Re: e-ink and Oberon

From: Tei <"Tei">
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 20:53:33 +0200 (Hora de verano romance)

Where I can download electronic books? Is not outlaw for Copyrighted (99% of
the available books)?

I fear the ebook evilness

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From: Douglas G. Danforth

Date: jueves, 08 de mayo de 2003 06:51:30 pm

To: native-oberon{([at]})nowhere.xy

Cc: blackbox

Subject: e-ink and Oberon




I have a dream and that dream is to have Oberon be the underlying OS for

pen based displays yet to be produced by e-ink of Cambridge, MA.


Since I am a physicist by training I have at least 35 notebooks full of

calculations. I would like to replace those books by a single one

capable of holding thousands of pages that can be clean, neat,

searchable and capable of transmission to others and of high enough

quality for submission for publication.


Needless to say the Oberon display and mouse functionality would be

replaced with gester (and possibly voice) recognition.


Does anyone else share this dream? Does anyone else share this dream

strongly enough to kick around what it would take to form a company to

sell such a device?


Take a look at the recent article below.





E Ink says it's close on e-book prototype


Cambridge firm creates paperlike way to display text


By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff, 5/8/2003


E Ink Corp., a Cambridge company developing ''electronic book'' displays

it hopes to commercialize within a year, outlined details yesterday of a

new approach to creating a super-thin, paperlike medium for displaying

text and pictures.


In a paper published in the British science journal Nature, E Ink

executives said they have successfully developed a prototype display

just three-tenths of a millimeter thick, using stainless steel and a

plastic covering, that can display words and pictures at up to 96 pixels

per inch. Besides being lightweight, the display can be rolled into a

half-inch-wide scroll without damage, E Ink said.


Born of Massachusetts Institute of Technology research in the 1990s,

privately held E Ink has developed a so-called electronic ink, tiny

particles with a white side and black side whose position is set by

electric impulses sent through a conductive mesh. The ink and mesh would

be used in devices that could store and present hundreds or thousands of

pages and conceivably replace an unlimited number of physical books.


E Ink, which has raised $105 million in venture capital funding to date,

is working with Royal Philips Electronics to produce a prototype e-book

within the next year, said Dan Button, the company's vice president and

general manager.


Button said the company is talking with several other manufacturers to

make a commercial version of the paperlike display device within 24 to

36 months. In theory, the technology could be used to create a device

the size of a single newspaper or magazine sheet that contains and can

display the entire contents of an issue, which could be loaded from an

Internet-connected computer through short-range ''Bluetooth'' wireless

data systems.


The E Ink display system uses as little as one-tenth to one-thousandth

the electricity needed for the screen of a Palm Pilot-type handheld

device or a laptop computer, allowing them to be powered by tiny

penlight or watch batteries, Button said.


''This is a peek at the future,'' said Robert Wisnieff, senior manager

of IBM Corp.'s Advanced Display Technology Laboratory in Yorktown

Heights, N.Y.


While the commercial viability of the system remains to be seen,

Wisnieff said cheap, flexible electronic screens could be used in future

products such as credit cards that can display account balances and

recent purchase details or e-mail screens sewed onto the sleeve of a jacket.


Peter Howe can be reached at howe{([at]})nowhere.xy

services was used in this report.


This story ran on page E4 of the Boston Globe on 5/8/2003.

Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company.




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