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Flexible 10.7″ PaperTab slate previewed

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Sci-fi movies have already shown us what the future is going to be like, and I think we are getting there faster than we thought we would. We will soon have google glasses produced for masses, and also self-driving cars are not too far. It would be interesting to have interactive newspapers. We have tablets right now, but we can’t really bend them, can we? Samsung had previously released a video, or a futuristic ad, which showed us a flexible tablet which can bend. The concept video showed us what kind of changes a flexible transparent 3D AMOLED display combo can bring in our lives.

Samsung had mentioned that the technology would make way into mass produced device ‘next year’, and the video was outed in 2011 to be exact, so it would be fair to say that Samsung hasn’t lived up to its promised. Nevertheless, the video was a treat for my eyes, and seems like we do have such a device in existence, but not from Samsung. PaperTab is a flexible e-paper tablet with high-res 10.7″ display. The device has been developed in cooperation with Intel for the Core i5 processing power, Plastic Logic and Queens’s University.

As you can see in the video, the tablet has a plastic touchscreen and body, both of which are flexible and can be bent. I’m not sure how durable it would be, but it does open up new ways of interacting with a tablet device. As shown in the video, you can have various gestures based on direction of deformation of the device’s screen. For example, you can bend the corner to flip through a page in a magazine stored in the slate, or touch the PaperTab device to another PaperTab device and share images. I’m guessing there is NFC at work underneath. Anyways, the guy uses a stylus to drag an image from one device and transfers into another, just like drag and drop.

The screen technology is also capable of working perfectly in various temperature zones, without any problems. The possibilities of such a device are endless. Since it is e-ink display, I’m guessing the battery life would be enormous. Having flexible plastic display instead of rigid glass displays is a great idea, and maybe we can have a wearable display that can take the shape of our hand, something like Nokia showed us long ago in a concept video. Also, this could change the way things work in the industry. As we all know, Gorilla Glass became popular because of touchscreen devices, and the new breed of flexible devices can effectively take them out of business. Also, there will have to be more innovation done in this field because circuits boards and processors aren’t flexible, so it is not possible to have a completely flexible device and some part of it has to be rigid in order to support the circuit chips and the battery. The device will be official showcased at CES which will kick off tomorrow. What do you think about flexible devices?

Source: Queen’s U

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