Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:06 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Samsung has developed a completely transparent solar-powered monitor that's designed to be used with ambient light. Though they're marketing it as a television, it's almost certainly going to be used initially as displays in commercial areas, and it apparently is also a touch-screen, opening it up for the coolest kind of kiosk you've ever used. See a video after the jump.
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RE[5]: This.
by Moredhas on Fri 25th Mar 2011 21:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: This."
Moredhas
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2008-04-10

People have this idea that things like contracts, receipts, pay records, job records, and the like need to be retained in hard copies. About all email has been able to replace in the workplace is the hard copy memo (if that). If we had a legal provision for storing digital copies of contracts, for example, or better yet a legal provision for signing them in e form, rather than dead tree form, we could do away with paper.

I think the rise of the tablet computer will go a long way towards this. I already carry all my important documents around on my iPad (sort of, they're on Dropbox, and I can fetch them on cue). If I start job hunting any time soon, instead of carting around a physical copy of my resume to every interview, I can just email it from my iPad for them. Oooorrrr just hand the iPad over for a moment... When more people have tablet PCs, I'd like to see a standardised document passing protocol, so with my iPad, I could point it at someone, and just flick the document to them (or press an on screen button, but gestures are where it's at, man!), and on their Samsung they could accept or reject it, and have it appear right there on their screen.

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RE[6]: This.
by voodoo123 on Tue 29th Mar 2011 21:41 in reply to "RE[5]: This."
voodoo123 Member since:
2011-03-24

The company that I work for has gone a long way towards paperless. They have recently developed an application that lets sales reps create, sign, and approve contracts paperless and wireless. For the contracts they use a tablet pc and a stylus so that it feels very like they are signing a hard form copy and it also makes it feel more official for the customers as they can read it as if it is in hard form due to the tablet. The signatures gathered are real signatures (the same as if you use your credit card at the store) and not some form of e-signature that is replicated. Overall the process of transitioning has gone quite well thus far.

I feel that paper is still more "official" in most people's minds, however in a few years as more and more companies go paperless the notion will start to cease.

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RE[7]: This.
by Moredhas on Tue 29th Mar 2011 21:56 in reply to "RE[6]: This."
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

This will sound horrible of me, but all it takes is the older generations to fade into minorities. Younger people are all for paperlessness, while older people and the more impressionable youths don't trust computers. I used to joke to mum, back when programming the VCR was a concern, that her generation and older are the only ones having problems, so all we need to do is wait for them to drop dead ;)

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