Is flattery the future of reading, writing & computing?

OK, I don’t mean “flattery” in the usual sense; I mean “getting flatter.” (Update: New images right and below are a Skiff preview. Thanks to BSU Professor David Sumner for a pointer to yet another article by Bill Mickey.)

Whatever Apple does at its rumored announcement later this month should be something flat. After using the XO’s screen both in bright Virginia summer sunlight (as a monochrome reflective screen) and indoors as a sharp backlit color one, I hope Apple comes up with something similar to the “Pixel Qi transflective display” — or the thing itself…

Another case in point, the latest conceptual model of the OLPC XO, which I’ve  mentioned over on my less-journalistic blog under the heading:

Not the Apple iTablet or iSlate — the OLPC XO-3.
The XO-3 prototype from Laptop.org

The thought that something equally cool might come in an Android-powered smartpad is intriguing… especially if it would have Verizon connectivity like the Droid phone. (Verizon does a better job than AT&T  in my classroom building and in Floyd County.)

With the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in progress this week in Las Vegas, I’m also intrigued by what I’ve read about the Hearst-connected Skiff e-paper reader (more), Kurzweil’s Blio e-book reader (more), by the two-piece Lenovo Ideapad and by the Android-based dual-screen EntourageEdge.

(The XO-2 concept was similar, but used two Pixel-Qi style screens… but when something never gets out of the “concept” stage, it can do anything it wants..)

More on magazine concepts in Bonnier digital prototype video:

For more publishers’ prototypes and concept software — in full color and moving images — see the video links at Wired magazine, including Conde Nast, Sports Illustrated and Bonnier demos. (I added some other tabs for comparison to a post about the SI demo a few weeks ago.)

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

Posted in Computers, Digital Culture, Education, Tablets & eBook Readers, Technology

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