This is the kind of handheld reader that I think folks are waiting for. According to TeleRead, Polymer Vision announced that the "Cellular-Book" will become available through a marketing relationship with Telecom Italy this year. The electronic ink will appear on a 5-inch rollable screen and the device will also sport 4 GB of memory; storage capacity in eBooks has been traditionally low, so this is fantastic.
"The rollable display enables reading entire newspapers as well as books that can be delivered and bought through TIM’s mobile network via a regular SIM Card within the device – and then stored in the terminal’s memory which will be extremely large (starting from 4 Gigabytes available in the first models).
Combined with TIM’s mobile services, the device will permit instant access to personalised data, e-mail, news, information feeds and location sensitive maps wherever and whenever. The always-on user experience is made possible through an optimised combination of cellular (EDGE/UMTS) and broadcast (DVB-H IP data-casting) mobile functionalities as well as a mini-USB slot for PC and wired/wireless broadband data connection.
Together with superior text and graphic content, the new device will also download and play music, audiobooks and audio podcasts. Featuring single-handed navigation and control via an innovative touch sensitive LED user interface, as well as intuitively simple software, users will enjoy a new unique experience in managing, accessing relevant and personalized high value content. With the extremely low power consumption of the display, the new device will deliver an exceptional 10 days of average usage time between battery charges."
Watch for more details next week in Barcelona. Maybe we should have gotten tickets for the 3GSM show?