Next Big Thing – folding laptops

The Fujitsu Lifebook X2 concept doesn't do things by halves. Quarters on the other hand…

Er, don't all laptops already fold?

Alright clever clogs. Yes, of course all laptops fold – but what if they could do more than just open and close? This Fujitsu Lifebook X2 concept is all about the multi-fold.

Multi-fold?

Unlike a regular laptop which opens and closes around a single hinge, the Lifebook X2 has three, allowing it to fold into quarters, concertina-style. When fully unfurled there's a QWERTY keyboard, but snap it into half-fold mode and a touchscreen keyboard pops up.

Surely you can't fold a screen in half?

Actually, you can. Polymer Vision made a foldable E Ink screen for its Readius ebook. Don't expect to see one on the shelves soon, though – the company went bust in 2009. But foldable screens are very much a reality; we should see some knocking about in the latest tech soon. Meanwhile check out these images of the Fujitsu Lifebook X2 concept. And try not to drool.

[via Yanko Design]

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