In The Fold: 10 Futuristic Folding + Flexible Computer Ideas

Macbook Touch Concept

macbook touch concept

Designer Tommaso Gecchelin absolutely had his finger on the pulse of the industry when he came up with his Macbook Touch concept several years ago. He envisioned a computer that could be a notebook when needed but also completely hinge around the other way to become a two-sided tabletop display. And for those times when you only need a tablet, the notebook swings all the way open to give you a single usable touchscreen surface. In the years since he designed this incredible machine, a lot of the technologies he predicted for it have become not only possible but commonplace.

B-Membrane Computer

b-membrane concept

At first glance you might expect this bizarre device from designer Won-Seok Lee to be a speaker, or a lamp, or even an ashtray. But surprisingly, it is actually an innovative computer unlike any the world has ever seen. It requires no monitor because it just projects its display onto a nearby flat surface. A curved touch keyboard occupies the bottom portion of the machine when it’s in computer mode. When the computer portion of the gadget is switched off, the device doubles as a pretty sweet mood lamp.

iWeb Laptop with Folding Keyboard

iweb foldable keyboard laptop

When netbooks became popular, the biggest complaint people had about the miniature laptops was their impossibly tiny keyboards. Designer Yang Yongchang designed a computer that had a small screen, but a gate-folding keyboard that extended out into standard size. Of course, one thing about portable computers is that people tend to actually like the larger screens…so although it’s a good idea we don’t expect to see this type of computer out in the wild anytime soon.

 Rolltop Computer Concept

rolltop computer concept

What if taking your laptop along with you were as easy as slinging your yoga bag over your shoulder? The creative minds at Orkin Design conceived of a laptop that would be unlike anything else out there. The rolled-up machine consists entirely of an OLED screen; when you want to use it as a laptop you simply fold up the top portion to be used as a screen. The bottom portion becomes a touch-screen keyboard.

orkin designs rolltop computer concept

The core that the Rolltop Computer is rolled around becomes the power source for the machine. When you’re done working and ready to move on, you just roll the whole thing up again, put the strap over your shoulder and go, knowing that you’ve got a crazily unique laptop on which to do your work…and play Candy Crush.