What if your laptop took up as much space as your umbrella?

Since the 1984 launch of MacIntosh (see below video where Steve Jobs congratulations Lee Clow and the team at TBWA\Chiat Day after the début of the 1984 spot), computers have changed enormously on the interior but have stayed relatively similar on the exterior, always equipped with a protective shell and a keyboard—until now, that is.  The below project, by the German design agency Orkin Design, and presented on the blog Influencia offers a radical departure from the classic laptop, by using new flexible screens.  A 17-inch screen in tablet or “tv” form becomes a laptop when using the 13-inch digital keyboard.  The column that the computer wraps itself around provides the cables, the speakers and the webcam.  At the moment, this is only a prototype—but it gives us an interesting look at what’s in store for us in the future!

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