PaperTab, science fiction technology has come to life at CES this week. As thin as a sheet of paper this 10.7 inch polymer display is a revolutionary glimpse into the not too distant future. A dual revolution at that, not only is the display a leap in technology but the interface is a revolution.
The Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queens University are constantly pushing the boundaries of interface technology. The bend gesture technology was displayed two years ago with the demonstration flexible smartphone and its bend gestures that use the screen itself as part of the interface.
The PaperTab builds on the bend gestures with the addition of proximity sensors and the location gestures it allows. By adding proximity sensors to each of the PaperTabs they become aware of each others position, creating the proximity gestures. Touch tablets together to transfer data or applications. Put an email in the out tray and it’s sent.