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A Paper Tablet – Back to Shuffling Papers

Posted January 15, 2013 4:03 PM by Chelsey H

Call me old fashioned, but I like to write things down and print things out. Especially as an editor, it is so much easier for me to get out the trusty red pen and draw all types of cryptic markings than for me to read/edit something on the computer. Soon I could have the best of both worlds. Human Media Lab has created a working prototype of a paper-thin tablet computer.

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According to an article in PopSci, the paper-like tablets communicate with one another to make working "more like shuffling papers." The product, which comes out of research at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, is named PaperTab.

PaperTab looks and feels like a sheet of paper, except it has a high resolution 10.7" plastic display which is a fully-interactive, flexible, touchscreen. PaperTab can file and display thousands of paper documents, replacing the need for a computer monitor and stacks of papers or printouts. Unlike traditional tablets, PaperTabs keep track of their location relative to each other and the user, providing a seamless experience across all apps, as if they were physical computer windows.

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PaperTab has a unique user interface which makes them work more like actual pieces of paper. They are designed to work in clusters of up to ten tablets and the user can control various screens at once. This means that you can have several documents or apps running at once and work across several PaperTabs to execute tasks while moving thing around between them. The whole process sounds very complicated, but it is better explained with this video. Instead of swipe gestures, the corner of the notebook is dog-eared one way or another (i.e. push it forward to fast-forward or turn a page.)

My favorite function is the ability to link multiple tabs together to extend the viewing screen and allowing you to click and drag, as well as draw/write on the screen. As someone who organizes information on a daily basis, I could see the benefit of being able to click and drag text from one line to another without losing my spot (like I always do on the computer). Being able to handwrite my notes on a screen and then link it with the actual task would be pretty great too. People remember 70% of the things they write down, so having that notebook-like functionality would feel seamless.

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I'm excited about where this product is heading and the potential it has to streamline work and make information more tactile, which is something I miss at work.

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01/16/2013 5:16 AM

Good Day...

I am going to look into this product. Thought you might like to see my blog post on sketching. http://fought-engineering-consulting.com/2012/05/29/the-importance-of-sketching-out-your-ideas/

Putting thoughts to paper does get your mind more involved in the soultion.

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01/16/2013 5:22 AM

Excellent, I couldn't agree more l like your sketches.
I love to see engineering sketches and then witness them evolve into reality.
This blog of mine shows a similar feel in the sketches, but a rather different subject!
My pet hate is those idiots who try to separate 'arts' from 'sciences'
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01/17/2013 7:44 AM

This blog of mine

You shameless hussy !

Never a blue marker when I need one.

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01/17/2013 7:58 AM

I have one of those metaphorical blue pencils mentioned in that article, but I'm damned if I can find it.

Akerchally, I've sent off for entry forms for the RA Summer Exhibition £25 to enter a piece. Mind there are some prizes up for grabs (as if) dunno if it will even get selected. Gotta send pics in first for short listing.
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01/17/2013 8:04 AM

You better blog this on CR4 (I'd feel real bad pimping it for you. Not.). Don't care if you get selected or not - your last art blog had a lot of admiring readers. Go, Del, Go !!

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01/16/2013 9:09 AM

Does it mention anywhere if the touch screen uses capacitive / resistive / some kind of new technology?

If they could make a thin resistive screen with decent resolution and enough pressure points, I could forsee this idea really taking of, pending the price tag.

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01/16/2013 12:01 PM

I can't find where it says what type of technology the screen uses. If you watch the video you can see that the touchscreen doesn't look great yet. This was a very early prototype that was previewed at an electronics show so I think there will be some upgrades before we see this for commercial use.

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01/16/2013 2:14 PM

One problem I can see with a tablet, is there is a learning curve before the tablet can be effective, unlike paper and pencil which needs no learning curve. The other thing I see is having to shuffle back and forth to find something. You only see one sheet at a time. With paper, the pages are ALL laid out in front of you making it easy to find what you are looking for. The lack of paper doesn't allow you to file information away in different paper folders or to distribute it directly. I feel these electronic devices remove intuitive thinking from the process.These devices keep getting smarter by the hour, far outpacing the human brain. Instead the only brain that is working at full speed is the guy who invented the tablet. I think electronic devices are great, but there has to be a limit as to where to draw the line.

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01/16/2013 7:38 PM

...our computer IT people always got mad when I made "maginal" notes all over my computer screen (wink,wink)!

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03/01/2013 3:19 PM

I have to read the article. I wonder if the tablet is flimsy or will break easily. I also wonder if it has enough of a back to write on or if the screen will flop when I try to put any pressure for writing on it. I will have to look at the article.

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