[extropy-chat] Read All About It

Brian Lee brian_a_lee at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 12 16:14:14 UTC 2004

I've dropped quite a few books and magazines in the tub. It might spoil your 
first edition, signed Hemingway, but National Geographic dries out and is 
still readable. If the corner of a palm or laptop gets dipped or if the unit 
get splashed you could cause expensive damage and experience data loss.

It seems like some of the epaper options would be bathtub safe.

I want an ultrathin, plastic encased tablet or pda that can withstand a few 
feet of immersion.


>From: Adrian Tymes <wingcat at pacbell.net>
>To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
>Subject: Re: [extropy-chat] Read All About It
>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 09:02:21 -0700 (PDT)
>--- Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> > I'd rather have a rugged tablet or a wearable,
> > something I could drop or use
> > in the bathtub, with a battery life of 6-12 h. It
> > should be cheap, and back
> > itself up automatically, to not lose content ever.
>Hmm.  My Palm Tungsten C (pocket PDA, so as portable
>as a wearable) has been through a few adventures with
>me (let's just say it has survived impact trauma -
>though the extra case I bought for it helped), though
>it needed repairs the first time (a tougher case would
>probably have prevented this; they didn't sell such
>then, but they do now), and seems to display the
>necessary battery life.  It's a relatively high-end
>model, but I suspect one could find these properties
>in their sub-$100 models too.  Backing it up is a
>matter of putting it in its cradle (so it can
>recharge) and pushing a button; since it has to
>recharge somehow, which requires establishing a
>physical connection (short-range beamed power is not
>viable for household use...is it?), I don't see it
>getting much simpler than this.
>Which leaves the issue of the bathtub.  I've heard
>that from a number of people, even seen it in ads on
>TV, but...isn't that dangerous to paper?  I mean, if
>you're willing to take care not to get the paper wet,
>then it's just like a PDA: merely being near water is
>a far cry from being in it.  Dropping it in could ruin
>a book more likely than ruin a PDA, given the types of
>paper most books are made from.  There's no serious
>electrocution hazard from most PDAs that I know of, if
>that's the concern.  Am I not seeing something?
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