London, Jan 8 (IANS) A revolutionary tablet as thin and flexible as paper that can be twisted or dropped without suffering damage is set to be showcased soon in American city of Las Vegas.
Developed by Queen's University in Canada in collaboration with Plastic Logic and Intel Labs, it could lead to new virtually unbreakable gadgets, all as thin as paper.
The firm behind the screen has even shown off a radical new version of the office desk - with sheets of paper instead of screens. It plans to launch the screen later this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It has also shown off a concept for a new desktop - using sheets of paper for each app rather than a traditional screen with windows. The prototype PaperTab set to be shown off in Las Vegas looks and feels just like a sheet of paper, the firm says, the Daily Mail reports.
However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7 inches plastic display developed by Plastic Logic, a flexible touchscreen, and powered by the second generation Intel CoreTM i5 processor.
"This is just one example of the innovative revolutionary design approaches enabled by flexible displays," said Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Plastic Logic.
"Using several PaperTabs makes it much easier to work with multiple documents," says Roel Vertegaal, director of Queen's University's Human Media Lab.
For example, PaperTab allows a user to send a photo simply by tapping one PaperTab showing a draft email with another PaperTab showing the photo. The photo is then automatically attached to the draft email. The email is sent either by placing the PaperTab in an out tray, or by bending the top corner of the display.
Similarly, a larger drawing or display surface is created simply by placing two or more PaperTabs side by side. The bendable screens can work together, allowing users to move pictures between them with a single tap.