Researchers and creators at the Queens University Human Media Lab in Canada have unveiled MagicScroll, the world’s first rollable touch-screen tablet inspired by historic rolls.
Dating back when scrolls served as the main purpose of providing information in written form, Magicscroll is the new age version of that ancient method, capable of doing much more than the scrolls.
MagicScroll portrays a seamless flexible screen that is set to push the boundaries of flexible device technology into a brand new territory.
The flexible 2k display unrolls from a cylindrical spindle into a 7.5-inch that can then be laid flat. There are two rotary wheels on each end that allow a user to unroll the display and scroll through contacts on the display.
When a user narrows in on an interesting piece of content that they would like to examine more deeply, the display can be unrolled and function as a tablet display.
The handy case comes from the 3D printer and to roll in a pocket to fit. It can still be used when it’s rolled up, such as for making a phone call one-handed.
“We were inspired by the design of ancient scrolls because their form allows for a more natural, uninterrupted experience of long visual timelines,” Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab, said in a statement.
And their another source of inspiration was the old Rolodex filing systems that were used to store and browse contact cards.
“The creators say that their next aim is to make the device even smaller something as small as a pen that you could carry in your shirt pocket,” Dr. Vertegaal said.
In addition to the innovative Display, Magicscroll has been installed with a special camera to allow the user to use the device as a gesture-controlled input device, similar to the controller of Nintendo’s “Wii”.
This is just the first prototype, and the team hopes to eventually develop devices even smaller and portable in the future.