Future Computing: Meet the Flexible Paper Computer

Paper Tablet

A collaborative project between Queen’s University, Plastic Logic, and Intel Labs has yielded one of the more exciting unveilings during CES 2013: a flexible paper computer. Dubbed the “PaperTab” tablet, the device looks and feels like a normal piece of paper, however, it’s fully interactive with a flexible, hi-resolution 10.7” touchscreen plastic display powered by a second generation Intel Core i5 Processor. What makes the PaperTab particularly easy to use is the fact that several apps or windows do not show up on a single display; rather, there are multiple interactive displays that work together. This unique design choice allows a user the ability to thumb through different pages and use one app at a time. “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 color paper.”


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  • Thinking they’re going to have to connect wirelessly. Those jumper cables don’t cut it.

    • Jason Carr

      Agreed Mark. As components/devices continue to get smaller in the future, I think this is a feasible assumption and will happen. Taking this a step further, I can see nano-sized wireless devices being incorporated that lets these update in real-time as well. That could of course be the future of media and I can think of countless uses in commercial apps. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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