What if Your Tablet Rolled Out Like an Ancient Scroll?

ROFL 11-08-2015

When you think about a tablet 6 Creative Uses for Your Android Tablet Have an Android tablet? You'll enjoy these creative uses for it! Read More , you probably have a very specific looking device that comes to mind. You probably see something like an iPad or a Galaxy Tab. The tablet concept below is nothing like that. Instead, it features a tube with a screen that rolls out, much like an ancient scroll.

It’s an interesting design, and one that would be very hard to make with current technology. However, it’s interesting to think about. What if tablets worked like this? How would the screen be protected when rolled out? How would the screen be soft enough to roll up, yet firm enough for the us to touch?

Would you buy a tablet that rolled out if one was released soon, or do you prefer the way tablets are now? What do you think it would take for a device like this become a reality? Theorize in the comments below!

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  1. Anonymous
    August 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    rolled up tablet no. it wouldnt be easy to hold or use with a large cylinder at the top. No a tablet that is as flexible as paper but still durable and a solid shape to hold when using it... that would be perfect.

    • Anonymous
      August 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      The screen stays straight - it's made of "screen" strips

      • Anonymous
        August 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        still, its going inside that tube. So when its unrolled, you still have that tube at the top. and to me thats something you cant hold one handed. maybe two hands. but best on your lap with most of the weight at the top. so i still think its not a great idea for a tablet. maybe for a large portable pc monitor.....

        • Anonymous
          August 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

          Though it's only a concept, the idea would be that you could hold it by the tube and the screen would stay put (it would act as a single surface - wouldn't bend ) -> and the concept is mostly possible with the current technology (personally I'd love one of these :) )

        • Anonymous
          August 13, 2015 at 3:17 am

          Anyone remember a similar concept for a similar roll-up form factor, but for a “laptop”? Not really a laptop, since you'd store it in a cylinder, roll it out for use, with, if I recall rightly, a laser-projected mouse-and-keyboard.

          That IMHO makes more sense than a roll-out tablet

  2. Anonymous
    August 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    As a practical design rather than a design rendering, you'd have the screen corners attached to two braces which would fold out as the screen was extended with a third, permanent brace on the outer edge which would be used to pull the screen out. The screen would be a flexible display and would not be touch sensitive. Instead, two laser emitters and sensors would be placed at the ends of the tube to triangulate your finger touches (like some virtual keyboards). As a tablet, load it with Cherry Trail and Win10 and I'd buy it for $1000. With Android, maybe $500 (less if I have to put up with Touch Wiz).

  3. Anonymous
    August 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

    The real practical part of this is saving space, which truly does contribute to user experience. However, getting that at the expense of durability of the screen, or even holding it properly? Not worth it. Though there are definitely solutions here. Off the top of my head, I think if you can somehow morph the cylinder 'case' which holds the display as well to act as a backing, that'd be amazing.

  4. Anonymous
    August 11, 2015 at 5:07 am

    It would be a very one-handed tablet. The design is flawed. It would be difficult to use with two hands, especially in an orientation where the tube is not being firmly grasped with BOTH hands. The concept is novel, but impractical for ease of use.