Digital paper might sound ironic. It is an interactive paper, which comes with digital pen. In a short interval this Sony digital paper has gained popularity and has proven itself to be an affordable and effective technology. The digital paper is of 13.3 inch and mostly discovered to be implemented in the universities for learning. The form factor of digital papers matches to the size of any A4 sheet or paper. The on-board digitizer allows user to scrawl over the electromagnetically induced touch screen.
Description and key features of digital paper
Sony has been planning to new and advanced working and learning styles by using this device apart from writing, storing and sharing electronic files over any network. In case of the digital paper, Sony has made a 13.3 inch simple and flexible electrophoretic display. It is larger in size than any typical e-reader and the weights of it are approximately 60 grams. Thickness of the digital paper is about 6.8mm. It has one pen holder. Excluding the weight of the penholder, it weight 358 grams. Digital paper supports file creation as well as handles PDF format. User is able to highlight as well as make notes within the document. It also supports sharing of notes or documents with the help of Wi-Fi. The device is attached with a stylus on a side.
One can use the digital paper with one charge for at least two to three weeks, assuming that the Wi-Fi is turned out and the PDF files should be viewed or used for an hour. This is mostly useful for those developing country students who don’t have supply of electricity at every point of time. It mainly relies on its own technology which forms TFTs with high resolution power on some plastic substrate. The display is unique and shows a gray scale of 16 levels. The pixel count of it is, 1200 x 1,600. It has a storage capacity of 4GB. Apart from this it has a slot for micro SD card that can be used for saving documents, if required. It has inbuilt dictionary that can be utilized by to discover the meaning of difficult words. There is facility of book marking that can be accessed with the help of touch screen. Another facility of storing memos, contacts, numbers or any shopping list can be saved.
Apart from all these features digital paper is not replacing the ipad or the tablet technology. It does not have any type of retina display. It is merely meant for taking notes and reading books. If this technology is implemented then it will be more worthwhile for those universities who can’t afford regular buying of the latest edition books. The popularity of this device will depend on the price factor. Sony has to make the price reasonable so that it can be purchased by the universities and the students.
The Sony digital paper is gearing its technology mostly towards the schools colleges and universities. These Digital papers aim at making the learning more comfortable, effective and efficient. It replaces the paper texts, documents and the materials provided in the universities as these are not so much comfortable to deal with.