The University of Cambridge has developed a new flexible electronic screen. Targeted at commuters, this “digital newspaper” is believed to be the cure for environmentally destructive, landfill filling, paper publications worldwide.
Created to compete with the overpriced silicon based “Amazon Kindle”, and numerous expensive “tablet computers”, this product is made of cheap plastic.
This screen will allow readers to subscribe to their various publications and download them straight into the device for a reasonable monthly fee comparable to a standard newspaper subscription.
This seems like a great idea with wonderful intentions but I’m forced to wonder if it is merely a gimmick that will pass on through the ranks of the wealthy and never make it to widespread distribution. At $300, the average consumer will be forced to stay away from this purchase, (aside from a few technogeeks), and once again we are slaves to the people with money.
At the moment, there are concerns about the durability of the product, and it is not being released yet due to these concerns. It seems people want to be able to “roll it up and dump it in their bag” I guess these are the people who wait until the last minute to prepare themselves for their train stop and then run through the train hollering, “Outta my way! This is my stop!” This strikes me as a little odd that this would hold up production, as one of the main “pros” of this device is supposed to be its durability. If you drop it on the subway, it’ll be ok. If you drop your laptop, maybe not so much.
All in all this seems like an interesting idea, and I’m sure it’ll satisfy the rich, trend junkies, but the problem is; everyone already owns a laptop, or a crackberry, or an iPhone so I just don’t see people shelling out the cash for a “gimmick”