Is this possible?



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  1. TheWork says:

    Yeah, it’s possible. Flexible displays already exist, as well as touch screens. The technology is not yet that mature, but nearly all the components exist, just not all together, and not in such a developed, clean, LIGHT form yet.

    The hardest part is getting computer components built in a way that would allow the body to flex. Not in any way impossible, but weight would be an issue if you didn’t want it to cost a gajillion dollars if you put it on a flexible semi conductor (a replacement for the motherboards of today).

  2. stgemma_0411 says:

    Sure, this is possible. But with computing standards and video standards going up exponentially, there is almost no point in having these when you can have a PC in a tablet form-factor or just have a laptop for what we would consider for what we currently do with our desktop PC’s. The thing that might keep the “rolltop” form-factor from working is the lack of seamless video. Having 3 or 4 lines in the middle of your screen when you are watching something is simply not pleasing to the eye. While this is really a novel concept, in terms of its form-factor, I think these types of things are meant to stimulate the “What if?” part of R&D, rather than this being something that will be a viable product that will make money for the company that produces it.

  3. jbalza007 says:

    Perhaps that could be the next-generation Ipad?

  4. The ergonomics of the keyboard also leave something to be desired. The old IBM Selectric typewriter perhaps had one of the best designs for those of us who touch-type – that is, not to look at the keys – or the output – while typing in some text. This kind of keyboard doesn’t produce tactile feedback which is otherwise very important for fast typing.

  5. revs96 says:

    Looks awesome but seems to be very impractical from a technical standpoint.

  6. Traductora says:

    All sorts of things are possible. I remember when we thought 1MB of RAM was impossible…

    I have had a bad technology day. I got into Madrid this morning and discovered that my Spanish cellphone had died, my number had to be changed, and that my laptop – which was working fine when I left – had clearly bit the dust and wouldn´t start no matter what I did.

    It was on its last legs (6 yrs old, which is ancient for a laptop) and I knew it was going to go soon because it kept wobbling. I just wish it had waited till I got back.

    So I went to Corte Ingles and bought a netbook, first of all because it cost less than a portatil (laptop) and secondly because I have secretly been wanting to get one for a few months now but couldn´t justify it.

    So far so good. I got an HP and it seems fine; the only problem I´m having is my crummy internet connection at my hotel, which makes things difficult because a netbook is really set up for Internet accesss. I guess we´ll all be living in the cloud soon.

  7. AnAmericanMother says:

    “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

  8. Agnes of Prague says:

    Father, you get kudos today for throwing me a line in my job interview… I was asked what I thought & knew about e-books, and mentioned that I’m not much of a technology person, but I knew a little from reading the occasional article here and there, as well as from sporadic discussions in the postings and comment box of a certain blogger of varied interests.

  9. The Cobbler says:

    Absolutely it’s possible. Someday you will even see it as one single flexible sheet rather than multiple parts.

    Is it money-efficient, though? That alone determines whether it lives or dies, barring, you know, it being so great that we have to pass another HDTV type law switching everybody over to it.

  10. Tom Ryan says:

    I prefer the MacBook Wheel

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