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  1. 1. 23/08/2011 04:11 The Future of Tablets – What your tablet will look like in 5 years The Future of Tablets - What your tablet a sheet of paper. Combine that effort with research will look like in 5 years into using DNA strands to construct processors, as well a Stanford University nanotech project to build Your Tablet in Five Years bendable batteries out of paper, and suddenly the foldable tablet doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Folding tablets. Solar-powered slates. Apps that au- tomatically install–and delete–themselves based on See Me, Feel Me your location. Superslim, flexible devices that fit in your pocket like a sheet of paper. Not all of these concepts will survive the leap from research to re- tail, but many will ship before you know it. Here are some of the most intriguing tablets and tablet apps that tech visionaries are developing. The Sheet Tablet Future tablets and smartphones will monitor you and the world you live in. According to Rice Uni- versity computer science professor Lin Zhong, mo- bile devices a decade from now will have sensing capabilities, including the ability to interact with wireless sensors worn on or implanted in the user’s body. They could also work with sensors in the en- vironment, perhaps to collect weather information Newspapers and magazines are foldable. Why not to transmit wirelessly to cloud-based data centers. tablets? Well, one very good reason is that they Who knows–your tablet or phone may someday contain various nonbendy components such as warn you of an impending heart attack before youjoliprint processors, memory chips, and batteries. But on- feel any symptoms. going innovations in nanotechnology, including na- nowires made of copper, could lead to flexible newsreaders similar to Innovation+Bermer Labs’ Printed with futuristicNewSSlate prototype, which unfolds like Page 1
  2. 2. 23/08/2011 04:11 The Future of Tablets – What your tablet will look like in 5 years Tablet With Airbags Bits and Pieces Durable cases for drop-proofing your tablet aren’t Care to assemble your own tablet from a dozen or new. But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has come up with so mini-mobile components? The Mobikom concept an alternative design that may be clever or crazy–or from designer Kamil Izrailov features square hard- a little of both. In February 2010, Bezos reportedly ware chunklets that use “micro-locks” to hook up, applied for a patent for an airbag system for mo- according to the Design Buzz blog. Each piece has bile devices. The airbags, of course, are designed to its own power supply and processor. The more Mo- cushion the impact of the inevitable tablet plunge bikom squares you connect, the greater the capabi- to the pavement. A ruggedized case may provide lities of the device, be it a smartphone or a tablet. similar protection, but wouldn’t it be cool to see There’s one big problem, though: How do you mi- airbags deploy on tumbling tablet? No word yet as nimize the risk of losing a square or two? Scrabble to whether Bezos’s alleged airbag system will leave and Lego fans, you know what I mean. the drawing board. Location, Location, Locationjoliprint Printed with Page 2
  3. 3. 23/08/2011 04:11 The Future of Tablets – What your tablet will look like in 5 years Location-savvy services such as Foursquare tell Android and Chrome OS operating systems, two the online world where you’re dining, shopping, mobile platforms destined to merge in the future. or loitering. But future tablet and phone apps will do much more than anoint you the Mayor of Star- Tablet Ringing? Answer With the Stick bucks. in July Fujitsu Laboratories announced a new Phone mobile platform that automatically downloads and runs–and later erases–apps and data appropriate for a particular time and place. If you bring your tablet to the Museum of Natural History, for instance, Fujitsu’s cloud-based system will identify where you are and immediately push the museum’s navigation guide to your slate. When you leave the museum, it will automatically delete the guide. Naturally, the system will also work with smartphones and PCs. Too creepy? Let’s hope that there’s an opt-out button. Tablet-Laptop Convergence Here’s a clever idea from designer Antoine Brieux: the HTC Stick Phone, a slim and sleek basic phone that fits inside theHTC Tube Tablet, another Brieux concept. The tablet-phone combo could be a boon to users who’d rather not lug around two mobile devices. Besides, why carry a smartphone that du- plicates the capabilities of your tablet? Indeed, the Stick Phone may find a receptive audience–if it ever ships. Tablets and laptops are on a collision course. Both genres are growing thinner and lighter–witness the Apple iPad 2 andMacBook Air, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Series 9, and a host of upcoming, Air- like Ultrabook notebooks. Meld lean laptops with finger-friendly desktop operating systems–specifi-joliprint cally the gesture-happy Lion OS X 10.7 and forthco- ming Windows 8–and a harmonic convergence can’t be far off. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1, a combination of Android tablet and Windows laptop, may be a Printed with sign of things to come. And don’t forget Google’s Page 3
  4. 4. 23/08/2011 04:11 The Future of Tablets – What your tablet will look like in 5 years Origami Original Augmented-reality apps are already available for tablets and smartphones, but they’re rudimentary compared to what’s coming. Today, for instance, the aptly named Augmented Reality app for iOS devices displays points of interest (including restaurants, transit stops, and coffee shops) over a live view of a real-world environment such as the street you’re standing on. AR is better suited to tablets than to smartphones, as graphical overlays are easier to view and interact with on a tablet-size screen.So what does the future hold for AR? As this Hidden Creative video illustrates, it may include the ability to point a tablet/phone camera at a hotel, see an overlay of vacant rooms, and book a reservation on the spot. The clever Feno concept may be a laptop, but its Don’t Write Off the Pen fold-tastic design would work for tablets, too. The Feno’s display has an additional hinge that allows the screen to fold in half and wrap around the keyboard. A tablet version could have a detachable keyboard, perhaps, or even a third screen fold. And if you’re fretting that a foldable screen might mar the view with a visible crease, there’s good news. Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology are working on aflexible OLED display capable of folding without the dreaded crease. Reality With Subtitles Before the iPad, stylus-based tablets tried (and failed) to win consumers’ hearts. But the pen/slate combo may still have a future, particularly in niche markets where touch input is just too clumsy. The mPad is a big-screen tablet created to meet the needs of designers. According to future-tech site Informa-joliprint tionTechnology, designer Volker Hubner’s concept slate has a 15.6-inch OLED display, a scrollwheel, programmable short cuts for software applications, and an ergonomically friendly case that inclines 15 Printed with degrees. The learning curve might be a bit deman- ding, but this tablet isn’t for the Angry Birds crowd. Page 4
  5. 5. 23/08/2011 04:11 The Future of Tablets – What your tablet will look like in 5 years Solar-Powered Tablet With most tablets, a case is just a case. But with the HiLoconcept slate, the carrying pouch doubles as a wireless QWERTY keyboard. The HiLo, which features a 10-inch OLED, slides inside its felt key- board jacket for comfy carrying. Soft as a Santa stocking, yes, but probably not the best protection against drops and knocks. The felt case features fused keys and a pointing device for users who don’t like touchscreens. Other Business News: CloudTag: Future , Tablets , Dell inspiron 1525 bat- teries , Hp pavilion dv7 batteries , Dell d630 batte- Pixel Qi designs hybrid displays for mobile devices ries , Dell inspiron 6400 batteries that are just as easy to read outdoors as indoors. The company has developed a 1-watt solar panel contai- ning new, higher-efficiency cells that can power a screen and a motherboard. A panel placed around Laptop Battery Usage Tips Related Articles: the bezel, in fact, could provide enough juice to run low-power tablets and e-readers, the company says. In full sunlight, the Pixel Qi solar panel provides 1 watt of power. In partial sun, of course, it produces Tags: Dell d630 batteries, Dell inspiron 1525 batte- less juice. Solar bezels may someday be standard ries, Dell inspiron 6400 batteries, Future, Hp pavilion on low-cost tablets, such as One Laptop Per Child’s dv7 batteries, Tablets upcoming XO-3 device, which is designed for stu- dents in developing countries. Tablet With Felt Keyboard-Pouchjoliprint Printed with Page 5