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Papyrus E-ink Device Could Help You Get Edumacated

It's no secret that we at Ecogeek are fans of the e-ink display technology. The low battery consumption and superior readability compared to laptops and other mobile devices, not to mention the thin form factor, all combine to bring us closer to generic viagra canadian a digital literary future. With Amazon's Kindle doing the rounds in the US and the Bookeen Cybook constantly running out of stock, e-ink toting devices are inching their way into the public's hearts.

I still think that e-books have a ways to go before I'd personally get one, mostly in terms of price and features, and I have had a few of recommended site viagra tablets sale my own ideas on what would make a good reader. However, the group of thinkers and designers over at The Greener Grass have gone and created a concept that I could wholeheartedly get behind. The Papyrus.

The Papyrus is a concept for an education-centred e-reader device that would focus on making participation in courses easier and more interactive. The concept calls for a colour e-ink touch screen and presumably a Wi-Fi connection to connect the devices of all the students together. Collaboratively, they can tag, highlight and annotate their reading material and remotely help eachother understand the text and find the important parts in it. As a first-year university student who hadn't read a single academic text since the turn of the millenium, I can say I would have greatly appreciated such a feature in my textbooks, not to mention saving all the space and weight of all those books as I cart them around.

As far as pricing goes, they're setting their sights on a hundred dollars. This seems unrealistic, but they are convinced it could be realised with the removal of unneeded hardware features (audio, for example) and the help of publishers. These publishers would subsidise the device and could sell their text books directly to the students through a subscription service.

The concept also makes a case for the interactivity of uk alternative viagra lectures. Many students are afraid to ask questions when there's something they don't understand. If they could just shoot the where to buy levitra lecturer a quick private message rather than pipe up in front of a hundred other students, the idea is that the lecturer would be much more aware of whether or not s/he is professional viagra online getting through to the students.

I suspect that if this device is to actually be made, the price tag will go the way of the OLPC and the Eee PC and end up at least double the initial goal. Even so, it would be a fantastic device in an increasingly digital world. If the resolution of e-ink screens get a bump up, the prices a bump down and the features a polish, I welcome a transition into a fully digital student life. There's still something to visit our site levitra next day delivery be said for the feeling of opening a book and reading it on the couch or in bed, but at least e-ink is getting us one step closer to that feeling without killing trees every time there's a new book (or, more likely, a very slightly altered new edition) to be published.

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written by Michael, April 19, 2008
Thanks for blogging about our Papyrus concept. I'm happy to hear your review and viagra get your feedback.
written by Eric, April 19, 2008
I think reducing paper use is great, but there are all sorts of ways to do that without getting rid of the best place cialis 25mg physical books, which are certainly one of the currently-paper products that receives the most benefit from its medium. Let's focus instead on eliminating business and government paperwork clutter, and other purely-informational business that should be aggregated into a digital service anyways.
written by Magnus H., April 19, 2008
Part of the bonus of e-ink devices is that they encourage a less paper-based business/ student life. I know you're probably referring more to systems of distributing and collecting information, but if you ask me, part of what makes the transition to digital systems easier would be devices with good battery life, good readability of the screens and portable form factors. E-ink devices in general go a long way toward this.

In any case, paperwork clutter in businesses and government is a different field of funding and research than what e-readers are, so I think it's safe to say that you can focus on both. Of course, like I mentioned, they're not COMPLETELY separate, but I think the levitra prescription drugs link tends toward the positive rather than the negative. If e-ink devices become more ubiquitous, people will think of more ways to use them in relation to business and the like.

After innovations in technology, innovations in the use of that technology are sure to viagra pfizer buy online follow. Just look at delivery people these days, for example. They all carry a device with a touchscreen that I sign on rather than a bunch of papers. At least in the UK. It's happening, Eric, just not all at once.
written by net97surferx, April 20, 2008
Way back when I was in college (and long before flat screens and cell phones), I always hoped they would come up with something similar to this. I had one of those vinyl 'no ring' binders with a legal sized tablet in it. I kept wondering how hard it would have been to make that into ... well, it would have been what Mac is making now as their thinnest notepad.

Nowadays, I wouldn't even mind something a little 'larger' or 'bulker'... sort of like those larger fake PADDs they had on the old Star Trek/Voyager/DS9 series. I'm all for faster, cheaper, and lighter... but, I'm also older and I just can't focus as well when trying to read the itty bitty text on some cell phones and levitra without prescriptions micro mini screens. Old age is a.... well, at least it's gotten me to where all this super eco tech is finally showing up!

written by Magnus H., April 20, 2008
Heheh, I completely agree on the issue of tiny screens. My parents have a laptop with a WAY too high resolution for the size of the screen, and since Windows XP wasn't made to effectively accomodate high dpi, they either have to have an impossible resolution or an ugly upscaler that looks hideous.

As far as e-reader devices go, I see them having an A4 or US legal size, really. Anything else would be kind of usefull link best online levitra useless. However, I'd love for them to cialis order some day have a 300 dpi resolution and have a system that is made to accomodate that resolution so text is still visible. The reason being that the higher the resolution, the more it is like looking at a desktop surface. You could have several documents open at once for comparison and the like. You could even have a magnifying glass type tool in the software that lets you look closer at things while you do that.

I think I need to mock up a concept for the kind of system I'm thinking of. Basically, it'd be a bit like Mac OSX's exposé feature but with some key differences.
written by Magnus H., April 20, 2008
If anyone is interested in seeing the e-reader OS I mentioned making a mock-up for, check out the following link. I'll warn you, though, there's a LOT of text to get through over there! ^_^
E-Books and School Texts.
written by Larz, April 20, 2008
Unless textbook publishers get their pound of flesh, they will never convert to electronic; and you NEED textbook publishers to come aboard before these gadgets will really take off. Textbook publishers fear cloning. E-books are really ideal for students who have to lug 60# of books, but textbook companies need assurance of profit. I suggest DRM tech with an expiration date encoded
into the e-text. Then you'll see these sell like
Papyrus? More like pap-bogus
written by scanner, April 21, 2008
This is a complete PR construct. There is no there there (to quote Gertrude Stein). Even the how can i get viagra overnight picture is vapour. Was this a marketing exploit to support a VC application. Fap!
written by Magnus H., April 22, 2008
The Greener Grass is just a group of people who like to think about new products. They talk to only now buying levitra without prescription experts in the fields they're discussing and use current technology to come up with idea for products. One can only hope their technology gets implemented at some point.

Their iPhone energy monitor is interesting too, and definitely a real possibility as a product if someone were to pick it up.

Well, for books you pay for, an expiration date is kind of not a hugely amazing idea, all things considered. After all, the books we buy in paper form don't "expire". However, books have a natural sort of ARM (ANALOGUE Rights Management) in that they're much more of a hassle to spread around than music or films, so I realise there would have to be SOME sort of DRM on them for most publishers to accept them, and that needn't be such a bad thing, really.
written by hottie, May 12, 2008
ebooks are ggggggggggreat
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DRM non-issue
written by moffatt, August 09, 2008
There doesn't need to be any DRM for textbooks and any DRM scheme can be broken anyways. There is nothing you can do once the DRM is broken to stop piracy short of massive government intervention.

If you do a bit of digging you can already find virtually any textbook(scans or text) online already.

A new business model is required to succeed in the digital age. One method would be to have the schools purchase a licence to cheap viagra india distribute copies of the text to their students. The cost would be passed onto the students. However, this cost must be much less than the cost of generic viagra pill an actual book as you cannot sell the book, there is no material/production cost for the copy itself and the publisher is no longer competing with used book sales (the reason for very low quality bindings).

This is assuming that the vast majority of sales of textbooks are to people taking classes. Similar models could be used in businesses that have their own libraries or libraries themselves.

Another annoyance of DRM is being locked into a single platform (though this can be broken). This is very obnoxious when multiple players get involved and the market becomes fragmented. Imagine being forced to have one device for your chemistry course and one for your calculus course.
is papyrus a trade secret?
written by JT, May 27, 2009
ive read lots about the papyrus but cant find any mention of it by SAmsung itself, is it a figment of some websites imagination!?!
id really appreciate some pointers on where to go to get the low down from Samsung themselves - press release maybe?
Immediate Updates!
written by A Treadway, August 02, 2009
As a high school Math teacher I can immediately see huge benefits to the Papyrus! One of which being the availability of german viagra immediate updates and corrections to textbooks. For Social Studies this would be an amazing cost-saving feature for a school district. The one drawback is the initial expense of the unit itself. If they can keep it about the cost of a decent graphing calculator, the pitch to the school board and the implementation of the device will be a breeze.

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