Can a Tablet Save Your Soul?

Back in October we wrote up the design for an absolutely astounding rollup tablet PC of the future. We were so knocked out by it that we titled our blog I Want One Today! and you may too after viewing the demo. But you’ll have to wait for the Orkin rolltop, for (as far as we know), it’s pure fantasy.

Though we don’t think that Apple’s soon-to-be-announced iSlate will be nearly as cool as Orkin’s, some commentators such as David Carr of the New York Times have succumbed to iSlate frenzy. In his “Media Equation” column Carr gushes about the rumored qualities of the iSlate: “I haven’t been this excited about buying something since I was 8 years old and sent away for the tiny seahorses I saw advertised in the back of a comic book.”

The title of his article is A Savior in the Form of a Tablet, and he says that for some tabletphiles the iSlate represents “the second coming of the iPhone, a so-called Jesus tablet that can do anything, including saving some embattled print providers from doom”.

We need to keep our heads a about this. First of all, we’re not sure Apple’s product will actually be called the iSlate, and for all we know Apple has booked an auditorium at the end of January to announce that it has discovered an app for the common cold.

We certainly don’t believe that the iSlate is the path to personal salvation. We do firmly believe however that tablets will put the e-book business over the top as colleges adopt them as standard equipment for their student bodies, and we’ve been saying that for years.

Perhaps you too are developing tablet frenzy. If you haven’t yet, you may after you click on the video in our original posting below.

Richard Curtis
Earlier today we predicted that five years from now there’ll be a tablet PC under every student’s arm. We were wrong. It won’t be under their arms. It will be suspended from their shoulders. Or at least it will be if PC manufacturers are smart enough to adopt Orkin Design’s Rolltop, astoundingly “rolled out” and then rolled back up again in the demo video below.

A writeup says, “The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer. By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily transforms into the graphics tablet, which with its 17-inch flat screen can be also used as a primary monitor. On top of everything else all computer utilities from power supply through the holding belt to an interactive pen are integrated in Rolltop. This is really an all-in-one gadget.”

We don’t know anything about the designer, but visit Orkin’s wonderland website for exquisite futuristic household designs (check out the barstools particularly). And some beautiful sculpture, too.



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