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Friday, November 10, 2006

Newspaper of the future?

CNET News is reporting that this may be the newspaper, or e-paper, of the future and that the future may arrive as soon as 2008. The photos above are of a roll-up laptop screen that can stream digital news content.

My first questions are how much will these cost and how long will it take for them to become affordable, but the technology is spectacular at first glance. The 2001 film Minority Report featured a similar, though more advanced type of newspaper, even though it is set decades from now.

For now, I would just settle for having full Tennessean PDFs downloadable to subscribers each morning, but the idea that this innovation may eventually replace the newspaper is pretty intriguing. It might save the newspaper industry at some point, if these devices become ubiquitous.

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