Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Talk about Knight vision! “Mediamorphosis.” Cool tablet vision from Knight Ridder ca. 1994. “Newspapers can evolve into a new form of media...”

As a follow up to my last post on the death of printed newspapers...

So, who invented the tablet? I still give a hat tip to “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and his script writers.

But check out this vision from the mid-'90s from Knight Ridder's “Information Design Lab” talking about digital paper and tablets. (Knight Ridder was once a major American publisher of newspapers before being acquired.)

Knight Ridder exec, 1994: “Tablets will be a whole new class of computer...” Did Knight Ridder get their IPR issues in order?

[ Update: I would say that Roger Fidler ( and his team deserve more recognition for this. ]

Knight Ridder's Roger Fidler, Director of New Media & Information Design Lab from 1992 to 1995: “...our role is to ... develop long-range vision of where the newspaper industry is headed over the next five, 10, 20 years...” Note that this video was made in 1994.

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