Paper tablet computer revealed
Queen’s University, Canada, in collaboration with Plastic Logic, UK, and Intel Labs, USA, have developed a flexible paper computer that looks and feels just like a sheet of paper. However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7” plastic display developed by Plastic Logic, a flexible touchscreen, and powered by the second generation Intel Core i5 Processor.
Instead of using several apps or windows on a single display, users have ten or more interactive displays or “PaperTabs”, one per app in use. “Using several PaperTabs makes it much easier to work with multiple documents,” says Roel Vertegaal, director of Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab. “Within five to ten years, most computers, from ultra-notebooks to tablets, will look and feel just like these sheets of printed colour paper.”
According to the participating company PaperTabs are lightweight and robust, so they can easily be tossed around on a desk while providing a magazine-like reading experience. By bending one side of the display, users can also navigate through pages like a magazine, without needing to press a button.