Standard late Information and early Interplanetary Age baseline-friendly microtech communications, text, and Net interface device.

Shaped like a small box approximately 5 by 7 by (less than) 1 cm, one side of the tablet was a high resolution flat panel display. The screen used an alphanumeric pictographic keypad and a series of pictographic 'buttons' representing different functions. Various functions included pager, cell phone, calculator, personal digital assistant, computer, and local net interface. In its base mode the unit acted as both a pager and a cell phone for calls and messages.

Touching the PDA icon caused the unit to expand in two dimensions while getting thinner in the third until it was the size/shape of a small handheld computer. A portion of the unit would separate and pop up at one end where it could be removed and used as a stylus. The display screen changed to reflect PDA functions in full color, hi-res 3D.

Touch the computer icon and the unit grew even larger and thinner until it was no thicker than heavy cardboard. A graphic line would bisect the unit. Run a finger along the line and the unit became flexible along the line. One side of the line became a graphic computer keyboard and the other a high resolution, full color display. The unit contained a short range wireless transmitter and could communicate with remote devices or the web without need of cables. Accessories could link to the main unit wirelessly or clip anywhere along its edge.
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Development Notes
Text by Todd Drashner
Initially published on 05 March 2002.

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