The most cutting edge designs
For decades, the prestigious red dot design awards has spotted some of the most cutting edge design concepts across industries from bathrooms to clothing to technology, with the “red dot” recognized as an international quality seal, marking the best of the best products.
Designer Kim Hyung Geun recently won a red dot award in the “Mobile Lifestyle” category for his tablet concept the “Extending Note” which offers an extendable screen with two stacked modules so that one can be slid sideways to extend a small screen into a larger screen, double its original side. Sliding the screens back into their standards stacked format keeps the device mobile.
The OLED screen has been merged with a solar cell so that when the computer is not in use, its battery can be charged with solar energy, a major benefit for consumers using tablet technologies in the field who cannot always sit next to a wall or be tethered by a cord.
The Extending Note won the red dot award for its innovation, and although it is only a concept at this point and not in production, a tablet that extends could boost the sales of whichever manufacturer ends up acquiring this concept. Imagine your tablet instantly having the screen real estate of your laptop, but without the added weight or size of a laptop. It helps for video viewing, spreadsheet data entry, form completion, and general professional use, not to mention the obvious personal benefits.
With the iPad3 announcement coming out soon, there are rumors flying as to what features the beloved device will or won’t have, but you can bet an extended screen is not one of them. The technology is still expensive, so it will likely be some time before we see these types of devices, but Geun has likely piqued the interest of a few Apple competitors.