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Napkin PC[edit]

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.[1][2] The award was personally presented to Holleman by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.[2] Holleman received $20,000 in prize money for the accolade.[2]

There is currently no plan to build the device; it remains a concept. The technology is based on current technologies, like e-paper and radio frequency.[3]


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.[3][4][5][6]

Holleman has also stated that the napkins can easily be shared. The napkins are also modular.[3][4][7] The pen wirelessly powers the napkin when it comes into close range.[3]


Images of the concept released by Holleman show the device running a variant of Windows.[8]

Holleman hopes that the Napkin PC will encourage creative groups to collaborate better because of the conference abilities of the concept.[3][1]

The device will require very little power. It will rely on not a battery, but a single-layer flexible circuit board for inductive power.[3][7] Holleman also hopes that the device will help cut down on paper waste and reduce the need for printers in our society.[3]

Several blogs[4] 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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  2. ^ a b c "The Napkin PC". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Zyga, Lisa (January 5, 2008). "Napkin PC Enables High-Tech Doodling". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Napkin PC Concept Utilizes Multi-Touch E-Paper Display and RF Technology". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.
  5. ^ "Finally a PC that Every Designer has Dreamed About!". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.
  6. ^ admin (March 21, 2012). "Napkin PC Concept". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Napkin PC Concept". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.
  8. ^ "High Tech Napkins". Retrieved 12 November, 2012.