Surface Technology

January 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm Leave a comment

"Touching the screen without the immediate 'DON'T!!' from wary parents"

Another thing I hope to see more of at CES is touch screen technology for the consumer pc. I tested the real thing recently at ED09 but I also got to touch Microsoft’s Surface equipment (think elephant sized laptop on steroids) with applications such as Falcon’s Eye that are brought to life by companies such as Infusion Development.  HP had their unit on display at ED09 in Toronto November 14 and15. The tow differ greatly in their uses right now and with Surface there are some 54 cameras underneath the unit that actually capture and respond to your touch, whereas the monitor like the one HP showed works based on mechanisms that are all around the edge of the screen.

What struck me is that unless you were doing one finger exercises like throwing things around on the desktop e.g. photos and other minor apps, then using it with one or two hands when it isn’t on a flat surface is going to prove to be a problem for people who can’t hold their arms up all day to those with already problematic wrists.  I suspect this issue is going to be picked up real quick and a leaning mechanism will be on all new HP touch screens when the next generation is produced.  Dell is also showing this off on smaller laptops. Here I have seen a version that the screen folds over backwards so that it can be handled exactly like the tablet PC.

Can’t wait to get me one!

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