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Acer Dual-Screen, Multitouch Laptop Leaks Out

timothy posted about 4 years ago | from the mind-the-smudges dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A 15" laptop from Acer that is currently in production features dual-multitouch displays, one for the main display and one as the keyboard/mouse. It has a 2.67GHz Intel Core i5 processor and runs Windows 7. No release date or pricing information yet as this unit is still heavily in production/testing phases." Replacing a keyboard with a touchscreen sounds like a mixed blessing to me, but not everyone agrees. Witness the (great big) Kno dual-touchscreen e-reader, and the Toshiba Libretto W100 dual-screen mini-laptop, now shipping in Japan.

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I'd take the "leak" with a huge grain of salt (2, Insightful)

ChipMonk (711367) | about 4 years ago | (#33553102)

It's a tried-and-true way to generate buzz, and it's been around a lot longer than Twitter and Facebook.

Re:I'd take the "leak" with a huge grain of salt (3, Insightful)

Idbar (1034346) | about 4 years ago | (#33553138)

That works for Apple. Why not let other companies generate buzz?

Re:I'd take the "leak" with a huge grain of salt (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | about 4 years ago | (#33553460)

I'm not really sure what you're suggesting to take that grain of salt with, as long as this has the same specs as the final product what difference does it make if the leak was intentional or not?

Re:I'd take the "leak" with a huge grain of salt (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | about 4 years ago | (#33555686)

Not the contents of the leak, but simply calling it a "leak". Releasing this information is probably deliberate, not inadvertent.

Re:I'd take the "leak" with a huge grain of salt (1)

andrikos (1114853) | about 4 years ago | (#33557386)

Salty water leak?

Re:I'd take the "leak" with a huge grain of salt (1)

Savantissimo (893682) | about 4 years ago | (#33558886)

It's a tried-and-true way to generate buzz, and it's been around a lot longer than Twitter and Facebook.

So has this idea of using two facing screens on a notebook computer. When I first read about the Xerox PARC Dynabook (the original GUI) project in BYTE in 1984, being a kid, I took the idea literally - wouldn't it be cool to have a computer like a book?

Notebook computers were far in the future at that point, so my design was modeled on regular books - two facing screens. I considered plasma screens - color would be nice, and that was the only color flat screen technology that had been demonstrated then - but also considered LCD for better battery life. (C or D cells in the fat hinge). Plasma would pretty much need a wall outlet, it seemed to me. The thing could be read like a book (portrait orientation) or you could type on one of the screens when it displayed the image of a keyboard, though how to make the screen touch sensitive was an open problem. It would have one of those new 32-bit processors, and maybe there could even be room for a floppy drive, though only one of the little new ones like on the newly announced Mac.

In a few years, I thought, one of the ultra-capacity storage formats might even fit, like a Winchester drive or even an optical disk that could store a whole library worth of text - and it could have hypertext jumps built in like that notecard program on the Xerox Dynabook, but better, and throughout the library! All knowledge would be linked together and you could add new links wherever your thoughts took you! Things were doubling every year, by the year 2000 such a "Superbook" could have hundreds of thousands of k of RAM and run hundreds of thousands of times faster than an Apple II ! Being 11, and not having a spare million or two, I wasn't in any position to do more than dream.

It was a pretty cool idea in 1984, though.

already slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553114)

and it just got posted?

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

Anarki2004 (1652007) | about 4 years ago | (#33553140)

Slashdot should really come up with a way to avoid this...

Re:already slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553188)

Putting this on Rapidshare?

Re:already slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553374)

It's been an issue since 1997, and has gotten better over time with the availability of cheap hosting and bandwidth. I don't forsee slashdot ever coming up with an integrated "solution" to this "problem".

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 4 years ago | (#33553488)

They should parse for links, make a temporary copy on RapidShare or something similar, then remove the copy after 24 hours and put back the original links into the article.

Proper HTTP headers in the RapidShare version would let search engines know it's only a temporary page.

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

Peach Rings (1782482) | about 4 years ago | (#33553526)

What are you even talking about, RapidShare hosts single archive files not entire pages with css/javascript/images. And you can't control HTTP headers, even with a premium direct download link.

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 4 years ago | (#33554462)

An AC above suggested RapidShare, I had no idea what it was. Just replace "RapidShare" with a Slashdot mirror server and you'll be able to control everything, including HTTP headers.

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

Peach Rings (1782482) | about 4 years ago | (#33555064)

Coral Cache [coralcdn.org] is what you're looking for, no custom work needed.

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

xaositects (786749) | about 4 years ago | (#33553538)

just coralize the link, add nyud.net after the hostname. in this case: http://www.techreviewsource.com.nyud.net/blog/?p=781 [nyud.net]

Re:already slashdotted? (3, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 4 years ago | (#33554530)

Slashdot should auto-coralize the links.

Re:already slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33557044)

No it shouldn't. Java in the browser is a disaster best avoided.

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

Suhas (232056) | about 4 years ago | (#33557068)

Slashdot should auto-coralize the links.

1997 called. It wants its coral-cache suggestions to /. back.

Re:already slashdotted? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 4 years ago | (#33558874)

My workplace at least blocks Coral cache as an anonymising proxy. No doubt others do too.

Trackpad? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553186)

Isn't a virtual trackpad kinda redundant?

Re:Trackpad? (1)

xOneca (1271886) | about 4 years ago | (#33555502)

Yes. I think it's better a virtual mouse...

Re:Trackpad? (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about 4 years ago | (#33555600)

Not anymore than running a virtual x86 machine on an existing x86 machine.

Don't see the point in a large device (2, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 years ago | (#33553208)

If you could make it open flat and seamless then I could see having a big one, otherwise the libretto seems more useful.

touchscreen keyboard? (5, Insightful)

hex0D (1890162) | about 4 years ago | (#33553228)

Didn't we all learn the importance of tactile response in a keyboard around the time of the Timex Sinclair?

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (4, Interesting)

Idbar (1034346) | about 4 years ago | (#33553238)

Perhaps some people don't care about tactile response (besides I know some people that look at the keyboard every time). I'd be more interested how does the battery plays a role when this type of keyboard is idle.

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (0, Flamebait)

gmuslera (3436) | about 4 years ago | (#33553350)

People care first about "oh, shiny!" before actually testing it. And then convince themselves that they didnt make an horrible mistake, that they really prefered it to be that way, or change their using habits to its limitations.

Is not that bad. It could turn web 3.0 to social mostly for tech aware people, the others won't leave content (comments, blog posts, etc) as much because is uncomfortable with their devices, or move people from facebook to twitter because they have to type less to participate.

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (0)

GuldKalle (1065310) | about 4 years ago | (#33553276)

I think that lesson was unlearned with the iPhone

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (4, Insightful)

Peach Rings (1782482) | about 4 years ago | (#33553556)

How, what? I don't even know how to reply to that. Nobody who is remotely sane would agree with you. Typing 160 character texts is a lot different from typing prose on a full keyboard. On a keyboard I can compose my thoughts and type them out immediately as I think of them. On a tiny touch keyboard it's excruciating to try to express complex thoughts. Since it takes so long to type I constantly try to cut down the amount of text to type instead of thinking of what I'm trying to say.

A full size touch keyboard might be different, but that doesn't mean that your statement about the iPhone is right.

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553832)

I think GP means we forgot the lesson.

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (2, Informative)

reboot246 (623534) | about 4 years ago | (#33557690)

Amen! There's no way I could type 100+ words per minute without a real keyboard. I rarely ever look at the keyboard while typing. My current keyboard is an old IBM monster that weighs in at about 5 pounds, but it's a dream to type on!
(and no stupid Windows key getting in the way)

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (1)

drsmithy (35869) | about 4 years ago | (#33558944)

A full size touch keyboard might be different, but that doesn't mean that your statement about the iPhone is right.

The keyboard in the iPad is essentially full size (for the alpha-numeric keys) and while it's vastly more tolerable to type on than the smaller ones in touchscreen phones, it's certainly not suitable for any sort of large-scale data entry. Slashdot posts and the like is about the extent of it, and even short stuff like that tends to be error-riddled due to the inexact nature of touch screen keyboards.

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (1)

Myopic (18616) | about 4 years ago | (#33553326)

I do without it on my Fingerworks keyboard. Yes tactile feedback is important, but sometimes other features can overcome it.

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (2, Insightful)

Locutus (9039) | about 4 years ago | (#33554122)

but since then, schools completely dropped the ball on teaching 10 finger touch typing. Tactile response is only important when you're looking at fast, efficient, and correct typing and that is not what seems to be important any more. I had to shake my head when I read how Google's new live search was supposed to increase effectiveness because of how many milliseconds people take on the search line. They completely left out the fact that most people today have to look at the keyboard( virtual or real ) to type.

LoB

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (1)

ortholattice (175065) | about 4 years ago | (#33555882)

This is one of the reasons I probably wouldn't buy such a computer. A removable, transparent silicone-rubber mat, with holes corresponding to the touch screen keys, while not perfect, might make a difference to a touch-typist like me, since you could at least find the keys by feel. But I've never seen or heard of such a thing, even for the iPad. Does anyone know if something like this exists?

Re:touchscreen keyboard? (1)

mcrbids (148650) | about 4 years ago | (#33558300)

Nontactile keyboards - making 100 wpm touch typists into 20 wpm hunt-n-peck typists since 1981!

BTW: The Time Sinclair 1000 was my first computer! I learned BASIC on that sucker, and even programmed a working game of Monopoly into it! (It ran out of memory, only having 16k, so I took out all the user inputs. ("Do you want to... ?" questions took up much text) It was also non-graphical. You'd start by stating the # of players, their names, and then it would just.... go until it told you who won.

Assumptions: always buy property when you have money. No "horse trading" and no "cheating".

It was easy to track how much money had been returned on each property, and with these rules, the best property to own is the orange, followed closely by the light blue, the yellow, and the red. Boardwalk/Park Place didn't fare that well, I think the numerous "advance token to go" chance cards make it much less likely for you to land there.

Yummm battery (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553236)

So let's take a keyboard that doesn't consume battery and replace it with a backlit LCD touchscreen that consumes battery and has no tactile feedback or home key detents. Ok, I'll buy a few of these.

Re:Yummm battery (1)

longhairedgnome (610579) | about 4 years ago | (#33553304)

You must be one happy consumer today!

Re:Yummm battery (3, Interesting)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 4 years ago | (#33553574)

In principle, a keyboard should be able to generate some electricity from the movement. But has anyone actually seen these IRL?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/07/22/keyboard_generates_electricity_for_notebooks/ [theregister.co.uk]

Re:Yummm battery (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33555530)

But has anyone actually seen these IRL?

No, because you wouldn't even get enough energy to light the "power on" LED before carpal-tunnel sets in.

Unless your keyboard looks like this. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Yummm battery (1)

xOneca (1271886) | about 4 years ago | (#33555722)

At least that keyboard has backlight (a feature I really appreciate)...

Seriously, WTF? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553254)

Touchscreen keyboards are worthless for those who know how to type properly.

Touch as a supplemental control method works, but as a primary or only input method for data it is strictly a marketing gimmick intended to maximize sales to the clueless masses.

Re:Seriously, WTF? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553520)

Touchscreen keyboards are worthless for those who know how to type properly.

Protip: that's not the target market.

Touch as a supplemental control method works, but as a primary or only input method for data it is strictly a marketing gimmick intended to maximize sales to the clueless masses.

Gee, why would a business want to "maximize sales to the clueless masses"?

The world doesn't revolve around you. Not every product is being specifically created for your consumption. Nobody at Acer is going, "Fuck, we totally misjudged the buying habits of some anonymous slashdot reader."

Re:Seriously, WTF? (1)

macshit (157376) | about 4 years ago | (#33557590)

Touchscreen keyboards are worthless for those who know how to type properly.

Protip: that's not the target market.

What is the target market though? I'd wager that people that don't really type much would be much happier with something like an ipad, with its "occasional" onscreen keyboard, and would hate the clunky almost useless lower portion of this thing. People that do type a lot, on the other hand, are not going to accept this abortion of a keyboard-replacement.

This thing looks like the random output of a "what do we do to compete in the rapidly shifting laptop/netbook/pad marketplace?" brainstorming session. Brainstorming is all well and good, but this thing doesn't look like it should have made it past the "hahaha right" stage; I'll be amazed if it actually makes it to the "being in stores" stage....

Too bad.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553290)

Too bad it's an acer and will most likely fail within 2 seconds past the warranty...

Libretto (2, Interesting)

Myopic (18616) | about 4 years ago | (#33553318)

Does anyone have one of those Librettos? That's the first time I've seen it, and I can't quite tell if it's incredibly awesome, or puny and lame.

Re:Libretto (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553494)

I just picked up a libretto w100. The hardware is really really fantastic, and boy, does it ever turn heads. The main issue with it is that of software. The software it comes bundles with it pretty clunky and I've had to do quite a bit of customization to get it to my liking.

In short, it's a fun machine. Great for quick notes, browsing, drawing up quick mock-ups. It's the perfect companion for meeting with clients. Plus it gives you alittle bit of geek cred too.

I don't look at the keyboard (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | about 4 years ago | (#33553338)

I don't look at the keyboard when I type, so what's the advantage to using this over that of just switching between virtual desktops? You would definitely save a lot of battery life without the second screen. I can only look at one screen at a time (unless you want to kludge stereoscopic vision in somehow). It would be nice to use the bottom part as a drawing tablet, but that would receive limited use by a niche audience. You could use the top screen as such anyhow, and if a normal laptop had a multi-touch screen that would slide down over the keyboard and turn into a tablet then it would serve the purpose without including a second screen. Much better without two the screens causing glare on each other.

Re:I don't look at the keyboard (1)

Bitmanhome (254112) | about 4 years ago | (#33553660)

There's no value, obviously. It's silly to put a screen where you never look.

The purpose of replacing a keyboard with a screen isn't to create an inferior keyboard, but to eliminate keyboard-type actions altogether. It's an attempt to bring Start Trek The Next Generation style interfaces into the real world, a trick that only the iPhone has mastered.

Re:I don't look at the keyboard (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 years ago | (#33555190)

Unfortunately, it's foolish to fixate on a show where the primary purpose of the given interface was to save money on the props budget.

If we could have done away with the keyboard, then it might have happened during the 20+ year reign of the mouse.

Solution looking for a problem? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#33553342)

The kind of dual screen device I'd be tempted by would be like a regular netbook/laptop but on the bak of the normal scren there'd be an eInk display.

Ovbiously, only one display at a time could be active.

Re:Solution looking for a problem? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#33553430)

The kind of dual screen device I'd be tempted by would be like a regular netbook/laptop but on the bak (sic) of the normal scren (sic) there'd be an eInk display.
Ovbiously (sic), only one display at a time could be active.

Nah, this is the "new new" social web - you hold it vertically and leave the back active so you can share what you're doing with the whole world, instead of just the NSA.

And you can stand in front of a mirror if you want "dual-screen" mode.

You'll also get to play games like "Remove the Fingerprints" much more often.

But I think you should be more tempted by a device that does "speel-chicking" (spell-checking for the rest of us :-)

Re:Solution looking for a problem? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#33559088)

Nah, this is the "new new" social web - you hold it vertically and leave the back active so you can share what you're doing with the whole world, instead of just the NSA.

My worry was that the only thing more embarassing than sitting on the train reading about linux device drivers while showing midget pr0n to the rest of the passengers would be to have the screen the other way round.

But I think you should be more tempted by a device that does "speel-chicking" (spell-checking for the rest of us :-)

You should try playing rugby with a hyperactive two-year old and typing at the same tiOWWWWW!!! {)(,.no carrier.

If you're going to replace the keyboard.... (1)

toygeek (473120) | about 4 years ago | (#33553408)

at least try to improve on it! Touchscreen with pictures of keys != keyboard.

Advantage over tablets? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 4 years ago | (#33553456)

No hardware keyboard, a portion of the usable screen dedicated to the touch keyboard, not continuous display (if you want to display something big, and eventually something enables the lower screen to display part of it), It gives that the surface where you actually type at different angle where you read, and well, you can fold it.

Make me remember the mockups of the XO 2.0 (or 3.0?) that were around a year or 2 around, with 2 screens, but was mostly a continuous display, and were meant for children. The lower part wasnt always a keyboard, was a second display was used also for i.e. playing naval war, or reading a ebook in 2 pages holding it like a real book.

Anyway, maybe we are overanalizing. This kind of things could be meant to be a complementary device, to be used for what they are good at (just reading ebooks/internet, playing some games, playing some media, etc), while keeping our normal desktop/notebooks for things that require keyboard/hard disk/etc

Re:Advantage over tablets? (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | about 4 years ago | (#33556056)

For this thing to become more than a complementary device it needs some future technology.
I've been thinking about an ideal device like this but then it would have to be made from thin flexible material to prevent breaking it in two and the size should be about two A4 pages. With high enough resolution it doesn't have to be a continous screen.
Given the current state of technology such a device might just be available in another ten years or so.

It leaks? (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | about 4 years ago | (#33553486)

I hope they're going to fix that before it goes into production.
And what is leaking? Some kind of fluid?

Stop emulating physical books (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553558)

The contents of a book is only words and pictures.

If you choose paper to store your words and pictures, you can either do it in roll form or in a stack of pages form. You can bind those pages together if you wish, the result being the books we know today.

A book uses both sides of a page because it would be moronic not to do so.

An eBook reader uses dynamic display(s). Putting two screens on an eBook reader is as stupid as wanting to put 500 of them on a hinge to emulate real books. It's a dynamic display, you don't need two pages side-by-side. You can hold an open book with one hand just as well as you can hold a closed one. The only benefit of dual screen on an eBook reader is that it costs twice as much in display parts to manufacture.

Re:Stop emulating physical books (1)

DMoylan (65079) | about 4 years ago | (#33553748)

2 screens are necessary for some ebooks. i've been using ebooks regularly since i got a palm iiix. it's small display was great to carry a few books and read them when i got a chance. in 2010 however i have a large collection of ebooks and screens a5 like the 5-7" ebook readers deal with most of them nicely enough. even on my phones (iphone 3g or htc hero) simple text is easily read.

except pdfs. i have a lot of rpg gaming manuals that are scans of the manuals in pdf format. some are readable on an a5 screen many are not. so an a4 sized screen is necessary. all well and good. except there are quite a few pdfs that will not read nicely on those screens. what are those?

electronic comic files. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Book_Archive_file [wikipedia.org]
i read a british comic called 2000ad as a kid and it was an a4 comic. i now have many of them in electronic format. the thing was the central spread every week was read across the 2 pages so i can either get an a3 sized ereader or get a reader with 2 screens. i suspect a twin screened a4 sizes ereader is going to be cheaper and more portable than an a3 sized model. reading while zooming in and out and flipping back and forth between 2 pages to read a single spread is annoying and distracting (i learned that with rpg manuals on a5 sized devices!) so i'll wait till i have an a3 equivalent device before getting into the 2000ad properly.

yes it's probably a niche market but a large percentage of a niche market can be quite profitable. so i'm definitely in the market for this device, _if_ they get it right.

Re:Stop emulating physical books (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 4 years ago | (#33561152)

Putting two screens on an eBook reader is as stupid as wanting to put 500 of them on a hinge to emulate real books.

You say stupid, I saw awesome.

WTF? (0, Offtopic)

mcneely.mike (927221) | about 4 years ago | (#33553566)

Okay, here we go.... we get all upset and righteous at this crap
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/09/12/131247 [slashdot.org]
and then go "oooohhh shiny!" over THIS crap.
It's still Microsoft inside the hardware. Weren't you listening?

Sh1t (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33553744)

comMunity. The

ACER - Pah! (1)

1s44c (552956) | about 4 years ago | (#33553766)

Tell me when I proper company starts making these things and I'll take a look at them.

Everything I ever brought from Acer broke. That includes 9 out of 10 TFT monitors I brought for work. It's just not worth dealing with them.

Vapourware (1)

Pop69 (700500) | about 4 years ago | (#33553862)

"No release date or pricing information yet as this unit is still heavily in production/testing phases"

Nice that they're being given some free market research here isn't it ?

For something that may not actually exist, possibly not quite as transparent as the MS Courier but until I can buy one I'm not in the slightest bit interested

Leaks out? (2, Funny)

ascari (1400977) | about 4 years ago | (#33553864)

Dual screen leaks out? Acer still uses Liquid Crystal Displays?

Re:Leaks out? (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | about 4 years ago | (#33554886)

What's wrong with LCD? I don't think I've seen monitor-sized OLEDs yet.

If you believe engadget (1)

iampiti (1059688) | about 4 years ago | (#33554348)

...the hardware might be nice but the software is not up to the task. At least that's what they said on the review of the Toshiba Libretto. They said Windows 7 is built to be used with a mouse and using a touchscreen instead of it is not a very good idea.

Actual product or IP portfolio? (1)

CyberSnyder (8122) | about 4 years ago | (#33554646)

There hasn't been a lot of change in laptop design in the past fifteen years. With the success of the iPad I think we're about to see some major changes to the laptop interface. So companies are building out their IP portfolio as both offensive and defensive weapons for any future litigation.

I get a kind of "uh, DUH! Obvious!" reaction (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 4 years ago | (#33554984)

I remember long ago when there was a fabled and expensive keyboard discussed. I don't know if it ever got marketed, but it was to use small OLED displays on the face of every key. Among the problems with this keyboard is that it would be prohibitively expensive.

But think of a multi-touch display doing the same thing? On top of that, if one wants a tactile feel, I am pretty certain that a physical device could be placed over the second touch screen to give that feel... what's more, one with lenses that help to make the keys appear to be on the surface of the overlay keyboard. For gamers, different layouts and overlays can be added to go with the game(s).

The idea is so simple that I can't believe I didn't think of it way back then.

Re:I get a kind of "uh, DUH! Obvious!" reaction (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 4 years ago | (#33555500)

That's the Optimus keyboard [wikipedia.org] FWIW.

Man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33555152)

DO NOT WANT. This is right up there in stupid designs. Almost as stupid as that ridiculous flying Humvee.

But wait! This means there are billion$ to be made by combing these two techs and selling it to the government! The stupider shit is, the more they want it, never fails! Figure out how many people fit inside the flying deathtrap, and provide each victim with his own dual touch screen "warfighter" "someone else's homeland security" computer.

CNET already did a podcast demo? (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 4 years ago | (#33555730)

Leaks out?!?

Isn't this the same device that CNET recently did a video podcast about? I think so. I watched it yesterday, but it was a week or two old at least.

Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33556892)

This sounds kinda like the technology used in.......the Nintendo DS? Maybe not quite the same, but the process could be similar enough to invoke cries of "prior art" from a few lawyers looking for something to waste your time on.

Laser Keyboards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33558416)

As far as typing goes it is the same as those laser keyboards that project onto your desk. To emulate without one just drum your fingers on your desk for 6 hours or so per day. The minuscule amount of spring and tension in keys on a regular keyboard is enough to save the tips of your fingers from feeling like raw meat.

Keyboard... (1)

geogob (569250) | about 4 years ago | (#33558742)

Not sure if it fits perfectly the definition of Irony, but I nevertheless find ironic the "tactile" marks on the f and j keys. Some graphical designer as either a miss placed sense of humor or a miss placed understanding of what he does. Don't know which is more likely.

acer sucks ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33560644)

Who in their right mind would buy acer... its pure trash... fyl if you buy an acer ahahah

Google Cache (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33561066)

Google Cache:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:TaqvCilyrq0J:www.techreviewsource.com/blog/%3Fp%3D781+http://www.techreviewsource.com/blog/%3Fp%3D781&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&lr=lang_es|lang_en

Worse then Apple... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33579306)

Sure this laptop is going to be an ergonomic nightmare worse then any input device Apple has ever invented. I don't think an iPad killer involves slapping two together with a hinge, having a whole screen dedicated as a "useless under most conditions" keyboard is not something people are going to rush out to buy.

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