Samsung: iPad In 2001 Movie

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Scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968
The Samsung versus Apple suit around iPad design has swerved into Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey 

 

As part of Samsung’s response to Apple’s assertion that Samsung had copied parts of the design and user-interface of the iPad for the Korean tech giant’s Galaxy Tab, they are looking to some classic sci-fi for support. 

 

Tech Radar reports that in Samsung’s court filing they cite a sequence in the move where two astronauts have a ‘tv dinner’ watching an iPad-like device. The filing asserts, “As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.””

 

Some commentator’s have been astonished at Samsung’s chutzpah in going down this route. But what’s at least as astonishing is seeing some version of tablet technology from 40 years ago. Although even at the time, Senior NASA Apollo administrator George Mueller and astronaut Deke Slayton were so impressed by the design detail when they visited Kubrick’s set in Borehamwood, London that they called it ‘NASA East’. Kudos to the Production Designers.

 

Thanks to Eclectica for Design info

 

 

Kubrick saw the future. Image Source does too with its futuristic stock photos.

 

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