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Is the iPad An 18-Year-Old Idea Borrowed From Roger Fidler?

In the mid-nineties, when laptops amazed gadget lovers, one man predicted the next big thing: a touchable screen meant to deliver information on regular basis and designed to replace the newspaper.

Very few people listened to him at the time and even fewer believed he was on to something big. Ten years later, Apple patented the idea and developed the project.

Twenty years ago, in 1992, a team of researchers, journalists and engineers described the next platform for delivering information.

The device, similar to what we now know as the iPad and tablets in general, was described as having "an interactive graphic interface."

The device was meant to bring closer the "media morphosis", which basically relied on pushing printed media into the digital age.

In 1994, the tablet newspaper was the main topic of a TV story that was broadcasted nationwide. That video documentary is now of great value to Samsung, in its legal war with Apple.

Apple accused the South Korean tech giant of stealing the iPad idea and now Samsung asked Roger Fidler to testify in court - that the tablet idea was common knowledge, and precedes the Apple patent by at least ten years.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.