[extropy-chat] Read All About It

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 01:01:53 UTC 2004

Nice points about the bath, me too on all those.

What I *want* is a HUD that somehow just works without me wearing much
in the way of gear (a pair of glasses might be ok). I want text to
just float out there, invisible to everyone else. No holding a book,
that's too much like hard work.

I guess I'd need an input device of some kind; maybe little finger
thimbles that let you point & click, somehow sensing where your
fingers are in relation to the virtual display? Yeah!


On Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:14:14 -0400, Brian Lee <brian_a_lee at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 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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