posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 11:36 PM
Originally posted by charles1952
reply to post by Raelsatu
Thanks for your reply, I told you I'm not technologically literate. If I understand it correctly,
So, to use the paper technology you need a computer, paper, a camera, a laser, a UV light and projector, and special ink.
To use the tablet, you need . . . a tablet?
Firstly, you asked me what the difference was between the two; and well the difference is apparent. Apart from the tech demonstration itself, some
people may prefer to work with paper -- as opposed to a pen on a tablet screen. I've done my fair share of writing on paper, and a couple times using
a screen; I personally found the screen frustrating (not a professional tablet such as Wacom). If you're asking whether or not it's more practical,
that I cannot say. It would appear a tablet is the better route if you want a single device that works independently. However, this tech specifically
references paper-based Google Docs; so the point is to take the document sharing onto a different medium.
I believe the system itself includes the computer, camera, and projector. Similar to a laptop that includes a webcam. There's paper, which is
reusable. And finally the ball-point pens cost around 2 dollars per. So it seems the only real cost that comes into play is the system itself. I don't
know what the pricing for that will be, but I presume they wouldn't come up with the idea if it wasn't a viable alternative.
That said, what I'm really waiting for is the paper-thin computers & displays, immersive VR, and another jump in processing power. We already have new
technology being released that includes mass-produced virtual reality headsets (Oculus Rift), combined with mm precise motion tracking (LEAP) that is
going to revolutionize quite a bit. There's also much research being done successfully into sophisticated haptic feedback, which can make a VR
experience even more realistic. Eventually down the road we'll have holographic displays & perhaps a few other types.
With this new nanotechnology age upon us I think we'll be seeing big changes within a shorter time-span.
edit on 30-10-2012 by Raelsatu
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