Sony’s giant, $700 e-paper tablet is a great example of Weird Sony
For years, science fiction has promised that one day, technology will make paper obsolete. Instead of carrying around folders of dead trees and bulky books, we’ll use miraculous tablets instead that can store a limitless amount of information and knowledge in a single, easy-to-carry form factor. This is the idea that’s driving Sony’s newest digital paper tablet, the DPT-RP1.
Sony has actually been trying to put paper out of business for a while. While Amazon’s Kindle e-readers may be the household name these days, it was Sony’s Librie that pioneered the use of an E Ink display for reading. (The DPT-RP1 itself is an updated version of Sony’s original digital paper effort, the DPT-S1.)
The DPT-RP1 offers a similar…