CES 2013: Plastic Logic PaperTab Flexible Tablet Could be the Future of Paper [Video]

PaperTab, a fully-flexible tablet prototype designed by Canadian university researchers, Plastic Logic and Intel, has been unveiled at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) is devoted not only to new devices, but also new technology, like a new incredible tablet with a sheet-paper-size that can be twisted and dropped without damage which has been revealed today.

The device was developed by scientists at Queen’s University in Canada and Plastic Logic and will be demonstrated in Las Vegas on January 8.

The developers have also unveiled a concept for a new desktop – using sheets of paper for each app rather than a traditional screen we all are get used to.

As The Daily Mail explains, instead of using several windows on a single display, now users have at their disposal ten or more interactive displays or ‘PaperTabs’, with each being a different app.

The showed off tablet can also be used as e-book, with users simply bending the screen to turn pages.

“Using several PaperTabs makes it much easier to work with multiple documents,” says Roel Vertegaal, Director of Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab.

Intel assured that the performed technology could even replace traditional screen altogether.

“Within five to ten years, most computers, from ultra-notebooks to tablets, will look and feel just like these sheets of printed color paper,” said Ryan Brotman, Research Scientist at Intel.

The developers claim it could even replace paper altogether.

“PaperTab can file and display thousands of paper documents, replacing the need for a computer monitor and stacks of papers or printouts,” it said.

“Unlike traditional tablets, PaperTabs keep track of their location relative to each other, and the user, providing a seamless experience across all apps, as if they were physical computer windows.”

He continued: “For example, when a PaperTab is placed outside of reaching distance it reverts to a thumbnail overview of a document, just like icons on a computer desktop.”

“When picked up or touched a PaperTab switches back to a full screen page view, just like opening a window on a computer.”

The prototype sheet-sized tablet looks and feels just like a sheet of paper, its creators say.

However, the device is reported to be fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7” plastic display developed by Plastic Logic.

The revolutionary tablet also features a flexible touchscreen, and powered by the second generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor.

“Plastic Logic’s flexible plastic displays are completely transformational in terms of product interaction.”

“They allow a natural human interaction with electronic paper, being lighter, thinner and more robust compared with today’s standard glass-based displays.”

“This is just one example of the innovative revolutionary design approaches enabled by flexible displays,” said Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Plastic Logic.

Roel Vertegaal, Director of Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab, said: “Using several PaperTabs makes it much easier to work with multiple documents. Within five to ten years, most computers, from ultra-notebooks to tablets, will look and feel just like these sheets of printed colour paper.”

“We are actively exploring disruptive user experiences,” Ryan Brotman, a research scientist at Intel explained in a statement.

“The ‘PaperTab’ project, developed by the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University and Plastic Logic, demonstrates innovative interactions powered by Intel Core processors that could potentially delight tablet users in the future,” he added.

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