Fancy a Cellular Book?
Telecom Italia and Polymer Vision have finally come to an agreement to develop the Cellular Book together. This unique device might look like some form of cellphone at the first glance, but it is actually a mobile device that comes with a rollable display which enables you to read various personal information, newspapers, and even electronic books. Dubbed the Cellular Book, it comes with a special Polymer Vision rollable display technology which offers readability that rivals that of printed paper under bright light.
This terminal will first be presented to the world at the 3GSM World Congress that will be held in Barcelona, Spain, next week so drop by if you’re in the vicinity. Unfortunately, the technology might be able to expand a display which is larger than the handset itself, but the lack of a backlight greatly diminishes its usability. Hopefully future iterations will see a change for the better. I like the idea of having a personal reader device that has a decent amount of reading space, unlike most of the other e-book readers that are available on the market.
It is also revealed that later versions will incorporate color and a moving image capable display. In the meantime, those who pick up the Cellular Book will be able to receive books and entire newspapers delivered via TIM’s mobile network. These information are stored inside the Cellular Book’s internal memory itself, with capacities that start from 4GB upwards. Additional capabilities include the ability to download and play music, audiobooks, and podcasts. There is no word on pricing or availability at press time.