REPORTER: Imagine a computer paper-thin and flexible. The technology behind that sci-fi vision made its debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, when Plastic Logic unveiled a prototype of its "PaperTab" tablet. The company, which specializes is polymer transistors and plastic electronics, has teamed up with Ontario's Queen's University research team in creating the futuristic paper. Research manager Mike Banach explains.
MIKE BANACH: "What we are really trying to show is a desk top scenario where you have multiple displays on the desktop, where you will be able to transfer the information between those displays using different interfaces, different sensor technology."
REPORTER: The PaperTab tablet looks and feels like a plastic sheet of paper. Queen's University researcher Aneesh Tarun, demonstrates how it works.
ANEESH TARUN: "To give you an example, if you take a look here. I have my e-mail inbox here and I want to be able to read my e-mail while also wanting to keep an eye on my inbox for new e-mails. I can do that by simply taking this piece of paper and tapping it and picking up the e-mail that I just got. Now, I want to reply to this person by sending them a photo. First, I just bend to reply, I pick up the photo that I have and I just tap it here and it gets attached. Now, I just bend it and the e-mail gets sent. It is as simple as that."
REPORTER: Before anyone gets too excited, the paper tablet is said to be still 5 to 10 years away from finding its place on your desk.