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Omer Sagiv of design company Yanko developed a concept computer that looks interesting, but might be a little too weird to be functional.

Dubbed the Roll Me, the portable PC would feature a flexible display that rolls around a central keyboard core like a newspaper. The keyboard tube is hollow, which serves the double purpose of cooling the unit and storing the also-rollable solar power element.

I’ll admit there’s something neat about this kind of idea, and it would definitely serve as a conversation piece if I pulled it out at a coffee shop, but that’s just the thing… I would NEVER pull this thing out at a coffee shop.

The flat orientation of the display with respect to the user doesn’t make any sense, and the keyboard sits on a cylinder… wouldn’t that be the worst possible shape to provide a stable typing surface? Plus, if the screen is flexible, would I really be able to use this “portable” computer on the couch, on an airplane, or in many of the other places where using a portable machine makes sense? I can’t see myself typing on a tube one-handed while I’m holding up the corner of the screen with the other. I do like the fact that it’s solar powered, but I also wonder how practical it is to power a predominantly indoor device with an outdoor power source.

Maybe you could use the Roll Me for some things, like reading the newspapers its shape seems to be imitating, but if that’s the case, I’d just as soon opt for the real thing.

(via Yanko Design)

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Jenn graduated from the University of Colorado with an M.S. in mechanical engineering after studying robotics and electronics packaging, and has a deeply rooted love for anything that beeps, whirrs, lights up, or runs on a motor. She began writing about technology for CNET's Appliance and Kitchen Gadget blog, and now works as a hardware engineer while providing content for GeekBeat.TV. You can follow her on Twitter @jenntherobot