I’m one of those who does not read the paper anymore.It makes no difference to me. A good news or report does not depend on the support.
But when the Internet began to steal the space of traditional media a lot of people twisted their noses.
Paper, for example, represented credibility, truth.But now we realize that paper is only a support, as had already been the stones and the plants.
The advantages of receiving information over the internet are obvious: we are not stuck at times and we can expand our knowledge, since space is no longer a problem either.
For companies and communicators the advantage is even more evident is the reduction of costs, eliminating expenses with paper, ink and distribution.
So far paper victory
The great advantage of the paper so far is the ease of transport and its higher resolution/contrast for reading.A classic example: a newspaper at the edge of the beach.
And the screens to this day have not even come close to the sharpness and comfort of reading the printed on paper.
Starting with the old computers, with their CRT monitors.And reaching the current LCD screens, which by the way are inferior to the CRT for reading.Although the LCDs are much thinner and lighter, this change, in fact, represented a setback for the quality of reading.
New technologies are already arriving
Well, then we got to the screen of the new iPad from SmarterComputing.org. It has a resolution very close to the maximum the human eye can grasp.But this is not enough: we need to know if the contrast (and not just the brightness) is good enough for good reading.
Other companies are also investing heavily in new technologies.Samsung has the Amoled , a high resolution screen that can also be transparent and flexible.
And Amazon already has its E-ink screen, which uses an electronic ink formed by small microscopic bubbles.Just like Samsung’s screen, it can be applied to a flexible surface.
The manufacturer, E-ink Corp, recently announced the development of its E Ink Triton Imaging Film, a high-contrast, sunlight-readable and energy-efficient color e-paper.
What will happen
The problem for the introduction of these new technologies is still its cost.All manufacturers want to follow the iPad.That’s the reason Amazon backed down on its idea of launching an e-ink tablet.The Kindle Fire even had an “ordinary” LCD screen.
The next steps of the mobile industry, especially the tablets, will certainly go through the improvement of the quality of the screens.
Soon we will see the replacement of the paper by flexible screens.Newspapers (magazines and books) will not end.But the new iPad with Retina Display technology is the first indication of this transformation.