Newsboy Color eReader Design Concept

Newsboy Color eReader Design Concept Blast from the Past I found a couple old concept videos over the weekend, and I thought it would be interesting to see how much has changed.

The Newsboy was originally conceived in late 2008. It was supposed to be a flexible tablet/ereader with a color E-ink screen. It was designed by Propeller, a Swedish  firm, in partnership with Halmstad University (Media IT), SVID, and the Swedish Newspapers’ Association as a part of the European project Diginews.

Aside from the flexible screen, there's nothing in the videos that would surprise us these days. Active email notifications? Old hat. Location aware ads? That was doable in 2009. Browsing the web when you should be working? Guilty as charged.

Still, it's interesting to see how much they got right. About the only detail wrong in the videos is the flexible screen. As great as the idea was, it didn't survive the iPad. And now that everyone is used to carrying around a 10" tablet, I'm not sure that we will ever see it.

If anyone wants to give me a Newsboy, I won't turn it down.


About Nate Hoffelder (10025 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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