Apple's attempt to stop Samsung from selling their Galaxy Tab and other devices because they're too similar to the iPad could depend on fictional evidence from 1968. In their opposition brief against Steve Jobs and company, Samsung attached Exhibit D, a still from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, in an attempt to show that tablets existed before Apple's 2004 patent. Reports intellectual-property blog Foss Patents, from the court filing:
In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online [on YouTube]. 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.
Call it "the Dawn of the $500 E-Reader."