Posts Tagged E-Paper

Two April Fools That Should Be April Truth. Yes, an iPad is Involved

Every April Fools the thousand thousand joksters that inhabit Internet and Twitter believe they are a thousand thousand times funnier than on any other day. We tend to ignore the day as best we’re able. Yet here are two items that managed to cross from the stream into consciousness and make us think, ‘this should be a real thing. It should happen.

And here they are:

1) Top Shelf Announces ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1988

Lisa(Weird Science), MacGyver(MacGyver), Doc Brown(Back to the Future), Mr. T (80s The A-Team ), and Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China) band together to fight the evilest evil of the 1980s. A mysterious shadow consortium known only as The Empire plots to destroy American icons from the inside out. The League failed once already. Superman III was a blight on many young souls.

Emboldened by this dastardly move, The Empire decides to go for the jugular. This time they will strike so hard, so ruthless, that no one would be spared. People would speak of the stench for decades to come. This time, The Empire would make the ultimate of all evil adaptations in order to weaken the spirits of geeks all over the nation. This time they will make Howard the Duck: The Movie.

The extraordinary League of 1988 has their work cut out for them.

Top Shelf, if you don’t make this vision come true, there will be blood.

2) iCade – iPad Arcade Cabinet

We have a very strong sense that in a month to two months time, this will become a reality. It’s not like this gag hasn’t happened before.

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iPad Frenzy: Comic Zeal V4 has Less Awesome App Demonstration, Still Manages to Impress

So why is this called Comic Zeal 4 and not Comic Zeal iPad?

The plan at the moment is to have both versions on the app store (this means that Comic Zeal 4 will be an additional purchase).

As the tools to do it become easier we’ll make version 4 iPhone compatible too and at that point we’ll stop development of version 3. Whilst both versions are on the store I’ll do my best to ensure that any big version 4 features that are feasible on the iPhone also make it into version 3.

So Comic Zeal Version 4 isn’t just for the iPad, at some point it will also be available for the iPhone, just not yet.

Read the complete tech and features write-up in its entirety at Bitolithic’s site.

(via Bitolithic)

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iPad Frenzy: iVerse Demonstrates Mobile Comics App Preview, +20 Hype Increase

The Application has been submitted and passed the initial approval stages, so we’re expecting it to be available on launch day. This is a Universal Application — so it will be the same App as the iPhone application — and all your iVerse Comics In App Purchases will transfer over to the iPad at no additional cost.

Below the cut you’ll find an awesome video of awesome digital comics being demonstrated awsomely.

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iPad Frenzy: “Captain’s Log” App Just Made Star Trek Geeks Wet their Pants

Let’s build some iPad hype, yes?

The PADD was a wondrous Star Trek device that damn damn near what any plot required in the 24th century.

The iPad is a wondrous 21st century device that Steve Jobs says will change the world as you know it.

The “Captain’s Log” is an iPad app that blends 21st century happenings with 24th century props. You bet your ass we’re gonna own the hell out of it once we own a second generation iPad.

UPDATE: Because nothing good lasts forever: ‘Star Trek app for iPad pulled after infringement complaint

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Panelfly to Make Digital Comics Look Exquisite on iPad

To date, this is the only reason the iPad interests us. Comics aren’t meant to be read on tiny mobile screens. They want to fit in your hand. They want to scroll vertically and horizontally without having to enlarge each panel to a readable size. According to Gizmodo, Panelfly and Sugercube put their heads together and created an app to be used specifically on the iPad.

The way the Panelfly iPhone app works is that you download the app for free from the app store and then add comics to your library through in-app purchases. Stephen Lynch, CTO and designer at Panelfly, hinted that the company is currently exploring several different purchase models for the iPad version…

Panelfly’s app would have sealed the deal for us buying the iPad this March. If only the damn thing played music or was half the current price point. Our iPod of many years recently gave up the ghost. The urge to replace our mini-music/podcast device grows greater everyday. If we wait to buy an iPad there’ll be no music. If we buy the iPod touch and the iPad we’d be paying twice for a singular device. it all boils down to the fact that paying iPod touch prices for a device that can only consume media is so 2007.

That and the fact we’re not a freaking millionaire.

(via panelfly, gizmodo )

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Google is Sneaky, Quietly Shares their Electronic Tablet Concept

While the world continues to express their like or dislike or lack of caring about the sexy, yet creatively impotent, Apple iPad, Google sneaks their ideas about what a fully functional electronic notepad should look and work.

Hey, Google! Have you met Bonner R&D?

Video under the jump.

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E-Bracelet. Slap Books, Photos, Videos on Your Wrist. Sweet.

My love for e-paper has not dimished.


(via geekologie, sparking tech)

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Organic Transistors are the Key to Cheap Electronic Paper

Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles, published a study Wednesday illustrating that single-crystal organic transistors can be mass-produced with a new technique. Typically, high-performance organic transistors are set by hand, making them rare in electronics manufacturing.

“This work demonstrates for the first time that organic single crystals can be patterned over a large area without the need to laboriously handpick and fabricate transistors one at a time,” Zhenan Bao, associate professor of chemical engineering, said in a statement. The study was published in the December 14 issue of the journal Nature.

The researchers devised a method of printing patterns of transistors on surfaces like silicon wafers and flexible plastic. The method begins with placing electrodes on the surfaces of these materials wherever they want a transistor, then producing a stamp (with the desired pattern) out of a polymer called polydimethylsiloxane, a common silicon-based polymer. Following that step, researchers coat the stamp with a crystal growth agent called octadecyltriethoxysilane, and a vapor of the organic crystal material causes the single crystals to grow. A transistor is formed when those crystals bridge with the electrodes.

(via engadget and cnet)

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Electronic paper will turn cereal isles into Las Vegas

wiresiemens-008_f.jpgThe cereal aisle at your local supermarket may soon resemble the Las Vegas strip. Electronics maker Siemens is readying a paper-thin electronic-display technology so cheap it could replace conventional labels on disposable packaging, from milk cartons to boxes of Cheerios.

In less than two years, Siemens says, the technology could transform consumer-goods packaging from the fixed, ink-printed images of today to a digital medium of flashing graphics and text that displays prices, special offers or alluring photos, all blinking on miniature flat screens.

“When kids see flashing pictures on cereal boxes we don’t expect them to just ask for the product, but to say, ‘I want it,'” said Axel Gerlt, an engineer at Siemens tasked with helping packaging companies implement the technology.

(via wired)

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