UK electronics firm Plastic Logic has unveiled a flexible, paper-thin tablet computer prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The Papertab – developed in collaboration with US chipmaker Intel and the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada – has a 10.7-inch e-ink display. It allows users to flip through pages by bending the corner of the display.
Users can transfer information between Papertabs by tapping one tablet with another. By placing several Papertabs side by side, users can also create a larger display surface.
“Plastic Logic’s flexible plastic displays are completely transformational in terms of product interaction,” Indro Mukerjee, chief executive of Plastic Logic, said in a statement. “They allow a natural human interaction with electronic paper, being lighter, thinner and more robust compared with today’s standard glass-based displays.”
Roel Vertegaal, director of the Queen’s University Human Media Lab, said most computers would “look and feel just like these sheets of printed colour paper” within the next five to 10 years.
CES – the world’s largest consumer electronics show – runs until January 11 2013. Look out for more detailed coverage of this year’s event coming soon from Stylus.