Using your phone to read the news has three major downsides:
- You have to hold your phone. You could easily drop it!
- It uses battery life, which might be in short supply depending on how often you can charge your phone.
- A barrage of linked “clickbait” articles (with interesting photos) attempt to lure you away from reading any serious journalism.
Here, we propose to re-introduce newspaper kiosks, but with a twist: instead of providing a newspaper, the kiosk simply prints the day’s news onto your arm, as mocked up in Figure 1.
Then, you can easily read it at your leisure, without being distracted by phone messages, annoying ads, and low-battery indicators.
The result of this printing apparatus is shown in Figure 2.
The mockup looks quite successful so far, but there is a caveat that will restrict its market size, shown in figure 3.
Fortunately, there is practical enhancement that will improve the experience for everyone (Figure 4).
Perhaps this would be a way to resurrect print journalism.
PROS: Provides great way to stay up-to-date on current events without being distracted by ads and clickbait articles. This will lead to an informed electorate and strong democracy.
CONS: Of limited utility in ares where short-sleeved shirts are not worn. Ideal test market would be a tropical location with a casual dress code.
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