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Flexible Tablet Prototype Is Electronic Paper

The PaperTab flexible tablet PC splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another. (Source: Human Media Lab, Queen's University)
The PaperTab flexible tablet PC splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another.
(Source: Human Media Lab, Queen's University)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: I think I'm going to need a bigger desk
Ann R. Thryft   1/22/2013 11:49:53 AM
Elizabeth, this does not reduce the number of windows you have to look at for a given app and a given task. It makes it possible to lay them out like sheets of paper, each of which can access multiple windows. I suggest checking out the video--this is tough to describe in words.

TJ McDermott
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Re: Wireless?
TJ McDermott   1/22/2013 10:48:49 AM
tekochip - 

Think of them as a single large sheet of paper (say, C or D sized) that you could unfold or unroll.  The individual sheets may still be connected via the cables, but they'd be unobtrusive, I would think.

Several science fiction authors (Robert Heinlein in "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" comes to mind first) describe such displays.  In Heinlein's the two characters "unroll a game board" to while away some time.

The future cannot get here soon enough!

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tekochip   1/22/2013 9:51:58 AM
I really like this idea because it's intuitive and replicates what we are all used to doing.  The only downside I see is that the system is presently tethered with quite a few cables.  If they could reduce the system down to be wireless I think they would have a fantastic system.  Of course, it means we'll all be going back to having an overly cluttered desk.

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Flexible Tablet Prototype
apresher   1/22/2013 8:24:53 AM
Ann,  What is your take on the ability of a device like this to provide a good level of reliability? The idea is intriguing but it's difficult to foresee how it would handle the heavy stresses of daily use.

Elizabeth M
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I think I'm going to need a bigger desk
Elizabeth M   1/22/2013 6:35:09 AM
If I'm understanding this right, it should relieve the "eye crunch" of having to look at and consume myriad information adn files on a tablet screen...is that correct, Ann? That would be cool, though I'm not sure what to do with all of that intelligent paper!

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