BIO-Optic Organized Knowledge Device (BOOK)
The Mississippi State University English Department announces its employment
of a radically innovative technological device, the BOOK.
BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric
circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It is
so easy to use, even a child can operate it (fig.1).
Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere--even when sitting in an
armchair by the fire, yet powerful enough to hold as much information
as a CD-ROM disc.
Here is how it works: BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets
of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.
The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binding,
which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides
of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts
are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density.
For now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages.
Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into
the user's brain. A flick of the finger takes the user to the next sheet.
BOOK may be taken up any time and used merely by opening it.
BOOK never crashes or requires re-booting, though like other display
devices, it can become unusable if exposed to excessive amounts of rainwater,
coffee, or Jolt cola. BOOK's browse feature allows the user to move instantly
to any sheet, and to move forward and backward with ease. Many BOOKs include
an index feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information
for instant retrieval.
An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows the user to open the
book to any previously chosen sheet (such as the place where the user
last stopped reading) even if the BOOK has been turned off ("closed").
BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be
used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKmarks
can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views
at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in a book.
The user can also make personal notes next to the BOOK text entries with
an optional programming tool: the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication
Language Stylus (PENCILS).
Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor
of a new entertainment wave. In addition, BOOK's appeal seems so certain
that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform. Innovative
users of this technology include Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, James
Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Flannery O'Connor, Toni Morrison, and Geoffrey
Chaucer. BOOKs by all these creators, and more, are utilized by the MSU
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