• 02.02.10

Could Shapeshifting E-Readers Speed Up the Transition from Paper to Electrons?

Fabian Hemmert

Which is the better e-reader: the Kindle or the iPad? It’s impossible to say for at least one reason–neither provides the physical feedback we expect from turning the pages of a paperback book. Until an e-reader arrives that can simulate physical interaction, many people will prefer to stick with dead trees. But designer Fabian Hemmert thinks such a simulation could be possible. He imagines an electronic device that could shift its weight or size to indicate how far along you are in a book, or a cell phone that could react to touch like a physical being. Sound crazy? It might not seem so far-fetched after watching Hemmert explain his ideas in this video from TEDxBerlin.


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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.