tablet, you can’t always do that. This digital paper makes it possible to write while resting your hand on the panel.
“We’d especially like this to be used in universities. From the second half of this year, we’re planning to do trials with Waseda, Hosei, and Ritsumeikan Universities. We also plan to release a commercial version during the year.”