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How Harry Potter Reads the News

October 28, 2008

In the Harry Potter books and movies, the newspapers of the wizard world are alive with moving photos and advertisements. The text doesn’t change, but all graphics play like short videos.

No longer is this the stuff of fantasy tomes. Today I watched the following video about a new type of e-ink technology (similar to what’s in my Kindle) that allows for graphics and advertisements to move. Someday maybe we won’t use paper at all for newspapers and magazines; instead, we’ll just own one piece of paper, replete with the living photos that make Harry Potter’s world seem that much better than ours.
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