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"Smart E-book" turns the page on reading technology

Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 01:42

Jan. 23 - South Korean researchers have come up with an electronic reading device designed to recreate the experience of flipping through the pages of a book. Spurred by continued demand and nostalgia for traditional books, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology says its Smart E-Book takes a technological step forward by looking back. Andrew Schmertz reports.

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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. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) LEE HOWON, KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SAYING: "Our version of 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 be also differed 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 recognises pressure on the frame surrounding the screen. Together they allow a user to turn pages as though the E-book was a paper- back, infusing an old world experience into new world technology...and with luck says Howon, South Korea's classrooms as well. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) LEE HOWON, KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SAYING: "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 PC." And one added benefit - while it recreates the experience of flipping pages, it doesn't recreate the experience of the papercut. Andrew Schmertz, Reuters

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"Smart E-book" turns the page on reading technology

Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 01:42