In this article we will present concepts which designers combined innovation and art to become something that consumers really thirsts for. While the tech world is waiting for the announcement of the rumored Apple iPad 3 device, we decided to feature 35 futuristic and innovative concept designs for tablets.
Enjoy them and let us know which tablet you hope to become true!
The NoteSlate eSketcher takes a bold direction in the world of gadgetry– simplicity. Life used to be so simple– just a pencil and paper combined as the perfect sidearm of the student, the artist and the list maker. Today we’ve got our laptops, our iPads, our Kindles and our mobile phones cluttering up our desks. The NoteSlate hopes to simplify that, providing one basic function to its user: the ability to write, draw and doodle to their heart’s content, just like pencil on paper.
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MacBook Page By Devindh Baburam
“The MacBook Page is based on the size of a standard sheet of A4 paper. It maximises screen ‘real estate’ by presenting the user with an edge to edge interactive desktop. It also incorporates a hidden solar panel to supplement the power supply.”
MacBook Page. (Image Source: iLounge)
MPad By Volker Hübner
MPad is for professional designers. It combines the advantage of intuitive multi-touch operation with the precision of a pressure-sensitive pen, probably sounds like a very, very advanced Wacom tablet.
For its features part, essential keyboard commands are arranged next to the 15.6″ OLED display, 9 fixed buttons, 2 programmable buttons rockers with e-ink display, with up to 24 shortcuts for each software application. Monstrous tablet, but of course I hope there’s a model for left-handers like me.
MPad. (Image Source: Yanko Design)
Back View. (Image Source: Yanko Design)
Doodle Book By Pyeong Yeol Yoo
“Doodle book is a lifebook able to make creative work. Portable enough to be carried out, it can be easily used as memo pad in any place. Included the concept of layer in its input system, it can attach or overlap an existing document, image, sketch or video comment with pen.
Doodle book is able to make creative work between idea and realization.”
Doodle Book. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Handling. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Synchronization. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Fractal By Pedro Calle
“Fractal is everything you need, it can be split into pieces each of which can work individually as laptop, pad, music player and you can tweak them with apps and widgets.
It can also work together as a console with different touchscreens with programs, menus, tools, palettes, brushes and audio samplers, all separated physically. Find all the fun on customizing your Fractals, share them with your friends and enjoy making the digital realm a more analogous experience.”
Fractal. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Featured View. (Image Source: Design Boom)
MacBook Duo By Kane Yanagawa
“My proposal is for a hybrid device that is a unique combination of Apple’s existing portable media device technology with an e-reader / netbook. A device that offers enough usability in each arena to make it a standalone solution for frequent travelers. Now you can work + browse, read + write, and share + play all on one device.”
MacBook Duo. (Image Source: iLounge)
Ecopad By Yonggu Do, Jun-Se Kim
“Electricity is made automatically by using your ecoPad. Currently commercialized tablet PCs and smartphones have a very limited battery life – often not more than a day before having to be recharged.
However, on average, people press their touchscreens over 10,000 times a day. The ecoPad does not require special charging from an adaptor. Instead, it generates electricity when a user presses the touchscreen, due to the nano piezoelectricity film that is located below the display.”
ecoPad. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Layer View. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Front View. (Image Source: Design Boom)
MacView By Patrycjusz Brzezinski
According to an article in blog.moridin.pl, MacView project arose from a need to have such a device. It was designed to substitute the laptop, which is mostly uncomfortable in many situations. When creating the project, the designer bought a MacBook in order to better understand the philosophy of Apple. For sure great studies gave birth a great concept.
Macview. With keyboard on the second touchscreen. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
Desktop View. With mini music player on second screen. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
Front View. With keyboard on the second touchscreen. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
PDF View. With page thumbnails on second screen. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
Video Playlist. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
Back View. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
Charging Station. (Image Source: Patrycjusz Brzezinski)
File-Top By Fan Zhang
“This tablet is for the people who want a more portable and lighter computer. The inspiration comes from traditional Chinese liber. The foldable File-top composes of several translucent touchscreens and can be used as a touchpad or widescreen PC.
In the future the environmental papery material might take place of current memory devices. You are able to put all the documents into this “file” and it will store the information for you.”
File-top. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Product View. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Usage Situation. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Hermes By Yeongwom Jeon
“Previous tablet PC has two disadvantages. The typing work is not as good as the original keyboard and others can easily see what you are doing on the computer. Now, you do not need to worry about emerging of personal information with Hermes. You can send messages and call with Hermes as well.”
Hermes. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Product View. (Image Source: Design Boom)
HTC Evolve Tablet By Timur Pinar
A HTC branded high-end tablet with smart Android OS running on it. Doubtlessly the design is sleek and the user interface seems to be very promising. There’s also an extra tab on the left side of the tablet which gives more dedicated spaces for apps. I must say this is probably one of the best concepts which I wish it to be materialized.
HTC Evolve Tablet. (Image Source: Timur Pinar)
Features. (Image Source: Timur Pinar)
Extra Tab. (Image Source: Timur Pinar)
HTC TUBE By NAK Studio
Another sleek concept for HTC brand, but the idea revolves around the “Cartridge powered multimedia device”. The concept is not much explained, but this might be the tablet which will function as a big monitor when the phone is plugged in. An interesting idea, and I must say the device is well designed.
HTC TUBE. (Image Source: NAK Studio)
Product View. (Image Source: NAK Studio)
Piggyback By Brooks Benefiel
Piggyback tablet is the similar concept with HTC Tube which suggests that, you have a smartphone, and what you really need now is just a bigger screen.
With the tablet, you will be able to plug in the smartphone to get a bigger screen for more complicated tasks like typing out long report or, if the processing power allows, doing graphic editing job. Yes, all you need is a bigger screen.
Piggyback. (Image Source: DVICE)
Desktop Dock. (Image Source: DVICE)
Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ XL
“Well, here I made a XL-version of Vivaz. It features an 8 megapixel camera at the back, of course with HD video recording and the interior capacity is about 75GB. I hope you like it ;)”
Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ XL. (Image Source: Frank Tobias)
Sony Ericsson X10™ Maxi
“So here I expanded the Sony Ericsson X10 to a tablet called X10 Maxi. ;) It features like the X10, an 8 megapixel camera, the system is OS Android 2.0 and the interior capacity features 100GB.”
Sony Ericsson X10™ Maxi. (Image Source: Frank Tobias)
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ XTab10
Another great design from the XTab series, also one of the series that I sincerely hope it was true.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ XTab10. (Image Source: juris15)
The Part By Jun Se Kim
“Do we really have to buy a smartphone and a pad? Do we really need both? Actually, the only difference between the smartphone and smartpad that we are using separately is the screen size, and the advantage and disadvantage are identified by the size.
Carrying two kinds of devices, smartphone and smartpad, is not only inefficient for users, but it is an uncomfortable waste that the smart era created. In that aspect, the ‘part’ is not a separate device, but an efficient and convenient smart device with a new concept that a smartpad can be combined with a smartphone.”
The Part. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Component Breakdown. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Smart Extension. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Unknown Tablet By Frank Tobias
“Here I made another tablet. Unfortunately I don’t know which brand and user interface I should take for it… Well, the tablet itself sports a 3.5 mm audio jack on the left side, 2 USB ports on the right side, and a camera with 10 megapixels, HD video recording and a triple LED flash…”
Unknown Tablet. (Image Source: Frank Tobias)
Unnamed Tablet By Frank Tobias
“So here’s another tablet concept. It’s running Windows 7, supports a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash at the back, 4GB ram, 300GB interior memory, an Intel i5 processor and HD video recording :)”
Unnamed Tablet. (Image Source: Frank Tobias)
Volumni By Dulyawat Wongnawa
“Volumni is a new concept of PC which integrates various types of PCs into one single device with only a size of an envelope once it’s folded (23 x 10 cm). It consists of 4 units of ultra-slim touchscreens linked together by a 360 degrees pivot hinge. It serves as both a portable device and a workstation depending on user preference. Users can define their usage of the device by just folding and turning it.”
Volumni. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Product View. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Featured Modes. (Image Source: Design Boom)
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ XTab
Seriously this guy needs to be hired by Sony Ericsson, and I’m sure you will know why by looking at 2 distinguishing designs below. Sleek and sexy.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ XTab. (Image Source: juris15)
Apple MacBook Touch Concept
Designed by Tommaso Gecchelin, the core of this concept is a technology called iSpine. Like the spine of a book, the tech allows the device to go from a normal laptop with screen and touchscreen board to large widescreen canvas for drawing, presentation or movie watching. [link]
Apple Tablet Concept
Beautiful Apple Tablet concept rendering by Fotoboer.nl. [link]
Samsung Amoled Flexible
After the companies Nokia and Sony have issued smartphones with flexible displays, it was time for Samsung this week to present his concept futuristic flexible screen. Link
Iris Transparent Tablet Concept
The Iris tablet concept is the work of designers Liu-Wei, Yao Kai-Chi, Hong Ruei Hong & Cheng Ya-Fang, and whilst it is only a concept at the moment, I suspect we will see tablets similar to this in the not too distant future.