This concept video shows you the future of the iPad.
While it will take a while, perhaps a really long while, until the technology we have available to us will really support a true flexible ePaper iPad-cum-display and be capable of mass market manufacture, it should be self-evident that this is the ultimate destination for an iPad dream, at least as a reading device.
From the project website: “The printed versions of newspapers offer mobility, much like a device, but access to content can be cumbersome in certain reading situations. How do we combine the affordances of print and online versions of news and translate that hybrid into a single device? A medium that conforms to human practices and the varied scenarios of accessing news.”
“The first question we ask is, “what if there was a device that inherited all the affordances of print, and screen based news formats”? Our goal is to design a flex ible grid system that attacks this question. The user is presented information in an aesthetic which is much more inline with print but then can navigate through the content to access different sections and objects of the paper which is a behavior accustom to online practices. The second question we ask is, “what if the device is adaptive to the activity or environment of the user while he or she is immersed with the content”? The strategy we have set forth is to allow the form of the device to be physically manipulated using the practice of folding to harmonize with the situation in which the user is engaged.”
Designed by Jae Kim, the The Page eReader is a thin transparent screen that projects whichever publication the user has subscribed to. Acting as a digital archive as well, the screen actually folds, so it’s ready to go on that subway ride to work. It has multiple columns and layouts and can be folded a variety of ways depending on the user’s preferences – anywhere from two to four columns.
We think it is the future of the iPad, or a variant of the iPad. Once this sort of tech comes to market, Kindle is toast.