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Flexible, Networked E-Ink Displays Mimic Physical Documents


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A user handling the e-ink displays of the Paper Tab project.

The Paper Tab project includes three networked, flexible e-ink displays.

Credit: Nick Barber

Queens University researchers at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference unveiled electronic ink displays that can bend as a form of input. Called Paper Tab, the display comprises three wired, flexible grayscale e-ink displays that allow users, for example, to respond to an email by bending the top left corner of the display and then typing a message with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Computers and tablets are limiting because "you're stuck with this portal through which you have to do all your interactions," says Queens University Media Lab student Annesh P. Tarun, who created PaperTab. He hopes to make a thinner, wireless version of PaperTab, which currently must be wired together.

The researchers demonstrated how one screen could function as an email inbox, with the second screen loading full-screen messages that are tapped on the first screen. A photo displayed on the third screen was attached to the email when the third screen was tapped on the second screen, and the top left corner of the second screen was folded to send the message.

At the CHI conference two years ago, Queens University displayed the Paper Phone, a flexible, e-ink smartphone that was controlled in a similar way.

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