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Digital Paper combines the simplicity of reading and writing on real paper with the convenience of digital features, including easy sharing across devices, searchable documents, and secure document encryption.
Writing and drawing feel as natural as on real paper, with the added benefits of highlighting and erasing with a flick of the pen, and turning the page without having to worry about keeping track of multiple sheets. The paper-like screen is glare-free, even in sunlight, and its high resolution displays clear, sharp text
Sony’s Digital Paper has a 13.3 inch display that shows full-screen views of letter-sized documents in the PDF format, eliminating the need to zoom or scroll when reading a page. The Digital Paper device retains the context of an entire page by displaying sharp, easy-to-read text and graphics that are nearly identical to printed documents or full-size notepads. The device’s touch panel enables users to operate the menu or turn pages by simply touching the screen. Using the included stylus, professionals can write fluidly and directly on the panel, and also easily highlight and erase text, for a familiar and comfortable writing experience.
In addition to PDF source files, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files can be converted to the PDF format and saved, viewed and annotated on the Digital Paper device. For speedy retrieval and transfer, Sony’s Digital Paper incorporates wireless access to servers (via Wi-Fi) as well as USB connectivity.
Key features and functions that make Sony’s Digital Paper relevant to the day-to-day activities of professionals include:
- World’s thinnest, lightest body among devices with comparable screen sizes (approximately 9/32″ and 12.6 oz.); slightly thicker than 30 sheets of paper
- 13.3 inch (screen size measured diagonally) electronic paper display
- High contrast display (1200 x 1600 dots), 16-level grayscale, incorporating “E Ink Mobius” technology from E Ink Corporation
- No backlight enables text to be read clearly, even in bright sunlight
- Built-in Wi-Fi functionality allows file sharing over a wireless network
- Rechargeable thin lithium-ion battery – up to 3 weeks use on a single charge
- AC adapter or USB rechargeable (computer-based charging)
- Storage – approximately 2,800 PDF files; internal memory of 4 GB coupled with micro SD card slot for additional storage
- Touch panel (IR touch) compatible with electromagnetic induction-type touch pen input
- Dimensions – Approximately 9 1/4″ width by 12 1/4″ height by 9/32″ depth (thickness)
- Weight – Approximately 12.6 ounces
Digital Paper is planned to be available in May, initially through a select group of Worldox agents, with a suggested list price of $1,100.
For more information, please visit www.sony.com/digitalpaper.
Here’s one that will have the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) watchers puzzling for the next day: Apple has reportedly rejected Sony’s Reader app from its App Store because it sells content within the app, and lets users access content that they purchased outside Apple’s own App Store. The news comes one day before Apple is supposed to take the stage with News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). to debut the new digital magazine The Daily.
The Sony Reader Store is designed to work both with Sony Reader devices and third-party hardware. Installed on other devices, such as an iPad, the Sony Reader app acts as a digital locker and lets users access their e-books, magazines and newspapers, as well as purchase more content.
The move throws into question what might happen with similar digital reading apps, such as the popular Amazon’s Kindle store. Like Sony Reader, the Kindle store is designed both to use with Amazon’s Kindle devices as well as third-party products for which the Kindle app is available. Up to now, users have been able to use the Kindle app to read already-downloaded/purchased content; as well as buy new publications.
There has been a lot of speculation over what Apple is planning to do in its next iteration of the app store, and this might be giving us a hint at what direction it hopes to go. Last month, when reports surfaced that Google was gearing up to develop its own “digital newsstand” for Android devices, there was also talk of Apple looking to revamp how it lets app publishers charge for content as well.
Up to now, there seems to have been a very mixed—and frankly confusing—in-app charging policy:
Not only does the Kindle app already allow what the Sony Reader app was trying to put in place, but when it comes to individual publications, there is no consistency (unlike old-fashioned paper mags which have very obvious and consisten purchasing channels). Some apps such as Newsweek‘s and the Economist‘s do offer subscriptions, but the norm seems to be paying for single issues, which means users have to keep returning to the iTunes store to keep reading.
But what is clear is that Apple has wanted to be the lynchpin when it comes to transactions in apps, routing all purchases through users’ iTunes accounts. It may well be that Apple plans to put more purchasing power and flexibility into its own system, and will be asking third parties like Sony to fall in line.
Or it could be, as it was with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Voice in the past, just one of those examples of a rejection later overturned for reasons we can only guess.
The new Sony PSP2 will be introduced in 2011 and will have 3G and a Amoled display. The japanese newspaper Nikkei has announced this preliminary details about Sonys PSP2.
In Japan, the 3G service will be provided by NTT DoCoMo.
The PSP2 will have also WLAN, and the 3G support will allow players to connect online everywhere.
Separate from the wireless functionality, the paper reports that the new PSP will make use of an OLED touch screen. Sony will also use a new processor for the PSP2.
Nikkei also gives us some informations about the Playstation-Phone its a smartphone that includes major game features. The Playstation-Phone features Googles Android system and will allow users to access non-game software like video and scheduling software.
Sony is expected to take the veil off the new PSP system at a press conference on the 27th. The PlayStation cell phone device is expected to be unveiled next month.
Every year in Japan, Sony holds a special Dealer Convention that shows off the latest products and a glimpse of what is coming. The event, held this year in Shinagawa, Tokyo, has always been interesting as sometimes reveals products and prototypes that Sony hasn’t even announced yet. While the big focus at this year’s Dealer Convention was 3D products, there was also a small exhibit showing a very exciting development that could one day be used in future Sony Reader devices.
Sony will begin selling updated versions of its Reader Pocket and Reader Touch devices today, but it is still months away from releasing its new Daily Reader with WiFi access. In practical terms, that means that Sony (NYSE: SNE) will not be directly competing with the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle and Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) Nook, but Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division, isn’t too concerned about that. “We like to say that we’ve been looking at the e-books market through a crystal ball and a rear-view mirror, and that has proven a lot of early assumptions we and others have made wrong,” Haber told paidContent during a demo of the new Readers. Among the surprises that Sony executives say they’ve discovered: WiFi isn’t that big a deal to e-book readers.
—Touchscreens across the board: The big news right now then is that all Sony Readers will now have touchscreens, along with a stylus for making handwritten notes and illustrations on top of the content “page.” The other major change is that all the devices weigh a bit less than their predecessors—a natural and expected progression, but one worth noting.
The new releases also boast a crisper display with new E Ink Pearl software and a screen designed to reduce glare to a greater degree than before. The prices of the three new devices range from $179 for the Pocket (available in silver or pink shells) to $299 for the Daily Edition (which comes in silver and black). One added bonus for the new Reader Touch Edition, which costs $229 for a black or red model, is that it now has 32GB of additional memory and the ability to play MP3 and AAC audio files.