New smart e-book system more convenient than paper-based books

January 10, 2012
The new technology allows turning over pages by fingers and speed, time, and gesture recognition. Credit: KAIST

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) announced today that its research team headed by Professor Howon Lee from the IT Convergence Research Institute has developed a technology that will make reading on smartphones and tablet PCs easier than now.

The , called the "Smart E-book System," allows users of smartphones and tablet PCs to effortlessly flip through the pages of an e-book or cross-reference its contents, just as they would with paper-based books and magazines.

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Unlike conventional displays and user interface technologies, where users' finger movements are locked within the screen of display, the Smart E-book System recognizes finger touches made beyond the screen.

Finger bookmarking enables readers to remember and quickly return to pages of interest. Credit: KAIST

In other words, this algorithm-based conversion technology detects "touch and entry events" on the bezel () of smartphones and tablet PCs and connects them with the "events" occurring within the screen, thereby preserving compatibility with traditional e-book interfaces while providing users with new functions. Therefore, users can readily flip the pages of an e-book from the start-up screen without entering any function keys or touching the screen.

Skimming through the pages of a book, a feature that was previously unavailable with e-books, is also possible through 3D rendering of the contents on the pages being flipped. A bookmark function allows users to conveniently go back and forth between pages of interest. In addition, the system has a "multi-touch" function as well as a smart capability of recognizing dragging time, finger pressure, and finger gestures.

The new technology allows for page folding and flipping. Credit: KAIST

Professor Howon Lee said, "I hope that our technology will accelerate the wider use of and contribute to Korea's endeavors to lead the development of technology for mobile devices."

Professor Lee and his research team have filed 11 patents for the Smart E-book System in Korea and abroad.

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1.5 / 5 (8) Jan 10, 2012
My wife uses a Kindle and I read on my smartphone sometimes but nothing can beat the weight, feel, smell, and atmosphere of a good book. Besides, how can you show off your impressive library of books on your bookshelf if they are all digitally stored?
4 / 5 (1) Jan 10, 2012
My wife uses a Kindle and I read on my smartphone sometimes but nothing can beat the weight, feel, smell, and atmosphere of a good book. Besides, how can you show off your impressive library of books on your bookshelf if they are all digitally stored?

Agreed, but too many books are bound in a way that makes it hard to keep them open unless you open it smack in the middle. I certainly prefer to read on an iPad/Kindle. Just wish iPad wasn't so heavy.
1 / 5 (2) Jan 10, 2012
They stole this idea from Skyrim...
not rated yet Jan 10, 2012
Funny thing is, this way of page flipping is actually quite distracting, time consuming and at all... If we would spent whole life with electronic documents, we would consider them natural and we would be annoyed with convenient paper flipping a much more. IMO people evolved mild genetic preference for handling with paper books over last centuries in the same way, like the talent for handling with another technologies.
3.6 / 5 (5) Jan 10, 2012
I agree with your point but I don't think it is genetic or evolutionary at all, it's just a learned behavior. This generation growing up from infancy using these e-readers may find them much more convenient and natural than a paper book.
3 / 5 (2) Jan 10, 2012
Beats the hell out of those stone tablets god uses.
4.8 / 5 (4) Jan 11, 2012
For travel I can see the use. I never know what I'd like to read from one day to the next or I might decide spontaneously to switch between books on a flight or on the beach. Lugging around a suitcase full of books or papers is not an option.

But the idea of using the bezel as an intractive surface is clever. Keeps the main display from smudging up.

At home I prefer real books.

IMO people evolved mild genetic preference for handling with paper books

I think you're stretching what genetics does a bit far, here.
I hardly suspect that flipping real books or electronic ones confers a survival or breeding advantage either way which would be necessary for a genetic component to come into play.
5 / 5 (2) Jan 15, 2012
I don't require the image of a page moving like real paper. I'm quite happy with the understanding that I'm using an electronic device that is capable progressing through a pageless book without animation or 'swipe gesture'.

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