Dynabook HW getting closer?: MacBook Air
tim at rowledge.org
Tue Jan 15 20:27:00 UTC 2008
On 15-Jan-08, at 12:03 PM, David Mitchell wrote:
> Cool notebook, sure. I think the OLPC is closer to the dynabook.
> Rugged, low power, screen works well outdoors.
> And c'mon, where is the multitouch on the screen?
Touch interfaces only work well in very specific physical situations.
A screen that is at arm's length not to mention likely to move around
if you push on it is not one of those situations.
If you have a laptop handy, try it out. Set it in a typical location
so that you could type on it. Set the screen angle sensibly. Now try
holding your hand so that your fingers could do the swipe and scroll
and pinch actions on the screen. Easy, right? Now do it again. And
again. Now try holding the fingers steady as if you were reading and
scrolling steadily. Gets a bit harder, eh? Now by contrast, imagine a
tablet device that you can rest your hand/fingers on. Much easier. I
wouldn't be surprised to see apple release a keyboard with a trackpad
based on the airmac design sometime soon. It could be very useful for
photo and graphic editing, amongst other uses.
tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
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