posted on Mar, 15 2006 @ 03:46 PM
Antwerp - Spending hours reading the papers may be an ideal pastime on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
But what if your newspaper updated itself during the day? What if the pictures moved and the interviews could be listened to?
In Belgium, this is coming true - at least for a three-month trial period. The Antwerp-based daily De Tijd will soon become the world's first
newspaper to publish a digital version on so-called 'electronic paper'.
Instead of buying your daily paper, from April 2006, 200 subscribers will be able to start the day by connecting a portable electronic device
supplied by De Tijd to the internet and start downloading their daily paper. Updates will be automatic during the day, if subscribers have access to
Personally, I have been waiting for the e-paper revolution with baited breath. Unfortunately, I can count the number of updates on the technology
on three hands. Something piqued my interest again, and after googling I found this relatively recent tidbit. The possibilities for E-Paper,
Electronic Ink, however you call it, is certainly mesmerizing on one hand, or just another intrusion into our quiet time, depending on who you ask.
A few more notes from the article:
-The electronic 'ink' has 16 levels of grey.
-The display is the size of two laptops, but needs 100 times less energy than a normal laptop screen. Based on an average use of three hours a day,
the battery runs for more than a week.
-A storage space of 244 mega bytes
-Bruynseels says there will also be savings because no paper is being used. Newspapers such as The Times or the Wall Street Journal can go through
200,000 tons of newsprint per year. ( but what is the environmental impact? -TGDF
-The electronic newspaper costs an astronomical 400 euros - but those who sign up for the experiment are not being charged. The assumption is,
however, that costs will come down when the electronic daily goes into mass production.
Luddites, your day has come!