A remarkably thin and flexible computer is making the rounds at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's made by Plastics Logic and it's billed as the world's first 'paper computer.' (Jan. 9)
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Las Vegas - 8 January 2013
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Roel Vertegeaal, Director, Queen's University Human Media Lab:
"What we have is the world's first paper computer. It is made out of an electrophoretic screen that's about 10.7 inches big, which is made by Plastic Logic. And at the Human Media Lab we took the screen and integrated it with bend sensors, with tracking sensors that know where the screen is located, in order to make essentially a paper computer that mimics what you already do with paper on your desk, except now it's electronic. Look how thin it is." :27 2. Tight, folding paper computer 3. Tight, inbox on paper computer 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Roel Vertegeaal, Director, Queen's University Human Media Lab:
"So this is really, truly a world premiere. That's why there's all sorts of wires attached. We take technologies that only barely exist and put them together and create this new user experience. We're interested in what does the computer of the future look like." :13 5. Tight, tapping one PaperTab with another to open email 6. Medium, tapping one screen with another UPSOUND (English) off-camera Roel Vertegeaal, Director, Queen's University Human Media Lab:"If I tap this display, it's going to show me the email, the top email. Then if I want to reply, I simply bend it. There's the reply. They're asking for a baby picture which I happen to have here. So I simply tap the baby picture on there and - poof - it's off into the cyber world." :16 7. Tight, tapping to attach photo to email 8. Tight, bending corner, tapping to transfer photo 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rachel Lichten (pronounced LIHCH-ten), Plastic
"Plastic Logic has developed a technology which enables us to create flexible displays out of plastic. This is an example of one of the displays - very, very thin, very light and obviously flexible as you can see." :14 10. Tight, unfolding menu-shaped plastic screen UPSOUND (English) off-camera Rachel Lichten, Plastic Logic:
"This is possible because the displays are made out of plastic but you still have some element of flexibility." :11 11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rachel Lichten (pronounced LIHCH-ten), Plastic
"If you imagine, you can now wrap a display around your arm, a lamp post, a glass." :07 12. Medium, display worn on watch on mannequin's arm UPSOUND (English) off-camera Rachel Lichten, Plastic Logic:
"It can also be used for medical applications. If you can imagine an armband that might read someone's heart rate." :07 13. Tight, bending corner to send email
It's being billed as a breakthrough in healthcare. HealthSpot is a self-contained examination room that could soon make seeing the doctor a little more modern.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company displayed the HeathSpot station to attendees, offering up what it sees as the a way to create convenient access to healthcare.
Founder and CEO Steve Cashman calls the technology 'telemedicine.' He says until now , that consisted of telephone consultations between physicians and electronic transmission of radiographic images and reports.
What HealthSpot will enable consumers is quick access to medical professionals.
Patients seeking treatment for an ailment can connect with a healthcare professional via video conferencing. The healthcare professional will then instruct the patient on how to self-administer an ear exam or instruct them to place a stethoscope to their chest.
That information is the transmitted to the professional who can then write a prescription for the patients ailment.
Cashman says the units are already in use at Miami Children's Hospital and at University Hospital. He hopes that one thousand of them will be in drugstores across the country by the end of the year.