Is the Tablet going anywhere?
Tablets have maintained a major presence in the current gadget market, despite perceived over-exposure. And as it continues to pick up many roles in our day-to-day business and tech activities, it continues to adapt and evolve according to current needs and trends. This is despite being regarded as a supplemental support to an actual computer crossed with a smartphone.
The Future Forecast
“In the past you had very clear scenarios; if you were working at your desk you had a big grey tower, if you were travelling a bit you were given a notebook and with the first bulky notebooks you were happy if it was less than 3kg. Today what you have is an incredible choice,” notes Chrystell Labesque, IDC personal computing team’s research manager.
Although tablet sales might have slowed down, the continued improvement and deeper integration to our mobile communications and connectivity continues. Ranjit Atwal, from technology analyst Gartner, explains, “We’ve started building this grid of devices, sensors, and information flows as we move forward where they are more proactive at providing information rather than reactive as we are often now. You can start thinking of a world where the information comes to you rather than you trying to get information.”
The Tablet’s Historical Evolution
First known through early ’60s sci-fi cults like Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, tablets thrived over the years. The first version was created by the RAND Corporation as a graphical communication device: a RAND Tablet with a screen and pad with a stylus.
The idea for a compact and portable one may be traced to Apple. Scientist Alan Kay wrote the paper “A Personal Computer for Children of All Ages” in 1972, where the concept of an educational portable computer, Dynabook, stemmed from. A tablet / stylus with screen version also appeared in 1982 with the PenCept PenPad 200.
Early prototypes created by Apple include the Knowledge Navigator in 1987 and the Newton MessagePad in 1993 with a few more other versions from other companies. IBM released the 700T before Bill Gates answered with a prototype Tablet PC that had a 600MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, a 10GB hard disk plus two USB ports, running on Windows XP Beta. Later on, in April 2010, the iPad was launched. By 2013, Apple is still the dominating, followed by Samsung and then Amazon, Asus, Lenovo and other brands, according to the International Data Corporation.