Photos: Roll up this laptop

The screen rolls into an easy-to-carry size, and there's no need to panic if it's dropped on the floor, Seffen said.

The material shown here is a copper alloy, with its structure distorted to produce either two shapes: a flat screen or tube structure. Seffen has developed materials that will hold three shapes and said "we think four shapes are a possibility."

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