What do you get when you roll up fruit? A Fruit Rollup. What about a computer? Well, now that’s a something definitely different yet exquisite. Even though it appears to be just a concept model through 3D animation, Germany’s Orkin Design seems to have plans for a computer using an OLED. The screen is able to rollup around a core which doubles as not only a method of storage but also as an A/C adapter as well as a USB hub. I for one am thrilled at the thoughts and wonder about the design. Packing by rolling shirts and pants around a core appear quite effective…and it makes me wonder if this bundling technique will help prevent sharp creases that could potentially damage the organic LCD.
From what it appears, the keyboard is onscreen and the whole unit can be converted into a giant tablet PC as well. I have been dreaming of such devices. Granted without the springs of a keyboard it would have a very different touch which makes me wonder what kind of algorithm will be used to determine when keys are actually pressed. There is certainly much potential. The first time I have seen a similar device that made me think “Wow” was in Star Trek the Next Generation where Captain Picard played a piano that was totally rollup-able. If that’s an electronic instrument, why not a computer? And with the latest coolest technologies, a whole LCD screen can be rolled up just like that. Simply amazing! It’s good to live in the broadband / MediaNet age! For more information go check out Orkin Design’s video over the Rolltop (video also available directly on Orkin Design’s website).