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Check out the literati - A bamboo case for the BlackBerry PlayBook [concept]

literati bamboo case for the BlackBerry PlayBook
By Adam Zeis on 2 Jul 2012 02:06 pm EDT

There are loads of great cases for the BlackBerry PlayBook ranging from a simple sleeve to the leather envelope to the fancy DODOcase. None however have struck my fancy quite like this concept case I came across in the forums earlier today. Called the literati, this bamboo case was a concept designed by a company called Goods Of Desire. The case itself covers the PlayBook when not in use and the bamboo strips roll around to reveal the screen, also giving you a handle of sorts to hold on to.

The design is modeled after the manuscripts of ancient China, where prior to the invention of paper, 'books' consisted of words carved into strips of bamboo, held together by string. While advancing in the text, a reader could coil the manuscript progressively into one hand. 'Even with the advent of the printed-paper book,' G.O.D notes, 'this way of holding a book remained for chinese readers.' 

While the case is merely a concept and never made it into production (despite the huge BlackBerry logo) it really is a pretty cool idea. Rolling up the bamboo lets you easily hold onto your PlayBook with one hand and also prop it up for movies or typing -- pretty cool stuff.

Would the literati be something you would use on your BlackBerry PlayBook? Or is to extreme for daily use? Hit the link below for more photos and then sound off in the comments.

The BlackBerry bamboo case by G.O.D 
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I think the packaging looks better than the actual bamboo case.
If there was a more slim-line version of the packaging as a case i'd snap that up in a second!


Sorry Adam, but it is not really a concept and G.O.D. REALLY made it available due to the request from R.I.M. Hong Kong. It has both white color and black color. RIM HK has ordered all bamboo cases from G.O.D. So it is not available in the retail shop. Why they buy all of the cases is to make it a gift for Hong Kong Blackberry fans, or an incentive to upgrade to Playbook OS 2.0.

Just back to the period of the release of OS 2.0, RIM HK organised an event in its facebook to invite all blackberry HK fans to upgrade their playbook os and post the "About-General" screen shot to them. And then the lucky guy ( limited quota ) can get a case from them.

Well, the contest is only a Hong Kong-based one and not a global one, but it is always nice to see that RIM do something for their fans, right? :)

PS: I own a white one too :):):) gotta post it when I wake up, it is 2:30 a.m. In Hong Kong. Zzzzzzzzz...


I've got a black one from the same event and use it very often. has blogged about the event, It is in traditional Chinese, but has some really cool photos!


Hey - that was my post!!

Seriously, after seeing it earlier - I wanted one - and the packaging is way cool. If G.O.D. were to do another run - I'm in - as long as the price is right!. Maybe even a white one.

Hey CB store - maybe a small order and a contest?

Thanks for the clarification tindoeshek.


Yes, I would definitely use this case on
This my BlackBerry Playbook