“Readius” Fold-Up e-Paper Reader is Now a Phone, Too

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Polymer Vision has been showing off this fold-out e-paper device for ages and it looks like it’s finally going to hit production. Surprisingly, though, it’ll share its chassis with a phone, reports Reuters.

Users will be able to set up their email accounts, news sources, podcasts, audio books and blog feeds at home on their computer, and the data is then pushed to the device whenever it is updated.

McGoldrick said the company opted to use this approach — which rules out quickly browsing the Web on the go — because it was simpler in a mobile environment.

No keyboard to start, but that’s fine. I don’t expect the “Readius” to be much of a game changer in this first model, but later iterations should explore one of the predominate visions of the near future, with scroll-like pull-out e-paper screens in full color.

No price or availability information yet, but I think it’s reasonable to expect you’ll have to lay out several bills for this one. Also, while this is the image from Polymer Vision included with the story, it looks exactly like all the mock-ups of the Readius I’ve seen in the past, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the shipping version look a little different.

Dutch firm launches phone with fold-away screen [Reuters.com]

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3 Responses to “Readius” Fold-Up e-Paper Reader is Now a Phone, Too

  1. Mycroft says:

    Ohhhhh dang. Now that is the kind of thing I have been waiting for with electronic ink. Between this sort of thing, and the ever decreasing physical size of solid state memory, it won’t be long before you can carry the entire library of congress and something to read it on in your shirt pocket. I think I need to be alone with some kleenex for a few minutes.

  2. cha0tic says:

    “We are taking e-reading and bringing it to the mobile phone.”

    This is nothing new. I’ve been reading e-books on my mobi’ for a while now. It’s one of the features I look for in a phone. Will it run mobipocket?

    Having said that…

    HOW FUCKING COOL IS THIS?

    Just imagine:

    An EEE PC and a roll out 19″ screen.

    An electronic version of the Ordnance Survey maps, a screen you can open up to about A3 size to view the map, then fold away & carry on walking.

    The guy that skillfully pastes the grid of posters on the massive bill boards is out of a job.

    “Can you pass me the remote please dear, I want to change the (e)wall paper pattern”

    The ‘Predator suit’ comes a step nearer.

    “…and as we go into the 20th lap here at Monaco, viewers will have noticed the Advertising on the Williams has changed, this is because Marlborough have paid to sponsor half this race Whilst Benson & Hedges are sponsoring the other half.”

    “…Then the bloody copper ‘rezzed’ the markings on the car & I realised I’d been followed by an undercover unit. They busted me”

    “…and this is Jean-Paul, he’s a(n) (e)fabric designer”

    You realise I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight as my mind whirls away coming up with neat ideas this could be used for. Now all I need is my silver suit & Hover board. Maybe the 21st Century isn’t going to be so disappointing.

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