Canadian Researchers Make a Bendable Tablet

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  1. AlphaAtlas

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    Researchers from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University created a "tablet" that rolls up like a scroll. The device features a 7.5 inch, multitouch 2k display that can be used while extended or rolled up. A wheel at one end of the prototype can scroll through content, and it even features a camera for gesture-based controls. Check out the video below.

    "Eventually, our hope is to design the device so that it can even roll into something as small as a pen that you could carry in your shirt pocket," says Dr. Vertegaal. "More broadly, the MagicScroll project is also allowing us to further examine notions that 'screens don't have to be flat' and 'anything can become a screen'. Whether it's a reusable cup made of an interactive screen on which you can select your order before arriving at a coffee-filling kiosk, or a display on your clothes, we're exploring how objects can become the apps.
     
  2. Mister E

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    That is god awful. No thanks.
     
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    Get the same size screen in a far more compact form factor with a clamshell design. This rollup is unwieldy, unless they shrink it into a lipstick size device.
     
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    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
     
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    Oops, forgot the inconvenient things like batteries. You will have this tablet that will roll up to the size of a pen and then here is the boot sized battery pack cool huh?
     
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    Yeah no way people will go for that. Its too bulky
     
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    canadian-milk-bags.jpg

    seriously that is the most non ergonomic design ever.

    halp my phone is rolling away!
     
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    Is that a roll-up tablet or are you just happy to see me.
     
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    I know how much one costs.
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    I still wouldn’t mind one of the global communicator rollup units from Earth:Final Conflict! Even worked from the Secret underground lair
     
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    It does? I wonder if the wine in a box people are Canadian..
     
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    Top 10 university in Canada. Top 5 in engineering, medical, and law.. Yeah ... Queen’s.
     
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    Wow, apart from flexible screen tech demo this is quite possibly the most retarded device concept. Yeah, a digital scroll! Watch medieval tech support video on YouTube. lol
     
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    Sir, that's quite an ergonomic way for carrying money. I've since rolled my credit cards and have been content to toss my wallet- said no one....EVER.
     
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    This looks like something from an 80s or 90s sci fi movie imagining what tech will be like in 2030-2040.

    That said, I'm sure there is a practical use for this technology and I appreciate how the universities contribute to overall technological progress.
     
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    the Japs did it first years ago..
     
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    Way too cumbersome for me.
     
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    Yep, it does.
     
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    Well this is a start, but once they can get it down to that format it would be more appealing. I always liked those when I watched the show years ago.
     
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    We prefer the term 'Porch Climber Providers' to 'wine in a box people'.
     
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    More ways to track you and give you targeted ads....................:mad:
     
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    Lol, I went to U of T, so there's a natural hatred.

    And I guess we can add this ... thing... to that list now as well. It's like the shakeweight of tablets.
     
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    Who cares why ?

    As long as it has lots of RGB.
     
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    So sleek. So compact.
     
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    Bad implementation, but interesting concept. I think we will get the foldable screen technology working well, far quicker than we'll ever see small enough batteries that could power something that would be capable of folding it up into a pen size device.

    In the perfect world of it working, a pen size device with a big roll out screen would be sweet.... except I lose pens all the time, so probably not.