Intel, Plastic Logic and Queen's University unveiled a paper-thin prototype tablet dubbed the "PaperTab" at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. The laptop is made from a flexible, nearly indestructible 10.7-inch plastic screen that users and bend and touch to change the display. It runs on a Sandy Bridge-era Core i5 processor.
The PaperTab was created as part of Queen's University's Human Media Lab research to replace paper with a color display. Multiple PaperTabs can be place side-by-side to view them on-screen to add to the space on a monitor. Users can have 10 or more communicating displays instead of crowding a main display with multiple apps or windows.
Users can also control the devices by tapping them or bending the corners where flex-sensors are located. The device will also keep up with its location, minimizing to a thumbnail when out of reach and switching back to a full-screen page when touched or picked back up.
The PaperTab can also file and display thousands of paper documents replacing the need for a computer monitor and stacks of papers or printouts. One PaperTab can hold a 100-page document, for example.