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Back in 1975, when I was a high school senior, my parents bought me an LED wristwatch. Its red numeric display showed the time, day, and date. I was very excited about it. My friend, Phil, on the other hand, asked me why I needed it. He said I just needed a watch to be able to tell time, and that unless it could make coffee or tell me the day’s Yankees score, my digital watch was pretty ridiculous. Phil was right, it wasn’t necessary. But it was fun and gave me pleasure so I kept wearing it. Sony’s Digital Paper System, Model DPTS1, is not just fun, it’s really useful, too. And while it can’t make coffee, it can tell me the latest baseball news and much more.
I’ve been using the Digital Paper System (DPS) for over a week and have gotten comfortable enough with it to take it through its paces. The first thing I noticed when unboxing it is that the reading and writing touch screen is actually the size of an 8.5” by 11” document. Really nice and far better than my laptop or my iPad.
Why not just use a real paper legal pad, you ask? After all, like a mechanical wristwatch, paper has proven itself for generations. Paper is real. It’s tangible. Pages can be stapled together and kept in a file— no worries about them disappearing (unless stolen or lost). Something electronic could magically disappear if the gizmo dies, gets stolen, is lost, or gets hit with an electromagnetic pulse (though, admittedly, this is less likely to happen.) This can be said for all computers—it hasn’t stopped most of us from trading in our typewriters for personal computers and tablets.
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