The ability to flip pages is lost on the typical electronic book.
But that’s about to change.
A team led by Lee Howan, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has reproduced the centuries-old experience of turning the page. As Howan states:
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“Our version of the e-book has four functions.” First, it can flip the pages. Second, it can bookmark. Third, the number of pages turned over can be different according to the number of fingers [touching the touchpad]. Fourth, the number of pages turned over can also differ according to a number written by a user on touchpad.”
The Smart E-Book combines two technologies – one that responds to finger movements on the screen and another that recognizes pressure on the frame surrounding the screen.
Together they allow a user to turn pages as though the E-Book were a paperback, infusing an old-world experience into new-world technology. And with luck, says Howan, South Korea’s classrooms, too…
“The education ministry is planning to propagate e-books to elementary schools by 2015. I hope our e-book can be used in the area. And then internationally, we would like to see our technology to be commercialized by companies producing e-books or tablet PCs.”
Another added benefit? While it recreates the experience of flipping pages, it doesn’t recreate the experience of the paper-cut.