Print becomes digital

Remember that time when we talked about how digital news was eventually going to lead to a flexible, portable piece of digital “paper” that could update the stories and photos in real time, like a copy of the Daily Prophet of Harry Potter fame?

Here you go.

The Daily Prophet metaphor has been used many times, mostly in connection with tablets. Now we’re talking about a flexible screen. There may be commercial applications (animated advertisements plastered on irregular surfaces), but I wonder how many retail consumers are going to want a digital broadsheet for breakfast-table or commuter-train reading. My guess is not many, when phablets have already taken their place as mealtime-reading devices.

But the development is one more bit of evidence closing the gap between print and digital. Print has become digital.


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