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Oh Snap! Did Apple Copy Space Odyssey?

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It seems like Samsung was just waiting for Apple to claim they copied the iPad with their own version of the tablet.

After accused of being a copycat, they unveiled their secret weapon to combat Apple's patent claims — Stanley Kubrick.

In Samsung's opposition papers, they bring to attention the personal computer tablet used in Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey:

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. 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.

Snap, snap!

Watch the video for URself (above). What conclusions do U come to?

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8 comments to “Oh Snap! Did Apple Copy Space Odyssey?”



  1. 1

    Prior art.



  2. 2

    I hate apple



  3. 3

    the doors at my grocery store open just like the door opened on the original star trek. get on it samsung!!!



  4. 4

    wait—they don't ever touch them or pick them up. Why is anyone assuming they are "tablets" at all? They seem obviously to be implying that video monitors will be set into a table top, as evidenced by the fact that both men are watching the same thing.



  5. 5

    Re: BoyScout – Just what I was thinking - I haven't seen the whole movie but to me it looks like just another screen embedded into the table.



  6. 6

    I can't read ANY story on my iPad or iPhone. Bet Perez has lost tons of viewers because of this! This website layout sucks balls to the max on apple devices!



  7. 7

    samsung is so desperate, what a joke, another hit from the suing happy koreans



  8. 8

    If you remember Tom Hanks charactor in "Big" talked about eletronic comic book that you could read a forever changing book.