The recent SyFy series Battlestar Galactica series was incredible. A captivating vision of our pre-history. I’ve tried watching the follow-on series Caprica, which takes place sixty years earlier, but haven’t yet been drawn in. The show, however, has an interesting technology…
When a character in Caprica wants to “go online” (or whatever it’s called in their era) or exchange information, they do so through what, at first, looks like a piece of paper. The paper appears to have graphics projected onto it — and it recognizes touch and gestures. It has the qualities of a super-thin and flexible screen with built in wireless communications.
It’s great to see the folds and texture of paper and how they affect the display and influence the interaction. A tactile, yet very informal, way of using digital media. Very similar to how we currently treat paper.
But the interfaces don’t seem fully thought through. I can’t tell if the paper is single-use or disposable — as characters use both new and old, used and creased, sheets. The pages don’t seem to hold a lot of information. And they don’t show dealing with large amounts of dense content.