Tablets and connected devices will create new and more pages. This opinion from some OEMs is that the smart devices are going to increase the bulk in pages, such as those printed from the internet. Though there has been an upsurge in the materials downloaded and printed, the expectations of future trends from experience is a decrease in pages, arising from the use of these devices.
The current norm is to print hard copies of everything, which is changing. The upcoming workforce of those below thirty are dispensing fast with more pages. When they go out, for instance, a smart phone is what they use to buy a meal in a restaurant or tickets to a theatre, using applications in the phone. The printed materials involved here would only be the tickets to the theatre. Bills are emailed, and payments made online.
This is the generation familiar with digital photo albums. For this youngsters and upcoming, there might be little use for printed photos.
Tablets and connected devices are coming out more efficient everyday that is making digitization the future. With an ipad(tablet computer released by Apple Inc.) huge savings can be made in printed materials and printing costs. According to knowledgeable sources, Alaskan airlines gave ipads to all their pilots and saved $ 800k in documents costs. Parents can give this device to their children and they can write, paint and draw at the mere touch of a screen.
Tablets and connected devices will increase the availability of documents more than increase the documents itself. During meeting ipad swipes can distribute the information to all the attendants. Other information can be shown on a beamer and the rest printed for in depth discussions.
Printing paper documents will greatly reduce because of the high availability of information. The lifespan of the print outs will reduce to a few hours because of ease of reprinting. In the Netherlands, the cradle2cradle paper concept has been introduced where old paper is collected and recycled and returned to the customer. The recycled paper takes to 83% less water (79 litres for 1 pack of paper) and 72% less electricity to produce than standard office paper, further saving costs.
The documents cost saving experienced by going digital is having even more applications in aviation. Another airline, Singapore Airlines has abandoned the paper version of its in-flight magazines on two of its aircrafts. The content of these magazines are available digitally on screens at the back of every seats.
According to Fipp’s Innovations in magazines 2011 World Report the airline is considering producing digital versions of over 100 other magazines carried in its cabins on more planes. They are also working on converting other in flight printed material such as menu cards to digital.
Fipp says airlines can save up to $440,000 per year for every 11.5 kg of paper weight eliminated from the aircraft by digitalizing.
However not everyone is enthusiastic about digitalizing in flight magazines and other printed material. Chief executive officer of Ink Publishing which publishes a range of in- flight magazines for clients such as easyJet and KLM, Jeffrey O’Rourke is quoted in an article appearing in the web saying that the digital magazines on planes is not something to focus on as it does not look like it’s a big channel.
However Paper will stay for a while but the iPad will sure change the way business users will use documents in knowledge sharing and communications