Ultra thin paper tablet 'could revolutionise future of computing’

A paper thin, fully flexible tablet prototype, designed by researchers from Queen's University in Canada, Intel and Plastic Logic, has gone on show at CES in Las Vegas.

The PaperTab tablet looks and feels like a sheet of paper, but is in fact fully interactive with a flexible plastic display and a 10.7in, high resolution E-ink touchscreen. It features plastic transistor technology developed by Plastic Logic, and is powered by a second generation Intel core i5 processor. Instead of using several apps or windows on a single display, users have ten or more interactive displays or 'PaperTabs'. "Using several PaperTabs makes it much easier to work with multiple documents," explained Roel Vertegaal, director of Queen's University's Human Media Lab. "Within five to ten years, most computers, from ultra notebooks to tablets, will look and feel just like these sheets of printed colour paper."