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What will they think of next?

Philly the Kid (apriori@slip.net)
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 13:30:18 -0800

>Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named
>BOOK.
>
>BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric
>circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on.
>
>It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it
>can be used anywhere-even sitting in an armchair by the fire-yet it is
>powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.
>
>Here's how it works:
>
>BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable),
>each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are
>locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the
>sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows
>manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information
>density and cutting costs.
>
>Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information
>density; for now, BOOKS with more information simply use more pages. Each
>sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your
>brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.
>
>BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.
>
>BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though like other display
>devices
>it can become unusable if dropped overboard. The "browse" feature allows
>you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you
>wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which pin-points the exact
>location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
>
>An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact
>place
>you left it in a previous session-even if the BOOK has been closed.
>BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be
>used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOK markers
>can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at
>once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.
>
>You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an
>optional
>programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication
>Language Stylus (PENCILS).
>
>Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of
>a
>new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain that
>thousands
>of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are
>reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.
>