Wednesday, April 8, 2009

An Idea: A NewsPaper with Touch E-Ink

Seth Godin claims that the end of the newspapers is near. So I thought I would propose something to the newspapers firms.

1. E-Ink Technology
My idea is to create an E-Ink paper (Electronic Ink).
This E-Ink paper is much better than the screen because it feels like reading a regular ink, yet it possess the electronic capabilities.
The paper can also be folded.

2. Built-in HSDPA
The paper includes a built-in HSDPA that allows the connection to the internet.3. Touch Sensor
This paper will have a touch sensor (you may call it the touch paper)
4. One Button
The paper will have one button only called update. Using this I can see today's newspaper with this button.

5. Horizontal Slide Flips the page
I can go to the next page with a horizontal slide (just like the IPhone) I can go to the previous page if I slide back.

6. Vertical Sliding Controls the Details
This is interesting, If you however slide vertically you will be able to control the level of details in the news! More details slide up.. less details slide down

7. Filter the News
Now here is the fun part, I can filter the news based on my favorites. Give me economic pages, show me the columns related to this author only etc..

The Technology Behind it
Now this cannot be done with the touchpaper alone. The newspapers must have some standard (e.g. XML). So every column can have a predefined tags like category and an author.

The newspapers company will win because they will save the printing costs and they will also save the editing costs in case of any editing error, in this case they just need to update the XML and that's it! Everybody gets it.