After the introduction of the iPad in 2010, focus has shifted away from traditional eReaders. The leading manufacturers in the field — Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo — have all since introduced small tablets that are only e-readers in terms of software. The evolution of the e-ink reader is no longer on the forefront of most tech enthusiast’s minds.
But that hasn’t stopped a company called Paperus from trying something new. And by something new, we really mean it. As you can see above, Paperus’s concept video shows a pen-shaped device that lets you read by simply rotating it. It isn’t clear what tech is behind the device, or if it is even going to be manufactured. What we have is a concept video, a notice of “patent pending,” and a German website that promises “the new star will be born.”
What we do see in the video is a cylindrical concept device that scrolls through text as you rotate it. The only input methods (aside from twisting it) are touch-sensitive buttons on either side. Tap the left side for menu options, tap the right side to make a selection. The device also plays audio, and has a headphone hack on the left side.
What is the display technology? Will it have wireless connectivity? Would anyone want to use this thing? These questions are unknown at the moment. This could be nothing more than an artist’s interpretation of a primitive idea, but if it does come to market, this gadget would likely only have a niche following. Such a tiny screen wouldn’t likely steal many sales away from Kindles or Nooks. Customers who want greater portability in reading can already use their smartphones.
We wouldn’t expect to see these in stores anytime soon. If they do make it to the US market, they’ll likely sit on shelves, collecting dust. Still, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to see a unique idea brought to life by videographers.
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