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The World's First Four-Screen Laptop

CmdrTaco posted about 5 years ago | from the four-is-better-right dept.

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Barence writes "Intel has stunned visitors at IDF by showing off the world's first four-screen laptop. The oddly-named 'Tangent Bay' has three miniature touchscreens set horizontally into the case below the main, full-sized panel. It is a fully functional prototype: delegates were able to scroll photos around the touchscreens by swiping with a finger. The idea smacked a little too much of the ill-fated Vista SideShow." Seems strange that they would put the screens above the keyboard. I think embedding an iPhone type touchscreen in place of the trackpad would be a far more useful thing.

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Useful (4, Interesting)

sopssa (1498795) | about 5 years ago | (#29528665)

Seems strange that they would put the screens above the keyboard.

Actually, when done correctly it works good. Myself I have Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard [logitech.com] , which has 320x240 color LCD on the top of keyboard. Now I dont play much, but I find the keyboard really nice with its extra buttons that you can use for macros etc (and I get teh nerdy "command center" feel ;)

The main thing I use it for is the cpu/ram meters. I know I could get it on the screen aswell, but I dont like that as I tend to run everything on fullscreen.. browser, visual studio, irc and just alt-tab between them. That is why desktop widgets dont work, because I never see them. On the other hand always-on-top widgets would be in the way all the time. But when its running on the lcd screen on keyboard that I dont all the time use for something else, its nice.

Another thing that I frequently use with the LCD is the YouTube player. When people paste some youtube link, I copy it to clipboard and instead of opening new browser tab and bringing it on top of the screen, it starts playing on the lcd screen. That way I can watch the video without actually putting all my concentration on it.

The screen is also great for providing all kinds of information from various programs, like chat windows, irc, rss reader, music player, stats or healthbars and so on in games. On an interesting note, someone even developed a counter-strike hack that used the lcd screen to display its menu and a radar. That way there wasn't any hack related menus etc on the actual screen, so screenshots didn't catch it.

However it looks like you would be looking at that laptop's screens from 45 or higher angle, which cant be that nice. Maybe they could had added another surface between screen and keyboard so that it would be angled better. But like the article says, its just a prototype to show off intel's experiements, and not likely a product.

Extra small screens can be really useful. It's a great place to show information or content that would get in the way if it was on your actual monitor. Having second monitor on side usually tends to go into other purposes and isn't usually on the view as good as lcd on top of your keyboard.

Re:Useful (2, Funny)

kinnell (607819) | about 5 years ago | (#29529009)

Yes, and if one extra small screen is useful, think how useful 3 will be. That's right! 3 times more useful. Of course, making it publically known like that was a mistake. As soon as they release it, you can bet that one of their competitors will release a laptop with 4 small screens. Then they won't look so clever. Start selling your intel shares now folks.

Re:Useful (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 5 years ago | (#29529415)

It's that type of thinking that brought us the Shick Quatro and the five bladed Gilette Fusion. What's next, airplanes with two or three sets of wings?

Re:Useful (1)

Libertarian001 (453712) | about 5 years ago | (#29530475)

Far be it for me to shit all over your meme, but have you actually used the five-bladed Fusion? Hint: It is actually much nicer than their previous offerings.

Re:Useful (3, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | about 5 years ago | (#29530569)

Gillette - Because it's not a close enough shave if you don't need a blood transfusion afterwards.

Re:Useful (1)

treeves (963993) | about 5 years ago | (#29530939)

I really do have fewer cuts and nicks with more blades - I think the applied force is spread over more blades reducing the pressure on any given blade - either that or the angle of incidence of the blades is more controlled.

Re:Useful (1)

e4g4 (533831) | about 5 years ago | (#29531127)

And yet it still can't compare to a straight razor.

Re:Useful (2, Informative)

ShooterNeo (555040) | about 5 years ago | (#29529183)

Note that in the article the screens are OLEDs. Those don't have viewing angle problems at all, unlike LCDs.

Re:Useful (2, Insightful)

Hijacked Public (999535) | about 5 years ago | (#29529355)

The main thing I use it for is the cpu/ram meters.

Serious question. Not trying to troll or whatever else.

What do you do with your computer that makes CPU/RAM meters something you look at often?

I ask this because I was searching for a theme to dim Snow Leopard and I kept running across these very busy desktops with all sorts of meters and such on them. I do a whole bunch of Photoshop, and a lot of video editing, so my computers tend to be well stocked with CPU and RAM, which I did specifically because I don't want to have to pay attention to the machine's resources.

Most of the kids on /wg/ have all that Rainmeter stuff for geek bling purposes I'm sure, but I'm wondering what the actual useful applications might be.

Re:Useful (2, Informative)

Swizec (978239) | about 5 years ago | (#29529439)

but I'm wondering what the actual useful applications might be.

Quite simple actually, they tell you when you need to start closing stuff. See my computers often get laggy because I'm doing many things at once and it's useful to know who the culprit is. Did I forget to shut down a tab with flash in it, or did something hang in the background and made everything crap. Often with two cores you'll get a hung app and not notice for a few days before you tax the other core enough to start problems.

Re:Useful (1)

sopssa (1498795) | about 5 years ago | (#29529961)

Yep, thats the thing. Those hanging programs are even more of a problem with quad core, since they only hang one of them so you dont really notice. But when the meter shows that one core is all the time taking 100%, you know some program has hanged.

Interestingly I noticed this on my laptop just a few days ago. Things weren't as fast, but not really slow either. When I happened to look at the process monitor, I found that Firefox had been hanging there for a few days taking 50% of cpu :)

You also easily notice that which games need lots of memory and know beforehand to close the bigger programs. Games like Braid run without problems, but when running GTA IV it tends to go all the way to 95% RAM even with 4GB of it. If I leave Visual Studio or such big programs on the background, everything just slows down. It's a quick and easy way to notice wheres the problem.

Re:Useful (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 5 years ago | (#29530121)

> Interestingly I noticed this on my laptop just a few days ago. Things weren't as fast, but not really slow either. When I happened to look at the process monitor, I found that Firefox had been hanging there for a few days taking 50% of cpu :)

On Windows you can just run task manager - it minimizes to an icon and you can see if something is wedged. Actually on a laptop it's pretty easy to tell even without looking because you can hear the fan spin up.

Re:Useful (1)

sopssa (1498795) | about 5 years ago | (#29530211)

But that only tells the overall usage - its harder to notice with dual/quad cores since it only takes a small amount.

Re:Useful (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 5 years ago | (#29530341)

If your CPU usage is 50% and you're on a dual core system, one core is running at 100%.

Same with quad core - if it stays pegged at 25%, something process is stuck.

Re:Useful (2, Insightful)

kimvette (919543) | about 5 years ago | (#29530253)

Re: What do you do with your computer that makes CPU/RAM meters something you look at often?

Easy: if you're in a development environment, developers, QA, and release engineering types would all find that useful.

Sharp Mebius NJ70A (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29529569)

http://reviews.digitaltrends.com/first-look/300/sharp-mebius-nj70a-netbook-with-lcd-track-pad

It has an 854 by 480 touchscreen trackpad with LED backlight. Coincidentally Sharp mobile phones in Japan use the same AQOS screen.

Re:Useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29530977)

For all the buzz, i feel like this is mainly for publicity though I still think that someone will indeed create a killer app for it.
A good example for such a device and probably why it may even exist is it will make a good terminal for controlling a UAV and other droides...
It also could find a niche in the process control in industries and high end security systems. Imagine being able to monitor a system life signs, status and still able to dedicate the main screen to something.
In a UAV, you could control weapons, monitor the lifesigns, monitor the cameras for targets and still have the main screen free...
For control systems/monitoring for security, military and industry it makes sense. for consumer, well i don't know.
Even for the above applications, it will also make sense to embed something else as a dual atom cpu to that can be dedicated to any intensive process

Nice, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528745)

I'd like a simple laptop without windows keys and but with a trackpoint, possibly a bit of backlight to the keyboard or a led in the lid to shine on top. Yes, it completely fails to be fancy, cool, gadgetty, or attention getting. But it's hard to beat "fingers never have to leave the keyboard" ergonomics. Somehow acquiring things like this are hardest of all in the search-and-peck suit-driven laptop world.

Touchscreens... (4, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#29528771)

What's with all the hype about touch screens? And THREE of them? What possible use could the third one serve when no OS I know of plays nicely with even the first one? Do they have fingerprint protection at least?

Yes, it looks cool, I'll give you that. But so does the 3 megabytes of xorg.conf to make them work properly, and you still don't get application support.

Re:Touchscreens... (2, Insightful)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 5 years ago | (#29528829)

Yes, it looks cool, I'll give you that. But so does the 3 megabytes of xorg.conf to make them work properly, and you still don't get application support.

You could try using a windowing system where you don't need to fart around with things like xorg.conf.

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#29528923)

You could try using a windowing system where you don't need to fart around with things like xorg.conf.

Let's pretend I do. Can I use this in a meaningful manner with a browser? How about a video player, an IDE, an image viewer, IM, anything that wasn't specifically written for this?

Re:Touchscreens... (2, Insightful)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | about 5 years ago | (#29528973)

Clearly it depends on the implementation, but...

Each subscreen could act as a mini-desktop so that you could "minimize" an application like a browser or video to a smaller screen and still run your main app full screen in the large LCD while keeping an eye on other apps. You'd be able to run multiple apps without losing any screen real estate. Likewise, a quick tap could bring the application to the main screen and minimize the other app to an open subscreen. This could be implemented in the OS and wouldn't need any special programming on the application side.

Just one idea.

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about 5 years ago | (#29529051)

somehow the idea that our brains can handle 4 independent moving objects at the same idea is what tehy are going for.

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

sopssa (1498795) | about 5 years ago | (#29529167)

They dont need to be interacting all the time. This can be really useful for things like cpu/ram monitor, chatting, now playing or video. The another example people have here is the multidesktop thing, where you could change between desktops with the mini screens. Of course nothing world exploding, but small things like these can be quite useful.

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about 5 years ago | (#29529435)

You only have one set of eyes, they can only focus on so much. With a high resolution display, we already have things like CPU/RAM monitors/etc already in a single display, maybe on a toolbar or on a status bar. So what is the difference if we put it somewhere else *away* from what you are looking at, other than inconvenience? I don't mean this as a personal attack to you, I am inquiring to you directly.

Just like how MS lets you minimize the task manager, or the windows/linux/any os system tray?

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

gtbritishskull (1435843) | about 5 years ago | (#29529651)

I actually don't like having the windows bar at the bottom, but I find the auto-hide thingy too annoying. If I am doing work, I don't like to have distracting things all over my screen. I tend to be more productive if my screen is less cluttered. The screen is my area of focus. If I had other, smaller screens, I could put widgets on them and they would be easily accessible. But, I could completely ignore them better when I am trying to focus, and it would also make my screen look a lot less cluttered.

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about 5 years ago | (#29529995)

what about minimizing things that you don't need to see?

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

gtbritishskull (1435843) | about 5 years ago | (#29530551)

Then if I want to see them I have to go search for them in the task bar. I am not saying that I think little screens would be in any way worth the extra cost (at this point). But, I can see being very useful for some things if they were relatively cheap.

hmmm (1)

way2trivial (601132) | about 5 years ago | (#29530223)

unlock the taskbar so changes can occur
click the windows taskbar in a blank area
drag the taskbar off the bottom-like to the side....

I use a 24wide in landscape mode, next to a 20wide in portrait orientation off to the right
depending on the task at hand, my taskbar is on the left side of the 24"monitor or on the right side of the 20
either way it's about the same height, & I can read enough of the titles to intelligently pick the window I want at the front.

I just wish to christ I could have the start button stay at the bottom

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 5 years ago | (#29530297)

There's a Logitech G19 gaming keyboard with an LCD that can play You Tube videos. Lots of laptops have a low res OLED screen for information.

No basically.

I remember back in the old days it was really useful to run SoftIce on a mono card while you were doing full screen stuff on an SVGA one. Maybe you could use it to run a text mode console so you can fix your xorg.conf when the main display is fubar.

Re:Touchscreens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528855)

It's a four-assed monkey: the fruits of Because We Can engineering and oneupmanship marketing.

Re:Touchscreens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528867)

survelance

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

immakiku (777365) | about 5 years ago | (#29528875)

I think the point about the number of screens is valid, but not the point about lack of compatibility. This is concept design. Obviously nothing supports it yet. Why would anything support it if it's in existence?

I'm also willing to bet that at the show they demonstrated other UI abilities that the article didn't talk about

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#29528975)

I'm also willing to bet that at the show they demonstrated other UI abilities that the article didn't talk about

I'm willing to bet that if such abilities existed, they would have made it not just into the article, but the summary as well. Maybe selective zooming for Photoshop or something, once it'll support this.

The keyboard + mouse combination is a powerful one, there are basically no UI input problems that need to be solved anymore.

Re:Touchscreens... (2, Interesting)

houghi (78078) | about 5 years ago | (#29528997)

Depends on how they are connected. Multiple screens is not something that is really new.

I have connected 3 screens to my computer and am thinking of adding a 4th one. The fact that they are touch screens is not as important as the ability to go to them and use mouse and/or keyboard.

Having the ability to run a `tail -f` on one of the screens, a program launcher in the second and mplayer in the third is something I would love to have on a portable.

Just select an icon in the smaller screen and the program launches in the larger one. I want one.

Re:Touchscreens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528943)

RTFA.

It was the quirkiest demonstration of IDF so far, and Perlmutter didnâ(TM)t suggest that quad-screen notebooks were ever likely to become commonplace. The device was intended merely as an example of the experiments Intel carries out in researching interfaces and features.

Re:Touchscreens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29529135)

i'd agree with you on almost all your points.
They don't look cool however, they look gay.

Re:Touchscreens... (2, Funny)

Follier (901079) | about 5 years ago | (#29529627)

Do they have fingerprint protection at least?

Yeah, right? One thing that drives me crazy is when people touch my screen. Usually it's an accident, but I still have to clean it off. No worries; spilled milk.

Come to think of it, for me a touch screen interface makes about as much sense as a milk-based drink that you serve by pouring on the floor.

Re:Touchscreens... (1)

steelfood (895457) | about 5 years ago | (#29530735)

They only really need two large touch screens: one for the monitor, and one for the keyboard. In a laptop form factor, it's even better, because you can turn it sideways like the dual-screen e-book readers to make one huge screen, or present two interfaces for on-the-spot multiplayer gaming.

oblig (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528773)

That's a laptop? (5, Funny)

roothog (635998) | about 5 years ago | (#29528781)

That block looks bigger than my desktop computer. I'd love to see someone trying to use that in an airplane seat.

Re:That's a laptop? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528913)

Well duh - This was a prototype from 1996. Those are touchscreen CRTs.

Re:That's a laptop? (1)

ascendant (1116807) | about 5 years ago | (#29530147)

The hell are you talking about?
It clearly says the touchscreens are OLED. Where is this 1996 coming from?

Re:That's a laptop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29530781)

There wasn't so much a *WOOOOSH* noise as a sonic boom of that joke sailing past.

access to multiple desktops (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528783)

If the touch screens represented the active desktops, that would be neato. You could just tap one to switch it out with the deskop displayed on the panel.

Re:access to multiple desktops (3, Informative)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | about 5 years ago | (#29529499)

I don't know 'bout you but CTRL+ALT+arrow-keys (or Win+arrow-keys) seems a little easier to me, especially to quickly cycle between more than 3 desktops.

Re:access to multiple desktops (1)

Bakkster (1529253) | about 5 years ago | (#29530145)

I dunno, being able to see the other desktops is certainly a boon. Also, how is 'CTRL+ALT+arrow key' easier than 'touch the desktop that looks like the one you want'? Hell, even your grandmother could do the second one.

It's probably not worth the money for most people right now, but if PC enthusiasts cared about how much it cost to make their e-peens bigger, we wouldn't have titanium computer cases with elaborite window artwork showcasing a UV-reactive liquid cooling setup in the shape of the Ark of the Covenant.

Re:access to multiple desktops (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | about 5 years ago | (#29531025)

Also, how is 'CTRL+ALT+arrow key' easier than 'touch the desktop that looks like the one you want'? Hell, even your grandmother could do the second one.

True. But my grandmother doesn't keep her hands in the "home" position on the keyboard. By "easier" I meant "more efficient over thousands of uses" not "more intuitive to understand how to use the first time". Moving a hand away from keyboard, and then back, each time I want to switch desktops is significantly more inefficient - and this is based on months of experience working with a KVM switch placed right in front of my keyboard.

Reminds me of mtv.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528795)

Yo dawg...

Two screen laptops have been around a while (0, Redundant)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | about 5 years ago | (#29528803)

This one reeks of shades of this article [theonion.com] .

With Win7 coming soon, it seems a little strange that Intel is messing around with Vista instead of the upcoming OS.

carp intel gma does not work in 7? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528925)

This one reeks of shades of this article [theonion.com] .

With Win7 coming soon, it seems a little strange that Intel is messing around with Vista instead of the upcoming OS.

carp intel gma does not work in 7?

Meh (3, Insightful)

klui (457783) | about 5 years ago | (#29528835)

It would have been more stunning if it were 4 full sized screens.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29529495)

I agree, though I think adding that 'feature' (?) really disqualifies it as a laptop.

'There currently aren't any batteries on the market capable of powering this laptop that comply with federal safety regulations, so we've included a kerosene generator with it. Technically this laptop is classified as a piece of farm equipment, which means it can't be used on Airplanes, or buses, or within city limits, except in parks provided you're under the employ of the city to cut the grass'

How do you tag a story? (0, Offtopic)

Alaska Jack (679307) | about 5 years ago | (#29528885)

I know this is OT -- go ahead a mod me as such -- but I can't figure out how to tag a story. Clicking on the disclosure triangle next to the tags doesn't work, and I've tried several different browsers. Can someone enlighten me?

Re:How do you tag a story? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528929)

It works from that exact triangle, which opens a textbox to tag. Works fine here.

Re:How do you tag a story? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29528949)

It works from that exact triangle, which opens a textbox to tag. Works fine here.

Except it no longer works for a whole lot of people. I'm not entirely sure what the rhyme or reason is, but it works on one account of mine, but not the other.

Re:How do you tag a story? (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | about 5 years ago | (#29528931)

Can someone enlighten me?

The garbageman puts your recyclables in the same truck as the rest of the trash.

Re:How do you tag a story? (1)

hattig (47930) | about 5 years ago | (#29529119)

It used to work for me, then they introduced the +/- grey bar and it stopped working for me. Typical Slashdot though, "bad coding barely achieves aims". Still, could be worse, could be Facebook.

not very creative (2, Insightful)

johnmark76 (1104635) | about 5 years ago | (#29528887)

I'm not sure why they didn't use a screen for the mouse pad like the iphone. Then at least you could make the touchpad extremely useful. I remember there was a rumor (never came true) that the macbook pros were going to do this.

this laptop reminds me of the (2, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | about 5 years ago | (#29528891)

fictitious "homer" car from the simpsons. if you're too stupid to transition from the tactile meat world to a more abstract concept based environment like the internet, dont worry! we've included three extra touch screens for you to poke and rub like a caveman at the pretty pictures you can only begin to comprehend directly through interaction!

feel free to eventually accost your IT guys with this laptop, and brag about its advanced capabilities compared to their single screen dinosaurs. After all, more screens means more smarter and productive.

Re:this laptop reminds me of the (1)

roothog (635998) | about 5 years ago | (#29528957)

Heh, yeah, Homer laptop. Also reminds me of something you'd see in a Fark Photoshop contest.

Re:this laptop reminds me of the (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 5 years ago | (#29529467)

It reminds me of the Concept Keyboard, where you had a grid of buttons and could print out overlays that showed what they meant, and map them to sequences of key presses in software. This was great because you could define application-specific layouts very easily. Being able to define both the meaning and the label in software for a row of buttons (which can also act like trackpads) has a lot of potential applications.

Notice the film strip across the three touchscreen (1)

denobug (753200) | about 5 years ago | (#29528937)

If you pull up the picture in full detail, you can notice that the three touch screen were bundled together in the demo for a film strip effect. In fact you can see one picture across two screens.

Personally I like the concept of the smaller "informational" screen. I don't have anything specific visualized yet but I'm sure it can come in handy, working with a list of emails, a calendar, and perhaps a seperate IM screen, etc.

Another possible use is to take advantage of the Aero effect from Vista (or multiple desktop) and just display the smaller snapshot of that is going on on the three smaller touch screen and you can bring them up to the main screen by swiping across the screen in an upward motion. Personally I think it can be very useful to keep the desktop clutters down and be more productive with this application. My laptop is still on XP for compatibility reason so I'm no expert on the Vista's features.

To which Gillette replied... (5, Funny)

RealGrouchy (943109) | about 5 years ago | (#29528953)

To which Gillette replied, "Fuck everything, we're doing five screens!"

- RG>

Re:To which Gillette replied... (1)

denobug (753200) | about 5 years ago | (#29528981)

To which Gillette replied, "Fuck everything, we're doing five screens!"

- RG>

LOL. Reall funny. Never quite realize why Proctor and Gamble would not enter into the consumer electronic business. They hire enough engineers each year to make something like that work, and they have the marketing machines to push any products into the market!

Why don't they... (1)

kazade84 (1078337) | about 5 years ago | (#29528971)

Just have a big touchscreen on the base, and replace the keyboard and touchpad with onscreen versions? Sorta like a big DS... has anyone done that?

Re:Why don't they... (2, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | about 5 years ago | (#29529145)

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus-tactus/

http://www.techrevision.com/2007/06/13/lcd_keyboard

Re:Why don't they... (1)

mevets (322601) | about 5 years ago | (#29529203)

It could be interesting - when you wanted to use it as a book, turn it 90% and you have a familiar form factor. Everybody will whine about the touch keyboard, but pretty much all laptop keyboards are a poor compromise anyways (sorry Apple, we know you tried). Include a free bluetooth keyboard in the box to quiet them down.

Re:Why don't they... (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 5 years ago | (#29529493)

People periodically do that because they are idiots who are incapable of learning from the mistakes of others. The reason that we still use mechanical keyboards is that the tactile feedback is useful and that pressing on something that deforms slightly is much less damaging to your muscles and joints than something that doesn't deform. Replacing the trackpad with a touchscreen is a good idea with a lot of uses, and so is augmenting the keyboard with touchscreens, but replacing the keyboard with something inferior is a bad idea.

Re:Why don't they... (1)

Nadaka (224565) | about 5 years ago | (#29529889)

Yes, the optimus tacticus I linked to above tends to gets universally bad reviews due to no tactile response causing slow and inaccurate typing.

To me, nothing says quality like a good old IBM model m keyboard. Big heavy keys that go click. With the weight and durability to bash someone over the head and get back to typing without damaging the keyboard.

Re:Why don't they... (1)

kimvette (919543) | about 5 years ago | (#29530407)

the Atari 400 sucked because it had a membrane keyboard with little-to-no tactile feedback. Typing on those things SUCKED; touch typing was a near-impossibility, and those "keys" were slightly raised. Even many laptop keyboards suck ass for touch typing. Are you seriously suggesting that keyboards become totally flat, Star Trek:TNG style?

Good for? (4, Funny)

Chelloveck (14643) | about 5 years ago | (#29529027)

Wow, that looks great for scrolling through photo album thumbnails. And for... um... No, wait, I'm sure I'll think of something...

Re:Good for? (2, Informative)

ciderVisor (1318765) | about 5 years ago | (#29529437)

No, wait, I'm sure I'll think of something...

Porno, with every alternative camera angle playing simultaneously !

Fail (1)

hattig (47930) | about 5 years ago | (#29529029)

I could see a touchscreen touchpad (like what was rumoured for the MacBook Pros once in the past), but this is just silly. I prefer the laptop that had the fold-out full-sized second screen.

This makes the laptop deeper (or the touchpad area smaller, moving the keyboard forward into a more awkward position).

On the other hand, a single touchscreen display for launching things with icons, changing volume graphically, etc, is better than the Optimus keyboard in many ways.

Does it run Linux? Drivers? Battery Life? (1)

filesiteguy (695431) | about 5 years ago | (#29529067)

I noticed in the pic it was running Vista.

Seriously, I don't get the warm fuzzies from the current video driver manufacturers fro normal laptops in either Wintendo or Linux, I can't imagine the support nightmare for a laptop with one main screen and three sub-screens.

On that note - what about battery life?

Screen savers?

Why three touchscreens? (4, Interesting)

nojayuk (567177) | about 5 years ago | (#29529071)

This is a prototype, not a production machine and there isn't anyone making very long thin touchscreens. Intel put three standard screens (I presume something like 800x480 resolution, the sort most high-end smartphones use) into a laptop chassis. On a production machine there would be a purpose-built touchscreen (2400 x 480 pixels perhaps) occupying the same space as the three displays do in the prototype.

Re:Why three touchscreens? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29530137)

800x480 resolution, the sort most high-end smartphones use

What the hell? Who needs 800x480 on a dinky little 3.2 inch screen? Especially at the inevitable expense of accelerated OpenGL performance and/or battery life.

The word useless comes to mind... (2)

michaelleung (1335645) | about 5 years ago | (#29529079)

I don't know about you guys, but I am fine with just ONE SCREEN. I don't get all the hype about this. It's just one large monitor and three small ones. Hooray. I'll admit it's cool for about a second, but once the novelty wears off, do you really care? Maybe if the software takes advantage of multiple screens (like the DS... sort of), I'll be interested, but for now, I don't think there are many uses for this... yet. Come back in 2014 and then we'll see.

Disappointing... (1)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 5 years ago | (#29529089)

At first I thought this was a laptop with four FULL SIZED screens, people have been adding tiny screens to everything. Bummer!

Re:Disappointing... (1)

ewrong (1053160) | about 5 years ago | (#29529363)

Yeah seriously I was imagining something like this http://www.gscreencorp.com/home.htm [gscreencorp.com] but with 4. That would have had some major geek kudos.

ob quote (1)

fermion (181285) | about 5 years ago | (#29529117)

And I present to you...The four-assed monkey!

I am not saying this is not useful, simply that putting more stuff in does not make it better or more useful.

Pfss, that's nothing (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | about 5 years ago | (#29529169)

My laptop has 1 280 * 768 little screens.

And a few monochrome ones for power indication and such.

anonymous coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29529329)

why not put an 'iPhone' type touch screen on the outside of the case so that i can quickly turn it on to check my schedule, contacts, list, or send a quick short email/sms/etc. without having to open and turn on my laptop?

Re:anonymous coward (1)

ewrong (1053160) | about 5 years ago | (#29529401)

Just sellotape your iPhone to your laptop and you'll have the same effect.

Re:anonymous coward (1)

mlk (18543) | about 5 years ago | (#29529507)

Being a geek I used duck tape. Now I can't see the iPhone screen. Help.

WTF, those tiny LCDs count as screens? (3, Insightful)

Locutus (9039) | about 5 years ago | (#29529463)

come on now, "the world's first four-screen laptop", really? Those 3 little touchscreens are so small, I had to look at the pictures a 2nd time to see where the screens were because I was looking at the one large one we think about when we talk about a laptop screen. So then my old Thinkpad was a dual screen because there was a tiny LCD above the keyboard?

LoB

meh. (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | about 5 years ago | (#29529471)

Intel has stunned visitors at IDF by showing off the world's first four-screen laptop. The oddly-named 'Tangent Bay' has three miniature touchscreens set horizontally into the case below the main, full-sized panel. It is a fully functional prototype: delegates were able to scroll photos around the touchscreens by swiping with a finger. The idea smacked a little too much of the ill-fated Vista SideShow.

Four-screen laptop? I expected a laptop with 4 roughly full-sized screens. Not one full-sized screen and three tiny ones. And those three tiny ones, due to their positioning, may as well be one oddly-shaped screen.

Seems strange that they would put the screens above the keyboard. I think embedding an iPhone type touchscreen in place of the trackpad would be a far more useful thing.

While I agree that an iPhone type touchscreen could be very handy instead of a trackpad... I can also see some utility having those screens above the keyboard. It could be a nice way to display additional information without cluttering up your workspace - maybe the toolbars for Photo Shop, or your ribbon in Word, or just some CPU/RAM/HDD load meters out of the way.

Looks like a giant DSi (0)

GottliebPins (1113707) | about 5 years ago | (#29529487)

Does it play Mario Bros?

4 screens (1)

Ironweaver (894947) | about 5 years ago | (#29529573)

Yo dog, we heard you like... oh nevermind

Re:4 screens (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 5 years ago | (#29530205)

Yo dawg we heard you like posting played out memes so we killed your family.

Yeah, but what they don't tell you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29529855)

Is that you need to carry 5 car batteries in a backpack for 4 hours run-time... or should i say struggling-to-walk-time.

Screens located near the trackpad (1)

bcsix (800990) | about 5 years ago | (#29529943)

I think embedding an iPhone type touchscreen in place of the trackpad would be a far more useful thing.

...not if my sweaty palms tend to rest there while using the keyboard.

I hope this kind of thing comes to market (1)

kimvette (919543) | about 5 years ago | (#29530287)

Hey Dell! Update the M6400 with this and the i7 please! Oh, and be sure Linux fully supports it; preferably OpenSUSE and Kubuntu. OpenSolaris support would be a nice bonus as well.

Seriously though this would be an excellent feature in mainstream workstation replacements. How about firing up an IDE with a dedicated screen for the debugger, one for resource monitoring, and of course, one for watching hulu while you work?

iphone type touchscreen (1)

CubicleView (910143) | about 5 years ago | (#29530637)

so they're of the exact same type of touchscreen that's used for the iphone?

4 screens??? (1)

theeddie55 (982783) | about 5 years ago | (#29530973)

saying the computer has 4 screens sounds good, but wouldn't it be more useful if the 3 small screens were just one very wide screen, it could then still be treated as 3 screens when that is what is needed but could also have other applications where you need the information to not have 2 gaps in it.
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