Folding smartphones are slowly making their way into the mainstream. Could foldable e-readers be next? The E Ink Corporation, the company behind the digital paper tech found in the majority of e-readers, is trying to make it happen. The firm’s R&D lab has been developing foldable e-ink screens for a while, and its latest prototype clearly demonstrates the idea’s potential.
This feels like such a natural fit for an e-reader. A foldable e-reader mimics a real book a lot more accurately than a regular portrait display does, and can potentially reduce the amount of times you have to perform a digital page flip. Still nowhere near a real book, of course, but a tiny step closer nonetheless.
I’m hanging out for a connected fold-able e-Paper tablet device.
I realise there are gadgets like Remarkable, but they are way too expensive, too fragile, use proprietary file formats or are just poorly supported.
I want a e-paper alternative to the tablets that keep getting broken when they are dropped, and that will work for days or even weeks from a charge. Weighs almost nothing, doesn’t crack when dropped, isn’t some buggy invisible dot grid scanner. A device that can be WiFi connected and transfer to a cloud repository in a universal file format of my choice like PDF, ODF, RTF or HTML. I really not fussed as long as any software I use can read it, and it doesn’t require a special viewer beyond my eyeballs!
More importantly for non-USA and Japanese users, it must be A3, A4, A5 ….. Ax whatever metric. Not Quarto, Legal, Letter, Foolscap, Folio or any other obsolete non-standard rare or exotic display or print size that won’t scale correctly!
Finally, I realise resolution and response can be a big issue on these devices, so maybe one small high res fast response area for signing.