So, who invented the tablet? I still give a hat tip to “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and his script writers.
But check out this vision from the mid-'90s from Knight Ridder's “Information Design Lab” talking about digital paper and tablets. (Knight Ridder was once a major American publisher of newspapers before being acquired.)
Knight Ridder exec, 1994: “Tablets will be a whole new class of computer...” Did Knight Ridder get their IPR issues in order?
[ Update: I would say that Roger Fidler (http://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerfidler) and his team deserve more recognition for this. ]
Knight Ridder's Roger Fidler, Director of New Media & Information Design Lab from 1992 to 1995: “...our role is to ... develop long-range vision of where the newspaper industry is headed over the next five, 10, 20 years...” Note that this video was made in 1994.