Tablets are wonderful handheld computers that can be controlled at the press of a finger. These handy devices are used by people across the globe, and even further upwards on the International Space Station.
Apple claims to have invented the tablet with the release of its iPad. However, Samsung made an extremely interesting case in court that it didn’t: Stanley Kubrick and Sir Arthur C. Clarke did in the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, a space-exploration film released in 1968.
This film is renowned for being ahead of its time, with its depictions of space travel and imagery being surprisingly accurate. In the film, Dr David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) watch news updates from their flat-screen computers, referred to in the film as ‘newspads’.
Samsung claimed that these ‘newspads’ were the original tablet; the made-up technology that featured in a film over 40 years before the first iPad arrived in 2010.
PortabilityModern tablets can be as powerful as computers, but their small size means they are easy to use on the go. RecognitionTablets today are capable of recognising fingerprints and even facial features of their owner for better security.