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Meet the Laptop You Will (Won't?) Use In 2015

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the believe-it-when-i-touch-type-on-it dept.

Portables 231

robert2cane writes "The Compenion concept notebook, designed by Felix Schmidberger, eschews the familiar clamshell design in favor of two superbright organic LED panels that slide into place next to each other, making the notebook just three-quarters of an inch thick." Really this page is just some renderings of some concept computers that are pretty far out of practical production reach. Some interesting ideas, but mostly a whole lot of 'Yeah, right.'

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The laptop that fits into a steering wheel, great! (5, Funny)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082291)

Lets just hope car AI has been perfected by 2015 or we are all going to get mown down by someone who just has to check their facebook profile.

Re:The laptop that fits into a steering wheel, gre (3, Insightful)

bhima (46039) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082747)

I'm pretty sure that future is here now.

Re:The laptop that fits into a steering wheel, gre (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082963)

by 2015 no one will be checking facebook.

Hell by 2009 no one will be checking facebook!

Re:The laptop that fits into a steering wheel, gre (1)

Vornan19 (1131903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083029)

I bet they'll be Twittering the road signs.

Uhhh OK. (5, Insightful)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082323)

>Really this page is just some renderings of some concept computers that are pretty far out of practical production reach. Some >interesting ideas, but mostly a whole lot of yeah right.

Then why is it on /.?? Slow Monday morning?? Whatever happened to the "stuff that MATTERS" part of the slogan??

Re:Uhhh OK. (5, Funny)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082505)

You must be new here...

Re:Uhhh OK. (4, Funny)

canUbeleiveIT (787307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082643)

Some interesting ideas, but mostly a whole lot of yeah right.

Actually, mostly a whole lot of 500 Internal Server Error.

Re:Uhhh OK. (5, Funny)

hesiod (111176) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082819)

Meet the web server you won't use in 2008.

Re:Uhhh OK. (4, Funny)

canUbeleiveIT (787307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083051)

Meet the web server you won't use in 2008.

Just what I wanted, a Diet Code Red Mountain Dew sinus rinse and keyboard wash.

Re:Uhhh OK. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082703)

This reminds me of an article we saw a while back on /. . It composed of 'pictures' of some future laptop. It was obviously a hoax as it had something like 4TB of flash memory and an insanely fast CPU. I just can't remember the details and I'm not having much luck searching /. for it :(

Can anyone recall this and find the article? It was a few years ago now so it would be interesting to see just how "out there" it was.

Re:Uhhh OK. (4, Informative)

mikael (484) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083153)

There's quite a few such articles:

The 256-processor laptop with roll up screen and keyboard [pcmag.com]

Flatter laptops [gizmog.com]

Fold-up screens [coolest-gadgets.com]

Clip-together screens [nonsensical.com]

Gas-turbine batteries [thestar.com]

Dual touchscreen laptop [newlaunches.com]

Mac Tablets [tuvie.com]

Re:Uhhh OK. (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082717)

>Really this page is just some renderings of some concept computers that are pretty far out of practical production reach. Some >interesting ideas, but mostly a whole lot of yeah right.

Then why is it on /.?? Slow Monday morning?? Whatever happened to the "stuff that MATTERS" part of the slogan??

This probably mattered to someone A MONTH AGO when it was posted. Look at the date on the blog.

Re:Uhhh OK. (4, Interesting)

timster (32400) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082885)

Oh, come on. "Stuff that matters" used to be 90% case mods. That's why so many sites were "slashdotted" back in the day -- they were all people's personal Web sites where they had posted their leet case mods.

hmm (1)

Venture37 (654305) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082329)

so by 2015 we'll have finally migrated to windows vista??

Re:hmm (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082701)

I am not sure. it could be a laptop finally able to run vista by 2015, or it is some linux users boredom who are running kde 5.2 with a Vista icon set and backgrounds.

The task bar that is 1/8 of the screen is the clue.

I bet... (2, Insightful)

God of Lemmings (455435) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082349)

that Felix Schmidberger looks at his fingers while he types.

Re:I bet... (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082669)

that Felix Schmidberger looks at his fingers while he types.

Hah, onlu dumb peopke meed to look ar their fongerd ti write.

The future - same as today ... (4, Funny)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082365)

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, support@freehostia.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Apache/1.3.33 Server at future-design.freehostia.com Port 80

BTW: You can have my keyboard when you pry it from my cold dead hands!

Re:The future - same as today ... (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082407)

BTW: You can have my keyboard when you pry it from my cold dead hands!

No problem. That can be arranged.

Re:The future - same as today ... (1)

craagz (965952) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082645)

so much talk about RTFA! how can a soul RTFA when there are "500 Internal Server Errors" pluralized for comic effect

Re:The future - same as today ... (4, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082687)

Ways To Know You've Failed As A Comedian:

1) You need to point out your jokes.

Re:The future - same as today ... (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083167)

Ways To Know You've Failed As A Comedian:

1) You need to point out your jokes.

2) You are posting your jokes on Slashdot.

Re:The future - same as today ... (4, Informative)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082825)

Yup, the site is pretty overloaded. Coral cache [nyud.net] to the rescue!

(Not that the site is really worth the effort...)

Re:The future - same as today ... (1)

Doug Neal (195160) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083083)

Error: 500 Internal Server Error

Server CoralWebPrx/0.1.19 (See http://coralcdn.org/ [coralcdn.org] ) at 129.74.74.16:8080

Well, at least the cached copy is kinda up to date :P

Coral Cache has never worked for me. I really don't know what all the fuss is about.

Tactile response (2, Insightful)

Swizec (978239) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082375)

So what's the tactile typing response on those advance touchscreen keyboards of the future?

I bet there will be a lot of disgruntled programmers/novelists/actual-users-of-computers in the future.

Re:Tactile response (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082435)

That is one big issue that was discussed in some HCI rings when talking about touch screens and touch screen keyboards. Either people will get used to the idea of no tactile response or... something new will need to be created.

Re:Tactile response (1)

Swizec (978239) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082609)

Yes people could get used to no tactile response, but you forget they have been evolving with tactile response in mind since ... well, the beginning of evolution really. Kind of difficult to circumvent a few million years of hard-coded knowledge.

you're missing the main point! (2, Funny)

thermian (1267986) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082545)

Its organic!. Therefore it's obviously better for you in every possible way!

Or does that mean its steeped in unprocessed manure?

I always get those two mixed up....

Re:Tactile response (4, Interesting)

paradxum (67051) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082593)

I love that argument! Simply because the answer is so obvious. Most (newer) laptops have bluetooth integrated in them. If you just NEED a keyboard (really, nothing wrong with that... I NEED one for what I do) just get a bluetooth keyboard for when you are "working" ... there are even roll up ones to take when you are traveling.

Re:Tactile response (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083043)

Why include a keyboard at all then?

Re:Tactile response (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082615)

A tactile touchscreen? Perhaps something that gives a slight tap back whenever a keypress is registered?

Alternatively,a clear keyboard with a screen underneath it would allow for tactile feedback, as well as the advantages of a touchscreen board. The overlay could also be removed so that only the touchscreen is accessible....

Re:Tactile response (1)

bhima (46039) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082673)

There's already been a patent on a tactile touchscreen... I probably read here too.

Re:Tactile response (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082791)

Quite obviously it gives you a small electric jolt on each keypress as feedback.

Re:Tactile response (4, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082697)

Oblig. [thebestpag...iverse.net]

First of all, the E70 has a full keyboard, not some shitty stripped down, tap-and-pray smudgy piece of shit. Nokia uses a technology that's even more advanced than the iPhone's tap screen, allowing you to actually feel the keys you press as you're pressing them! The technology is called "tactile response," and it allows you to do things like dial a phone number without staring at your screen like a shit-chucking ape. In fact, every other cellphone ever made has this technology, sometimes called "buttons."

Re:Tactile response (1)

AngelofDeath-02 (550129) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082733)

why not include a few electric contacts, so that your feedback is a slight tingling sensation?

I guess someone would horribly misuse it eventually, but that's what disclaimers are for. heh

Re:Tactile response (4, Interesting)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082859)

With a little luck, and some help from engineers [redferret.net] , they will still have tactile feedback. I'm actually rather anxious to try one of these Nokia "haptic" screens.

Re:Tactile response (1)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082969)

The Compenion concept notebook two very shiny screens which lay flat so would be hard to see. No tactile response on the keyboard(unless the surface is electrified.) and a pen with no where to store it when your on the go. The Canova concept notebook looks like the EeePC V2. again same problems except that it can bee tilted and isn't as shiny and has ports. The Cario concept notebook Seperate keyboard pannel with no buttons requiring an on screen keyboard (WTF!) why design a laptop which can be used in a 20 year old car ?

Re:Tactile response (3, Funny)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083149)

microscopic ray guns built into every pixel that fire tiny repulsor beams into your fingertips as you type, creating the illusion of feedback. Plus tiny speakers also built into each pixel that creates the sound of clacking springs. the deluze model has miniature tractor beam guns bulti in for those who want that "spilled the coffee / ate a doughnut over the keys" slightly tacky feel...

2015 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082383)

Oh, well. It seem that 2015 will not be the year of the Linux desktop.

Re:2015 (1)

joaommp (685612) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082535)

does that look like a desktop to you? seriously. you will have X-Surface though.

Re:2015 (1)

Ruvim (889012) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082831)

But it will be! The only OS-specific reference on the page is "Apache/1.3.33 Server" and we all know what is Apache's native OS!

Re:2015 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082975)

Oh, well. It seem that 2015 will not be the year of the Linux desktop.

Duh, it won't need to be. All of 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013 and 2014 will be the year of the Linux desktop.

old news (3, Informative)

hansraj (458504) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082393)

Dupe too [slashdot.org]

I already have it (4, Informative)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082409)

I have a Sony Vaio 280p Micro PC. I bought it in 2007, though it came out in 2005. It's small enough to fit in a jacket pocket and I can walk and browse at the same time. It's got wi-fi, bluetooth, 2 cameras, a USB port, a fingerprint reader, et al. Granted, it still has XP on it, but I'm going to put Ubuntu on it one of these days. I'm not about to go back to a full-size laptop, no matter how much cooler it looks.

Re:I already have it (1, Offtopic)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082541)

For the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would buy a computer that was manufactured by a company that would put rootkits on music CDs.

You would buy a computer from Sony? What were you thinking?

Re:I already have it (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082699)

Yeah, I'm not thrilled with Sony, but I'm hard pressed to find anything like the micro pc that I like. The memory duo whatever card slot is useless, as everything else I have uses SD. It came with a lot of junk I had to uninstall, but other than that I love it. Hopefully they'll get their act together and actually adopt a standard everyone else uses for once instead of making their own.

Re:I already have it (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082803)

Hopefully they'll get their act together and actually adopt a standard everyone else uses for once instead of making their own.

Sony? You must be new here. And by here I mean Earth.

Re:I already have it (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082917)

much easier to have the rootkits pre-installed

Re:I already have it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082543)

What is the usefulness behind having 2 cameras? Is there something one just can't pull off?

Re:I already have it (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082595)

One is a webcam pointed at you. The other is higher quality on the other side for taking pics/video.

Stereoscopic 3D (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082617)

Is there something one (camera) just can't pull off?

Stereoscopic 3D photographs (or even video, if the capture rates is fast enough).

I don't know what the camera placement is on this particular model though.

Camera placement front/back (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082639)

Quick surf answered my questions ;

It has a 1.3Mpixel camera at the back, and a 0.3MPixel one at the front. Presumably it's so you can take photos, while you videoconference.....

I liked my idea better.

Or separately... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083115)

Presumably it's so you can take photos, while you videoconference.....

1.3 for photos, on the outside of the device, pointing away from you, aimed through the screen.
0.3 for video, on the inside of the device, pointing at you, again aimed through the screen.

You don't need much bigger than 0.3Mp for video-conferencing, while every extra pixel would be useful for photos.
And having only one camera would make one of the options unusable - unless the screen or camera was rotatable so you can aim the camera for photos AND again aim at yourself so you see the person who you are video-conferencing with while they see you too.

Good for you... (0, Troll)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083151)

Great. I am happy for you.

But there ARE people out there that DO need larger screens, optical drives, full-size keyboards etc.

New machines need new operating systems... (2, Insightful)

ClaraBow (212734) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082421)

Hardware designers may come up with some beautiful and innovated designs, but there needs to be a new OS to go with the hardware which will take advantage of the machine's unique design. The iphone works because the software and hardware work together and provide a good user experience. I say this because I noticed on the screenshots that these new amazing machines were running Vista. I know they are just rendered images, but nevertheless, it takes away from the hardwares' appeal. Tablets could have been a great success if the hardware manufactures had used a better OS than XP with some extensions.

Re:New machines need new operating systems... (4, Funny)

Tom (822) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082521)

Actually, one of the screenshots had a clearly visible logo of XP. That's interesting, if it's meant for 2015...

Re:New machines need new operating systems... (1)

craagz (965952) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082677)

i am sure, XP will be extinct (M$ poaching) by then and having XP logos on wallpapers will be considered retro

Re:New machines need new operating systems... (5, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082817)

Actually, one of the screenshots had a clearly visible logo of XP. That's interesting, if it's meant for 2015...

That's because by 2015 Microsoft still won't have an operating system better than Windows XP.

Re:New machines need new operating systems... (1)

Hoplite3 (671379) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083009)

Hey. Don't rub it in our faces that you got to see the pictures before the server flamed out.

'Futurism' reflects the current age (4, Insightful)

Langfat (953252) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082455)

Ok, not all of it, but most of it.

Case in point? Look at the holographic shark that jumps out of the cinema and bites Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. It looks so 80s because, well, it was made in the 80s. It is likely that even 7 years from now there will be technology which hasn't been invented yet that will be incorporated in every computer -- that is, assuming notebooks are even considered reasonable any more... i personally expect things to go more the way of the iPhone/Archos for portable computation.

Re:'Futurism' reflects the current age (2, Interesting)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082775)

Mod parent up for mentioning Back to the Future, which I don't think I'm far off the mark in saying is the best movie ever. :) Seriously, though, you are quite right. By 2015 it's possible that the traditional idea of the laptop/notebook will have been forgone entirely for a whole new design we haven't thought of yet.

In speculation... although I enjoy typing, I'd like to see some voice recognition in place for dictating (useful when on the road, if you must use your computer there) rather than the usual manual entry, at least for things like emailing or putting together a speech. But, as with everything in the future, all we can do is wait and see. And create.

Sites down (0, Redundant)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082467)

I guess the site was running on the laptop and it went back to 2015.

Obligatory conversion (2, Informative)

Knx (743893) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082475)

Because there are still a few countries which haven't yet adopted the U.S. customary units (just joking, hey ... but go ahead and start bashing me now): three-quarters of an inch is approximately 1.9 centimeters [google.com] . Which is not *that* thin, IMO. At least for a 2015 laptop, I mean.

Re:Obligatory conversion (0, Troll)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082559)

What's that in African male elephants?

Re:Obligatory conversion (2, Interesting)

Slashidiot (1179447) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082693)

According to wikipedia, African male elephants are about 3.64m tall, so that would be 0.005234 African male elephants.

Just FYI, it would also be 0.00635 African female elephants, or 0.0127 zebras.

Actually, when expressed in these units, it definately looks a bit too thick for a laptop.

Re:Obligatory conversion (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082977)

We use metric when describing our NUCLEAR WEAPONS!!!

(That's a "Civilization" reference, not a threat...)

Scary! (0, Offtopic)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082477)

The last picture in the series has a guy in the driver's seat of a car. Presumably he's parked... but there are some incredibly stupid people out there. On my way to work this morning I saw a guy trying to glue his rearview mirror on (no kidding).

There are enough distractions as it is - a mayfly buzzed past my face while traveling Friday, and I thought it was a wasp and almost wrecked the car.

Whoever laid out that series of photos, why can't you be a little more responsible? People are stupid. Please don't encourage dangerous stupidity! It's bad enough that kids think it's safe to text on their cells while driving, you'll have them thinking it's ok to use your computer while driving.

That was an incredibly irresponsible photo, whoever posted it should be ashamed of him/herself.

Re:Scary! (0, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082845)

There are enough distractions as it is - a mayfly buzzed past my face while traveling Friday, and I thought it was a wasp and almost wrecked the car.

Wow, what an asshole.

I got stung on my right eyelid by a bee once as a kid. I didn't almost wreck my bike.

You're piloting a ton of steel down the road, and you almost wrecked the car because of a bug? If a black widow is on your forehead, you'd better fucking pull over before you smack it if you're going to swerve otherwise.

You'd better learn to take one for the team.

why can't you be a little more responsible? People are stupid.

Obviously.

Re:Scary! (1)

Vornan19 (1131903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083085)

An acquaintance once related to me how during a bus trip he saw some guy driving next to the bus with a laptop in the passenger seat, newspaper over the steering wheel, and a cell phone in his hand!

Said he was glad to be on the bus and not another car!

In 2015: Internal Server Error (1)

tensop (1232374) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082483)

Perhaps in 2015, This laptop will have enough power to circumvent 500 Internal Server Errors.

No touch screen keyboards please! (3, Insightful)

jabjoe (1042100) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082491)

Why on earth would I want a touch screen keyboard? You can't feel the keys! I touch type solely on the feel of the keys. Why would I want to have to go back to looking down? If I using my hands to input, having to look at them as they do so is wasting my time. Yer they look good on a set of star trek, but in reality that ship would have been destroyed long ago but villains with keyboards they don't have to look down at to press fire. Until the touch screen raises where buttons are, you are using one sense less while working, and if you aren't using that touch screen to look at, what is the point?

Re:No touch screen keyboards please! (1)

craagz (965952) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082743)

maybe the touchscreen is calibrated so that different keys give off tiny little electric shocks unique to those keys. You know 2015.. it could be anything..

Then there will be discussions based on "H key is my fave key, it gives off a holistic shock!"

Too Much Touch (3, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082503)

I'm a big fan of multitouch, and in fact am an early adopter, and one of the probably 2000 or so people who bought a TouchStream (the first multitouch keyboard on the market, many years ago, long before TouchStream went bancrupt and was then acquired by Apple...)

But exactly that experience has taught me one thing: You can't beat tactile feedback for keyboard input. As long as your display doesn't have tactile feedback, multitouch sucks and won't replace a regular keyboard.

What multitouch is great at is analog input, i.e. the stuff we use the mouse for right now. Dragging stuff, resizing stuff, drawing shapes (for gestures or graphics, or to select, whatever) all that kind of things. But when it comes to typing text, you don't want to do that on surface that doesn't give you tactile feedback. FWIW, I can type more error-free with my eyes closed on a regular keyboard, than with my eyes open on a touch-keyboard.

So if those designers could shed their fanboyship of multitouch surfaces for a while, and do what designers ought to do for a change, namely look for the meeting point between form and function, they'd find a lot more and better applications for multitouch displays than keyboard replacements.

Re:Too Much Touch (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082737)

Keys that automatically fit to your hand size. Keys that move to be under you fingers. Keys that teach you how to spell. Resizable keys. Keys that change color to fit your mood or chosen scheme. Keys that fade if never used. Keys that rearrange themselves for new kinds of games. Keys that align themselves by application to make some combinations faster to type. Keys that show different characters by character set and language. Who wouldn't want one of these?

Re:Too Much Touch (1)

Shaitan Apistos (1104613) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083093)

I'm a big fan of multitouch, and in fact am an early adopter, and one of the probably 2000 or so people who bought a TouchStream (the first multitouch keyboard on the market, many years ago, long before TouchStream went bancrupt and was then acquired by Apple...)

But exactly that experience has taught me one thing: You can't beat tactile feedback for keyboard input. As long as your display doesn't have tactile feedback, multitouch sucks and won't replace a regular keyboard.

What multitouch is great at is anal

I was reading slashdot on my cellphone, this is how my phone's browser decided to render your comment.

Re:Too Much Touch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24083177)

The other thing most people do not seem to realize with this interesting idea (it is at least that), is heat. Not quite sure how well those screens would hold up to something at about 90-130 degrees right under the pixels (i am looking at you cpu). Better be some bad ass cooling or shielding. I am sure people would love having this weird splotch on the screen.

If they could also come up with some sort of tactile thing that overlays the screen that is reconfigurable. THAT would be interesting. Such as raised bumps or something...

Same old same old (5, Interesting)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082507)

Every year we see all sorts of concepts for computers that we'll be using in 5, 10 or 20 years time. Yet 5, 10 or 20 years ago, the devices we used then are still largely the same.
Sure, they're faster and have more memory, as well as maybe more colours on their screens, but ultimately they don't look all that different.
I very much doubt any of these concepts will see the light of day unless they offer something truly useful and innovative.

Re:Same old same old (1)

forgotten_my_nick (802929) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083081)

largely the same? o_O

Released in 1989.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_Portable [wikipedia.org]

Now
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook_Air [wikipedia.org]

although I have a mobile phone more powerful then most desktops from 1989.

Re:Same old same old (1)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083119)

Macs are a slight exception to the rule as they tend to focus on changing their style, but the only thing that's really changed (When you think about it) is the size of the device.
They both still essentially are made up of a keyboard, screen and some inputs here and there.

Rollable displays and virtual keyboards (2, Informative)

backpackcomputing (1249130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082513)

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future but in terms of display technology, I think rollable displays will be common by 2015. The rollable screens have an obvious form factor appeal. The devices will probably be cylinder shaped (think paper towel tube, but a bit smaller) with a virtual keyboard. There are already early versions of both rollable displays and virtual keyboards in existence, see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/technology/06novelties.html?_r=1&ref=technology&oref=slogin [nytimes.com] and http://www.virtualdevices.net/Products.htm [virtualdevices.net] , respectively. By 2015 rollable displays will have full color, etc. and virtual keyboards will hopefully have haptic attributes. This is just my best guess before my morning coffee! http://backpackcomputing.com/ [backpackcomputing.com]

Re:Rollable displays and virtual keyboards (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082883)

Rollable makes little sense because you'll just look like you have a donkey dick in your pocket. It needs to be something that folds up. The ideal interface would just locate your eye and shoot a laser beam through it, some nice people at MIT built some glasses that used lasers mounted to them, that is just the next evolution. When your cellphone is capable of just painting a reality overlay on your retina, you're going to feel stupid carrying a roll of toilet paper around in your pants (especially when everyone is using the three seashells anyway.)

Re:Rollable displays and virtual keyboards (4, Funny)

Shaitan Apistos (1104613) | more than 6 years ago | (#24083185)

Rollable makes little sense because you'll just look like you have a donkey dick in your pocket.

It already looks like I have a donkey dick in my pocket, you insensitive clod!

Re:Rollable displays and virtual keyboards (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082915)

Then let's hope these rollable displays have a way of also flattening back out properly. I hate it my kids bring home a school project that has been nicely rolled into a tube, and then it takes reverse rolling, weights and humidity to flatten it out. It keeps curling up maddeningly! Wouldn't it be crazy if the display kept curling at the edges?

Free Hosting? (3, Funny)

miakeru (683909) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082565)

Did Slashdot really just link to a page with the words 'free' and 'host' in the URL?

Rejected technology (4, Interesting)

just_forget_it (947275) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082573)

Tactile response is a huge reason we have keyboards. The technology that can replace them is here now, and has been for quite a while. But nothing can beat the practicality of a keyboard. Replacing it with a touchscreen is just impractical. There's no tactile response, and banging your fingers on a hard, unyielding surface is going to cause typing fatigue much quicker. Then, there's the fingerprints and smudging you have to deal with, along with scratches.

There are plenty of technologies that came along that were poised to replace something but never quite made it. Remember the "push button transmission" in the mid-50's Dodge models? Of course you don't. It was supposed to do away with that antiquated lever system used to switch gears. But people LIKED the lever, and with the push button controller you could do something that the lever didn't allow you to: place your car into reverse directly from drive, which is obviously extremely dangerous.

Then in the 1980's we saw another phenomenon: the digital dashboard. Instead of using those antiquated analog dials, automakers started using digital readouts instead. It was all computerized and cool and futuristic...and was gone by the early 1990's. People wanted the old-fashioned dials.

To predict that the keyboard will be gone in less than 10 years is like predicting the steering wheel will be gone by then, too.

Re:Rejected technology (1)

xonar (1069832) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082789)

To predict that the keyboard will be gone in less than 10 years is like predicting the steering wheel will be gone by then, too.

Sheesh, I hope autopilot is available in 2018 :/

Re:Rejected technology (1)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082829)

Actually its demise had something to do with how the park mechanism worked. Shifting a car out of park while on a hill requires more force then one can provide by just pushing a button and the electric assist motors of the time period proved unreliable.

As for digidashs, they suffered from the same problem, faulty electronics. Many times they would simply go dead. The only improvement that stuck from the digidash era was the electronic speedometer sender system, it was much more reliable then the mechanical cable driven speedometers of the past.

SCARY (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082585)

that last one with the laptop fitting to the steering wheel is just scary.
does this come with an autopilot?

still, that's the last thing we need.

Re:SCARY (1)

mspohr (589790) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082651)

It's so last century to fit your laptop to the steering wheel. Actually, they will fit a steering wheel to the laptop as the new input device. You just plug the car into the laptop when you want to drive somewhere... just remember... nothingcangowrong.

Re:SCARY (2, Funny)

Atti K. (1169503) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082867)

Just imagine:
"Drivecar.exe has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down."

Or...

"Inflate airbags: Cancel or Allow?"

Re:SCARY (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082911)

I don't think you understand. That is the "grocery getter 2.0" peripheral. It snaps into a small slot in the back of the computer. Oddly it is not the largest peripheral available. However, there is a limited market for ICBM 3.2.

just like phones, cars and televisions (2, Informative)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082637)

When a human-interfacing technology gets past the experimental stage, the major aspects (size, weight, function, layout) tend to remain static. Partly because that's what people expect - and there's a cost to having people change their habits, and partly because they work well.

So it will be in the laptop of the future. Keyboards won't get any bigger or smaller, same with screen sizes. So the LotF will be the same size as todays (and 10 years' ago's, too). Functions will probably be similar, also: documents, games, media, communication.

Yes, they'll be faster, but all the extra DRM and security features (such as having everything encrypted) will take away most of the gain. Disks will be gone - hello SSDs - but that's an easy prediction, as is wireless connectivity. the O/S and applications will be so transparent to the user that who owns/makes them will be irrelevant.

The only major change I can foresee is the need for personal identification and possibly a built-in payment mechanism, for all the media - whicj will have to be paid for, before you can view it.

And what is new about it? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082657)

I see no real new ideas that I think are worth mentioning. They still look the same as we have them now.

No real new ideas. I am looking for something that is small enough to fit in my pocket, like a cellphone AND large enough to be able to have 1600x1200 in a readable manner AND use an easy way to enter data AND being able to add modules that I need AND ...

All I see is OR/OR ideas.

Why do people buy expensive phones? Two reasons. because they want to show off and because they want to have these different functions in one system.
Why do people walk around with portables? Because they have no serious other option.

What I see as the future is having one more things that are small enough to have with you, yet power full enough to connect to a screen and a keyboard at where I work and at home.

Something like a Nokia Communicator. Add an interface that connects to whatever is needed and you are done. Come to think of it, this is already possible. Just mount your portable device and you have the data.

Best thing is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082675)

That one of the laptop still runs XP in 2015.

Moving parts? In 2015?? (4, Interesting)

ThePhilips (752041) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082679)

I hope by 2015 notebooks would have no moving parts - no sliding things either.

I just want a normal notebook. Just normal notebook from Sci-Fi: no physical parts, voice interface, 3D projector and virtual keyboard. All that packed into watch.

Google can't find images - but something like it was in Heroic Age [wikipedia.org] anime.

hosted.... (1)

custerfluck (888788) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082695)

on a laptop (not being used?)

Ha ha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082731)

"Eschew" is a funny word.

Sounds like ...

ah ... ah ... es-CHEW!

(pardon me)

Well, I won't be using it (1)

the_B0fh (208483) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082837)

Since it's been slashdotted to hell.

Sheesh, what kind of a wunderbar laptop could it be, if it couldn't even handle a little slashdotting...

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