Documenting the Coming Singularity

Thursday, February 04, 2010

It's a bird! It's a book! It's Superkindle!

NYT - 2.3.10 (by Nick Bilton)

If you were Amazon, and Apple released the iPad, what would you do? Scurry away into the corner, or buy a small company in New York and use its technology to build a Superkindle, with a multitouch color screen and built-in applications? If you guessed the latter, you’d be right.

In an article I wrote with Brad Stone, we reported that Amazon has acquired Touchco, a New York start-up that was developing flexible, transparent, force-sensitive multitouch panels.

I profiled Touchco in a blog post last month, explaining how its technology could potentially enliven a new round of touch-screen devices. Instead, it might breathe new life into one device in particular: Amazon’s Kindle.

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