E-readers have come a long way and it's not uncommon to spot one or two being used by commuters on their way home. While the reading experience has improved significantly, especially when using devices with e-Ink displays, none of the devices on the market quite replicate the experience of reading the newspaper. The Page is one of the first e-reader concepts that comes quite close to capturing the newspaper reading experience. The Page by Manny Darden, Jae Yeop Kim, and Scott Liao puts the convenience of e-reading tech into a device that invokes the feel of newspaper. Seeking to create an e-reader that would be familiar, classic, and adaptive, the designers have created a unique device that is surely the future of newspapers.
The Page makes use of a semi-transparent e-Ink screen to display images and text with great clarity even in outdoor lighting situations. This high tech device would include fingerprint recognition which is what allows the user to quickly log in for a personalized reading experience. The device is also quite flexible both in terms of construction and content. The Page can fold in a variety of ways, from folding away 6 inches to provide for an easier rush hour subway reading experience to folding in half so that the device can stand on its own providing for a hands-free reading experience. Like the physical construction of the device, content is also flexible, users can directly interact and alter content as if they are browsing the web.
We enjoy reading using our e-readers, but we do find that there is something missing from the reading experience when it comes to reading the newspaper on an electronic device. From the look of the images of this prototype we think that The Page could be just the device we are looking for. We love the aesthetic and flexibility of this device. We also love how it folds to provide a hands free reading experience, perfect for reading "the paper" during breakfast! Frankly, we think this device is pretty amazing and would love to own one.
What do you think? What do you think the future holds for newspapers? Would you want to own The Page?
To read more about this device, check out The Page.
[via The Design Blog]