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    Default Paper Tablet?

    This is only a prototype, This tablet is made of paper:


    I don't think this would be released for the public but this prototype may lead to super thin tablets. The fact that someone managed to make a tablet out of paper and some sort of thin sheet of plastic makes me excited on what the future brings. I am not sure if a tablet made of paper would be durable but this could lead to some plastic tablets were paper thin. I wonder if this is going to expensive if its mass produced.
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    Excellent idea! I always wanted one because it's convenient when reading on the bed. A tablet or a a book is quite heavy compared to paper, and always end up on my nose because I fall asleep. I wonder how they manage the heat in that paper tablet. It would be funny to slide to turn the pages. I think that one day, it will partially replace computer screens for offices, and computers will be biodegradable! Let's say I need to give a presentation to someone, I will just give him one of my computers!
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    in recent news a team of scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed the equivalent of e-ink screen (like kindle) in colour. The screen only draws power when it changes rendering. This means lesser power requirement and smaller batteries so slimmer devices.
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    That is just mind blowing. Am I seeing Harri Potter movie where news paper used to have animated pictures. As @aimayaram rightly said it could be the beginning of bio-degradable devices and it is the need of the hour. The next biggest disaster waiting for us is that of e-waste which is caused by accumulation of outdated electronic devices like smartphones, laptops, ovens, TVs etc. The advent of smartphones and changing technology in fact worsened the situation. This waste is gradually polluting our environment and contaminating pure water sources.

    May be there are use-and-throw devices in future which can be used for a certain amount of time. But for this there has to be an extremely low cost of production.
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    I think disposable computers may become a norm if these paper tablets will be mass produced. I think its only created though so they can manufacture the thinnest tablet ever. I wonder though if they can produce a really thin tablet that is more durable.
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    I think if features like thinness and foldability could assemble in one device that will be extremely portable. Think of a sheet of paper that is folded and kept in your pocket. Whenever needed just unfold and use it. I think it is quite possible if the idea of paper tablet could become a success.

    I feel tablets or mobiles should be made keeping in the mind the future requirements. Nowadays we can see new models almost everyday and people keep on buying new ones as soon as they hit the market. But that needs to be controlled as it is only deteriorating the issue of e-waste. I think a paid up-gradation could be a possible solution.
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    This would be amazing to try out, and if it actually becomes released in the future it would make a huge impact in the world, but at the same time, I don't think it would be wise to have such disposable gadgets, won't it affect us globally?

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    Well it is made of paper so it can be recycled. It is less toxic than metals and elements like lithium and mercury. I just hope the paper tablets they produce wont be disposable. It should be something we can use for long term but for a cheaper price.

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    I hope so also. I can see the benefits it would make, it would be so durable and less prone to get spoilt due to it's flexibility and I also believe it would be rare to have a case of a broken screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    This would be amazing to try out, and if it actually becomes released in the future it would make a huge impact in the world, but at the same time, I don't think it would be wise to have such disposable gadgets, won't it affect us globally?
    You are right, disposible handsets could be a potential environmental danger as it can add to e-waste. But I think the present scenario is also not leading to a healthy environment. People use to change their handsets like disposible ones as they are after new technologies everyday. I think a fully environment friendly handset could be the solution. Government should focus on encouraging its sale by providing rebates and tax reliefs to the companies manufacturing these models.

    I think as the whole world is looking up to save nvironment from a possible disaster, innovations like this will definitely catch attention.

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    Well it is paper and we know it is easier to recycle paper over plastic. At least paper is biodegradable so it may cause less harm over the phones made of plastic, silicone and metal. Before these paper tablets were invented, Paper DVD's and CD's became a thing in Japan but sadly it is not globally popular. Paper have so much potential as an electronic device it is usually ignored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Well it is paper and we know it is easier to recycle paper over plastic. At least paper is biodegradable so it may cause less harm over the phones made of plastic, silicone and metal. Before these paper tablets were invented, Paper DVD's and CD's became a thing in Japan but sadly it is not globally popular. Paper have so much potential as an electronic device it is usually ignored.
    I have never heard of paper CDs and DVDs till now. That's just amazing. Do you know why they have not become popular?

    When we speak of paper tablets, I think the inner parts of the tablets have to be made of metal or plastic. May be I am wrong?

    As you rightly said paper is highly biodegradable and nothing to worry about environmental pollution if a handset fully made of paper can be introduced. But it will be more prone to damage from water or fire I think. Whatever it is environment protection comes first. If there is no earth, nothing else will sustain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I have never heard of paper CDs and DVDs till now. That's just amazing. Do you know why they have not become popular?

    When we speak of paper tablets, I think the inner parts of the tablets have to be made of metal or plastic. May be I am wrong?

    As you rightly said paper is highly biodegradable and nothing to worry about environmental pollution if a handset fully made of paper can be introduced. But it will be more prone to damage from water or fire I think. Whatever it is environment protection comes first. If there is no earth, nothing else will sustain.
    USB's happened. I heard that paper cd's have larger capacity but people liked USB's better because they look much more portable and compact. They were smaller and you can have them on a necklace or a keychain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    USB's happened. I heard that paper cd's have larger capacity but people liked USB's better because they look much more portable and compact. They were smaller and you can have them on a necklace or a keychain.
    Yes USB flashes should replace CD's and DVD's. CD's and DVD's tend to be very fragile compared to USB's I would buy USB@S over CD's or DVD's if I was given the choice, especially now that most TV's allow for direct USB connection streaming.

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    While I understand that this is a prototype, and probably will never be released to the public, I'm not sure if it was on the market how popular it would actually be.

    People are only just starting to realise how handy a tablet is, to now bring out a tablet such as this might just confuse peoples opinions and for the foreseeable future at least, I think companies might be better off trying to concentrate on advancing the tablets that are already on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Yes USB flashes should replace CD's and DVD's. CD's and DVD's tend to be very fragile compared to USB's I would buy USB@S over CD's or DVD's if I was given the choice, especially now that most TV's allow for direct USB connection streaming.
    That is the exact reason why Paper CD's never made it outside of Japan. I want to have one though because of the bizarreness. Who would have thought paper can do that. If paper Cd's were only invented much more earlier. I just hope paper tablets wont have the same fate with paper CD's.

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    That's the case with a lot of these ideas. They make it to the prototype stage, even a few get manufactured but the popularity never grows so they end up being left to one side.

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    @Cashewfruit_wine, that is right. We are already in an age of compact USBs. We can save huge data in a small USB. USBs are more convenient to carry and also ensure durability. CDs are fragile and there is high chance of data corruption in CDs. So, I don't think CDs in any form will be successful as they are already dead.

    CDs also require an equally big compartment to hold it and play and in the case of USBs in most of the devices it is inbuilt consuming only a very small space which makes it more acceptable in devices like laptops, tablets etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    That's the case with a lot of these ideas. They make it to the prototype stage, even a few get manufactured but the popularity never grows so they end up being left to one side.
    I predict the final version of this that may get released will be made of thin sheet of plastic or maybe polyester. Those Materials sounded more durable than paper. I think fabric may also be a good alternative to paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I predict the final version of this that may get released will be made of thin sheet of plastic or maybe polyester. Those Materials sounded more durable than paper. I think fabric may also be a good alternative to paper.
    Your prediction may be right. But I am a little bit worried on the durability factor. When it uses a thin plastic, paper or cloth what will happen if it overheats? There is a high possibility of fire! I wonder what will be the power source for these tablets. It would be better if it can use non-conventional energy sources like solar power.

    Use of plastic again makes this an anti-environment friendly product. But I think it is OK, if the device is durable and we can use it for a long period of time. But it will definitely enhance portability and storage.

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    Well paper have more chance to burn over plastic or fabric. Most likely they will try to develop a thin sheet that can withstand heat. Paper CD's seemed to do well in Japan before their demise I think and I never heard it being blamed for fire. Though they were using paper at this moment, I wonder what material they will use for the final version. It would be cool if they can make a colored version.

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    God, this is really good, if they manage to make something like this and that can compete in terms of performance with the nowadays tablets I think that this will change COMPLETELY the smartphones and smartdevices market and history. A talbet/smartphone that is almost unbreakable and as light as a couple of sheets... A device that you can fold and put it in your pocket (well no completely folded... but somewhat folded to fir in smaller pockets or bags)...

    After watching this video I can't really predict the future of electronic devices...

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    That's so cool! I guess this would be the next gen invention if it comes to production. The super sleek body combined with decent specification would be eye-catching. Let's see if it really comes to life since you have already mentioned it as a prototype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Well paper have more chance to burn over plastic or fabric. Most likely they will try to develop a thin sheet that can withstand heat. Paper CD's seemed to do well in Japan before their demise I think and I never heard it being blamed for fire. Though they were using paper at this moment, I wonder what material they will use for the final version. It would be cool if they can make a colored version.
    May be you are right. They might use a combination of various materials to beat overheating and fire. Even though it is called Paper Tablet, they have used flexible, high resolution plastic display of 10.7". The plastic is being developed by a company called Plastic Logic. Intel Labs also support the research and development in this field which is being carried out at Queens University, Cambridge.

    It is said that they are really light weight and robust and it gives a magazine like reading experience to the users. Whatever it is, paper tablets are going to revolutionize the whole gadget business when it will be really launched in the market.

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    An Ipad is really heavy and I really feel a lot of strain on my hand while using it for a long time. This one is much more lighter so I guess there will be less chance of getting a strain. Compatability is also once of it's biggest advantage. I don't think an Ipad pro will fit inside a purse. This one would fit inside a purse if we roll it for fold it.

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    Will this Paper Tbalet beat Samsung's foldable tablet?

    Maybe this one seems more interesting and much more compact, but I don't know this company. And I can trust 100% in Samsung... Let's wait and see where this market will lead us to!

    Does Foldable Tbalet patent from Samsung reach this kind of tablet (this paper tablet)? They are different concepts, maybe the patent doesn't prohibit this company from developing this tablet!

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