High Concept Hardware

7 Feb

With all the hullabaloo about the iPad and tablet/slate hardware hitting the market, it’s already time to think ahead to what the next big thing will be in hardware design. Given Apple’s clear domination in the hardware “hype” market, any new device will need to combine functionality, portability, application support and aesthetics in a new way. I was sent this video of a concept called the Rolltop, made by German designer Evgeny Orkin. At first I thought it was a yoga mat. It aims to work as a laptop, tablet and monitor, with it’s own power source and camera. Personally, I don’t think something like this would catch on like a tablet – it’s difficult to envision hordes of people carrying around a roll-up computer. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting thought experiment to brainstorm about the post-iPad world. And please forgive the cheesy elevator music – it comes with the video.

One Response to “High Concept Hardware”

  1. Ruby February 8, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    It does look pretty cool when it is unfolded, and it also looks a lot like a yoga mat when it is not! haha!

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