Perfect for old-school writer’s block when we can still vent our frustration by crumpling the offending page into a ball and hurling it onto a pile.
But it will only be disposable not because we’ll be throwing away Kindles like mad, but if Professor Andrew Steckl of the U of Cincinnati perfects his invention. When he does, then yep, disposable E-Paper is upon us.
The man is inventing E-paper? Preposterous! Actually it’s not E-Paper as we know it, but E-paper made of well, paper thanks to elctrowetting. If this is the first time you’ve read the word, electrowetting involves electrifying a hydrophobic surface in a display, hence E-Paper.
Why is this a soon-to-be major breakthrough? Because regular “dumb” paper can be made to store data just like a computer monitor and if we want, there’ll be color and the luxury of repeated use, just like the paper we always loved and enjoyed. In Prof. Steckl’s own words:
“We would have something that is very cheap, very fast, full-color and at the end of the day or the end of the week, you could pitch it into the trash…We hope to have something that would actually look like paper but behave like a computer monitor in terms of its ability to store information.”
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