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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 modern society.
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