Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

Summary: A concept video of a roll-up computer that would beat the pants off the iPad -- and you can use it as a yoga mat.

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It's obviously a concept, but this video by Orkin Design shows what could be in store for the future of tablet computing. The video reminds me of those futuristic digital paper concept videos that surface now and again.

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.

Topics: iPad, Hardware, Laptops, Tablets

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  • Pretty much the logical extension to rollup keyboards

    It may very well be doable in the next few years, if not now. Let's wait and see how it turns out.
    Tony Agudo
    • I rather think that they'll be doing the roll up thing...

      For giant home screens. Mind you, it'd be fun to see how it all could work in a laptop/tablet/pad or whatever.
      zkiwi
  • RE: Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

    I don't think I would want a roll-up that close to my eyes. From the image it would appear that for the curved part your eyes would have to re-focus a lot which might generate fatigue, and having to assemble a laptop rather than pop it open might be kind of annoying. On the the other hand a roll away screen or a roll away TV for the home would be kind of cool. No more big permanent cabinetry for storage/support.
    bhaydama
    • Wow!...

      Kool and futuristic in one concept. I would like to have one -- Kool!!
      eargasm
  • I want folding paper touch screens!

    Basically imagine a block of electronic touch sensitive paper folded up in a block the size of candy bar cell phone.

    Completely folded up it works as a smartphone

    Unfold some of it and you have a airplane sized laptop.

    Unfold more and you have a full sized laptop.

    Unfold more and you have a big screen computer

    Unfold it completely and you have a huge screen television.

    Add in some sound and networking and you have the device of the future.
    mr1972
    • Sweet!!

      I need one of these.

      Would make a great interactive wallscreen for an entertainment room or workspace....
      rhonin
    • RE: Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

      @mr1972

      ROLLTOP forums:
      http://www.rolltopforums.com
      rolltop
  • RE: Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

    You'll age a few years before it appears, if at all...
    winesipper
    • And he looks old enough already! (NT)

      N T
      The Danger is Microsoft
    • They said the same about,...

      wireless communications, the internet, ipad and ipods, tablet pcs, etc,etc....
      eargasm
  • RE: Display Question

    Not totally sure but that one and the CSI: Miami one kind of look like a Microsoft Surface.
    barry@...
  • Special Effects

    That's all.
    JonA_z
  • Just keep waiting...

    in the mean time, I (and many others) will take advanatge of
    the real technology that exists in the here and now.
    JonA_z
  • RE: Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

    I'm sure that's in Apple's stock collection of designs. Logically it
    would need to be less flexible to work without damage and
    breakage.
    jeff.fostermedia@...
  • Very bad design...

    When rolled up it has exposed, open seams...
    Seams that would attract a ton of gunk and
    junk...

    Lame...
    i8thecat
  • RE: Forget the iPad, I want a Rolltop

    You know, with what I've seen over the past 40+years,
    ANYTHING is possible. Hell, just in the past 10years, with greater
    RAM, HUGE amounts of storage in SMALL HD's, OS's and
    software-not to mention web apps and "cloud" computing...the
    possibilities seem endless. Heck, I remember Jughead &
    Veronica, BBS's, then compuserve, freenets...my ex kept an early
    80's HD in our garage-it filled half a single car garage!! Of course,
    he was a boyhood neighbor of Jobs...lol, we met when I was on a
    listserve on my brand new Apple, he was on it on his Unix box...
    Anyone remember Plato? We had the first PC in any school in FL
    in the 70's-was connected to FSU's "Super Computer".
    LostAndFound07
    • Liar. Find a new life. Quit lying about HD space. (NT)

      NT
      The Danger is Microsoft
    • [Off Topic] ...remember Plato?

      Yes, fantastic system for its time (see... http://thinkofit.com/plato/dwplato.htm) In mid-1970's programming
      course at U of Illinois "augmented" with this computer-based learning system (PLATO's birthplace). Allowed me to
      sleep-in :-)
      UnCommonCents
  • 38 words! MUST be a record for being paid. You suck.

    PLEASE! You get paid for this 38 word crap?

    Get over it!
    The Danger is Microsoft
  • 38 words! MUST be a record for being paid. You suck.

    Hope you are paid by the word. In otherwords, this article was worth 38 bucks...LOSER!
    The Danger is Microsoft