New technology announced last week by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) just might herald a new era in virtual reading.
Its Smart E-book System aims to incorporate all our favourite features of reading a real book, including the ability to turn pages.
The "algorithm-based conversion technology" incorporates the off-screen border area of touchscreen devices, aka the bezel. This allows users to quickly flip through pages by sliding a finger from the bezel onto the screen, or vice versa.
Other features include the ability to control how many pages are flipped by varying either the number of fingers applied to the screen – two fingers for two pages, three for three, and so on – and bookmarking or cross-referencing different pages. Users are also able to draw the page number they want on the tablet, and it’ll immediately take them to that page.
It's not clear yet, however, whether any tablet manufacturers have expressed an interest in the technology.