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The Napkin PC is a concept for a next-generation computer entered into the 2009 Next-Gen PC Design Competition by Avery Holleman. The concept won first prize, the Chairman's Award. The award was personally presented to Holleman by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Holleman received $20,000 in prize money for the accolade.
A "napkin" holder functions as a base-station for the technology. The base-station is filled with e-paper "napkins", as well as a place for some coloured pens. The user can simply pick up a pen and interact with the napkin using the pen. The napkin and pen communicate using short-range RF technology, while both connect with the base-station using long-range RF waves.
Images of the concept released by Holleman show the device running a variant of Windows.
The device will require very little power. It will rely on not a battery, but a single-layer flexible circuit board for inductive power. Holleman also hopes that the device will help cut down on paper waste and reduce the need for printers in our society.
Several blogs have pointed out that due to the nature of the circuit board used in the Napkin PC, the cost may end up being astronomical.
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