Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed technology that brings the realistic feel of flipping through pages to reading on tablets and smartphones.

The Smart E-book System recognizes finger pressure, drag time, and gestures beyond the typical e-reader, allowing users to do things like mark a page with their thumb or breeze through pages like an animated flip book.

The algorithm-based conversion technology detects touch on the circumference of smartphones and tablets, connecting them with events occurring within the screen.

"I hope that our technology will accelerate the wider use of e-books and contribute to Korea's endeavors to lead the development of software application technology for mobile devices," said Prof. Howon Lee.