The prior art of tablet computer devices from a space odyssey

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

While Apple is embroiled in a number of lawsuits with manufacturers of tablet computer devices, one such company, Samsung, has countered with a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, claiming that the 1968 sci-fi classic offers an example of “prior art”, and is a way of making the point that tablet devices are by no means a unique idea.

One element of Samsung’s defense strategy is interesting enough that I wanted to report on it beforehand. Ever since Apple started to assert the design of the iPad against other manufacturers, many people have been wondering whether there’s actually prior art for the general design of the iPad in some futuristic devices shown in sci-fi movies and TV series. And indeed, Samsung’s lawyers make this claim now in their defense against Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Update: Steve Kubrick… for another 2001-esque take on such matters (thanks Steve).

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