According to the author of the report, flexible displays are already shipping in volume in many sectors, notably Lexar's memory devices using flexible electrophoretic displays from E Ink, flexible LED displays used in Nike+ FuelBand and flexible LED signages used in public venues.
The affordances of paper are hard to beat (even though I was the Pitney Bowes Digital Document Delivery Product Guru back in 2000). It takes one eye and one hand to read a newspaper - there are no "plug-ins to expire, no software downloads, and no interface differences to learn between newspapers. Furthermore, you can quickly flip to your favorite section. Reading digital media requires implementing the selected reader of the particular document (so far every journal and magazine seems to have selected a different one), booting the computer, obeying the airplane electronic devices time limits (if you're flying), and having battery power. It simply isn't worth it to me. I carry a stack of paper magazine when I travel, rip out the articles of interest and discard the rest. At the end of the trip I have a light briefcase and a small set of pages to scan. While a uniform interface and quick boot capability (Kindle and iPad) help, the paper interface is still hard to beat for quick casual reading on a huge display format.
3D TV wasn;t a scam -- it's just that the first implementations (requiring special glasses) left a lot to be desired.
The most recent roadmap I've seen estimates the arrival of glasses-free 3D televisions as soon as 2015, followed by completely natural 3DTVs without any eye fatigue by 2022.
Also, there isn't an exponential increase in bandwidth for the transmitted signal for 3D TV -- all that is required is to transmit 2X the information (one for each camera/eye). The humongous processing takes place in the TV itself.
The newspaper idea is very applicable here in Portland Oregon where the local Oregonian is going to cease daily distribution of the printed version soon. Everything will be online, but I am still not comfortable having to scroll around, zooming in and out, especailly for short takes like the funnies :)
DrQuine, I agree with all the scenarios you mentioned in your comment. I've heard of such pitches as well. But then, the real question is, where are they now? What still needs to happen to make such cool ideas you mentioned to become a reality?
Just addressing the curved screen TV aspect of this, it sounds like they're trying to recreate the Cinerama experience at home. So what immediately comes to mind is, either you need a very wide screen to make this concept useful (in typical family rooms, at typical TV screen distances), or you will be creating a TV that only one or two people can watch simultaneously, seated in the "focal point."
The wider the screen is, the more people can be accommodated. I have to agree with those who compare this with 3DTV, except that AT LEAST, this time around, the scheme does not depend on really brute force, unimaginative transmission standards.
This remind me about the 3D TV scam that went viral for few years before people gave up on them. I would prefer an Ultra High resolution projector with build in 3D effect to do the same thing in a very compact portable form...with les energy and less damage to the environment.
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