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It's Coming: A True Replacement for Paper

• Christopher Mims via

The notoriously secretive, English language-challenged, and so far entirely vaporware company NoteSlate just rumbled to life on its Twitter account, announcing that the company had finally discovered the technology required to realize its vision. Unfortunately, the technology would mean exceeding the device's originally planned price of $99.

The fact that this makes the company, which is apparently nothing more than a website set up by 29-year-old Czech product and furniture designer Martin Hasek, no more likely to ever release a working version of its inexpensive note-taking tablet is irrelevant. Hasek has already completed all the market research any competitor would ever need to justify coming out with a working clone of his vision, and they will.

The Long Nose of Innovation: Bill Buxton
To understand the forces at work here, it helps to understand Bill Buxton's concept of the "long nose" of innovation. The metaphor here is that the "next big thing" is already with us, and it's just slowly poking its nose out before it comes fully into view. Technologies that will be disruptive in the next 10 years are all around us at the research and development stage, because that's how long it takes to perfect a technology and get it to market.

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