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Meet the Laptop of 2015 351

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cweditor writes "Like concept cars at auto shows, the computer industry designs 'concept notebooks' to imagine the machines of the future. The 'concepts' may not come to market as-is, but it's likely some of their ideas, components and features will. Take a look at systems you might be using in 7 years. In one, a touch-sensitive screen acts as the system's keyboard and mouse, allowing you to slide your finger across the screen to immediately shut off the display and keep what you're working on confidential. Their associated image gallery includes a prototype for a dual-screen laptop."
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Meet the Laptop of 2015

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  • That's nothing new (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Minwee (522556) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:24PM (#22872730) Homepage
    I have a "concept model" of a dual screen laptop. It fits in my hand and can play Mario Bros.
    • by Brian Gordon (987471) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:29PM (#22872792)
      The difference is that it's a gaming machine, not anything that matters. The dual screen is a terr-rrr-rrr-rrr-ible idea and it will never be on a successful laptop.
      • by 2nd Post! (213333) <.gundbear. .at. .pacbell.net.> on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:58PM (#22873128) Homepage
        You mean until it is successful, right?

        With vibration, haptic advances, visual, and audio feedback, what is wrong with a second touch sensitive screen as the keyboard?

        Then when you don't need it as a keyboard, it can become a tool-kit, palette, and any other interface you need.
        • You mean like a tablet PC? That works fine with one screen and wouldn't make any sense to have 2?
        • by Allador (537449) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @04:18PM (#22874260)
          Using a touch-screen as a keyboard is a terrible idea, and only good for very casual users.

          For the typical road-warrior that totes a laptop around, you need a keyboard that you can type on without having to look at it.

          Touch screens work adequately for systems like the iPhone where you need to be looking at the display anyway, but are useless on a laptop where you need to be able to type quickly and move on and off the keyboard without having to look at it all the time.

      • by Raineer (1002750) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @03:10PM (#22873320)
        No sane computer user would ever have two monitors on one desk, and 640k is enough for anyone.
        • That's because they don't make 3080x1050 monitors. I need a 1600x1050 one and a 1400x1050 one to get that kind of size/resolution. Whereas if you were insane enough to want a laptop 3 times as wide as it is deep, they could just build in a screen that size; you wouldn't build in two separate screens next to each other since they're part of the laptop..
    • by edalytical (671270) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:32PM (#22872824)
      And it runs Linux [dslinux.org]! Not to sound like a snob, but I own two because not enough of my friends own their own.
      • by admdrew (782761)

        You're not the only one - I had the original DS when they first came out, then picked up one a DS lite later on. The DS lite fits in a pocket a little easier, and now I've had the older DS to play around with Linux on.

        It helps they're (relatively!) cheap.

    • by JSBiff (87824) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:53PM (#22873074) Journal
      I've always thought the idea of dual screens on the Gameboy DS was a bit of a strange idea. I mean, why not just use one screen that is twice as big? Then, games that want to use a 'dual screen' concept can always split the screen in half and draw one set of stuff to one half, and another set of stuff to the other half. But, other games can use it as a single, large screen.

      I personally think it probably comes down to cost - it's cheaper for Nintendo to buy two smaller screens than a single large screen. My understanding of LCD technology is that, apparently, it's difficult to grow the crystals without bad pixels, so that as the screens get larger, they rapidly get more expensive, because it's decreasingly likely that you'll get an LCD panel of a particular size without flaws - so all the flawed ones either get thrown away, or maybe they can cut them down to smaller displays (that is, cut out the bad part and end up with 1 or 2 smaller panels) and sold more cheaply at the small size?

      Anyhow - *my* laptop of the future has a simple white (or neutral color) flap onto which a display can be projected, and the flap can be folded under the laptop when I want to project onto another surface, like a projection screen or white wall. That is, a laptop with built-in projector, not an LCD. (I suppose, ultimately, for power consumption purposes, you'll never have a projector built in, because it would take too much energy to run, but I can dream, right?)
      • by c_forq (924234)
        Ever think about size? Nintendo learned a few lessons from the virtual boy, one of the chief lessons learned was portable systems should be portable.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by babyrat (314371)
        (I suppose, ultimately, for power consumption purposes, you'll never have a projector built in, because it would take too much energy to run, but I can dream, right?)

        Never is a really long time...advances in battery capability (or the replacement of what we call a battery by some other power source) coupled with advances in projector technology (ie http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2242734,00.asp [pcmag.com] ) may make this possible, perhaps sooner rather than later.
      • by Amouth (879122) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @03:07PM (#22873282)
        well if you use a large incedecent murcury bulb then yea.. it isn't going to happen.. but if you use some of the new laser projector tech . then it is more than possiable..

        http://www.audioholics.com/news/editorials/laser-projectors-coming-to-cell-phones-and-pdas [audioholics.com]
  • by stoolpigeon (454276) * <bittercode@gmail> on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:25PM (#22872738) Homepage Journal
    You insensitive clod!
  • by jandrese (485) <kensama@vt.edu> on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:28PM (#22872778) Homepage Journal
    Apparently in the future the idea of tactile feedback is dead and everybody just types on glass screens like in the movies. Presumably these laptop designers have not actually tried that themselves to see just how much people actually like typing on a piece of glass with no cues at to where the keys are.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Brian Gordon (987471)
      My fingers land right on the middle of the keys; there's no fumbling around the edges until I get good purchase on the middle and finally press it. I'd have no problem with no tactile feedback, though it would be really hard to type without looking at the screen.
      Also come on, really? We have an article [slashdot.org] on the front page about how stupid futurism is and then a futurist article. Trying to appeal to everyone I see. Anyway it's not like all of that has interest to anybody except the PC World grandpa crowd; I'm
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        My fingers land right on the middle of the keys
        How much of that's because you're constantly getting the feedback of knowing whether you hit the center or slightly off center? At least for me, the tactile feedback keeps my typing from getting sloppy. Tactile feedback is making a big comeback in cars and I expect to see it stay in laptops.
    • Since the 50s there have been auto show cars that drive by a joystick, but they never come out. Why? Because the current design works well. A sliding screen you can't adjust for glare? A keyboard with no feedback? To succeed it has to be more than cool, it has to be better. (Or at least not worse)
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "To succeed it has to be more than cool, it has to be better."
        Which is why those highly reflective laptop screens never caught on.

        -Typed while moving my head around to try to make out the article on my glossy laptop screen instead of just the perfect reflection of the building across the street.
    • by jellomizer (103300) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:46PM (#22872986)
      Tactile feedback is kinda overrated. I have an iPhone and I like it. Even typing is fairly easy...(for the small space). Even for a full laptop I doubt that the lack of tactile feedback will be a major problem in the long run. You just have to get use to it. It is funny the Technology Croud who is working with one of the fastes areas of change are often the most resistant to it.
      • by Sciros (986030) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:48PM (#22873018) Journal
        Type a lengthy text message without looking at the phone's keyboard. Quickly. ^_^ I mean, there's a reason there's a bump on the 'F' and 'J' keys on the keyboard I'm using at the moment. A good reason.
        • by 2nd Post! (213333) <.gundbear. .at. .pacbell.net.> on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @03:02PM (#22873178) Homepage
          Why wouldn't a touch-screen provide the bump? Vibration (or advanced haptic technology) can provide that.

          Even better, with a touch screen, EVERYWHERE you put your fingers, initially, is the homerow.
        • by HTH NE1 (675604)

          I mean, there's a reason there's a bump on the 'F' and 'J' keys on the keyboard I'm using at the moment. A good reason.

          You could overlay a transparent film over the touch display with little clear bumps where those keys would be displayed underneath, much like the little clear dot of dried grapefruit juice in one corner of my LCD HDTV that I need to clean off. (I shouldn't eat breakfast so close to the TV.)

          Me, I'd want the entire border of every key raised in that film, and the display smart enough to know that I only want the display to behave like a keyboard when that film is in place and to align the virtual keys with t

          • by MBGMorden (803437)
            All this seems strangely similar sounding to the keyboards of cheap computers in the early 80's. You know the ones that almost no one remembers anything about except that they hated they keyboards on them?
        • by Kjella (173770)

          I mean, there's a reason there's a bump on the 'F' and 'J' keys on the keyboard I'm using at the moment. A good reason.

          Funny, apart from making it slightly easier to realign your right hand to the keyboard if you switch from the mouse I never found any good use for them. When you sit down you easily see the position of the keyboard, I guess it's a reminder for those who don't know to put their fingers. For basic typing, your fingers naturally go back to the basic position (up left -> press -> down right) and correcting itself using the tactile feedback of "am I hitting the keys center?". So I don't mean to dispute th

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by spookymonster (238226)
        It is funny the Technology Croud who is working with one of the fastes areas of change are often the most resistant to it.

        I guess I see your point... in a world where proper capitalization, spelling, and grammar are no longer relevant, being able to hit the right key at the right time is fairly moot.
        • I'd thought my point was quite relevant, actually... tactile feedback is a critical element in a touch typist's accuracy. The fact that the parent's post had typos showed that, to him, accuracy was not as important as speed (not right now at least). If speed was his primary concern, then it is easy to see why the idea of using technology to improve his accuracy was so easily dismissed.

          It is easy to see how accuracy plays less of a role in a world where thumb typing slang is de rigeur and the excuse of "you
      • by rolfwind (528248)

        Tactile feedback is kinda overrated.

        No it's not. On the iPhone, the loss of tactile feedback is acceptable because with the limited realestate -- you could either have a fulltime keyboard that would not be used most of the time, or a screen that sometimes shows a keyboard when necessary. Almost nobody will type any serious length messages on the iPhone (or any other phone). It's an acceptable feedback.

        But on the iPhone, I'm getting visual feedback of hitting the correct keys. On a computer/laptop -- I d

    • by plumby (179557) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:47PM (#22873014)
      There's been plenty of research into tactile touchscreens already (Nokia seem to think they're on to something [redferret.net]). I'm sure there will be more within the next 7 years.
    • by kebes (861706) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:50PM (#22873044) Journal
      Agreed. Typing on rigid, flat surfaces is painful and inefficient.

      Which is why a combination of the concepts presented in the article would be far more attractive than any of them separately (I'm surprised the author of the piece didn't pick up on this): One of the laptops is billed as being "for blind people" because the surface can deform to generate bumps that the blind can read. The rest of the laptops have flat touch-screens for keyboards. Which is great for dynamic layouts but sucks for typing.

      But combining them would be amazing. Imagine a keyboard that can reconfigure not only what is displayed on each key (like the Optimus), but also the keys themselves. If this "surface deformation" technology was good enough (and could be integrated with flexible displays) then you could have a surface that acts as a flat screen some of the time (for reading e-books, as a drawing pad, etc.) but generates the tactile relief of keys when typing is required.

      More generally, it could reconfigure to generate new keyboard layouts as required. This would also solve one of the criticisms with the iPhone and iPod touch: you can't operate them without looking directly at the keys. Imagine if in addition to visual changes on the screen, there were bumps and grooves that dynamically appeared so that by touch alone you could feel the current key layout.

      This, to me, is the ultimate future for compact computing devices: we will have screens that can vary both display and topography. Of course the technology to do this will be difficult to "get right" (key topography is only half of typing: you need the keys to "spring" properly)... but there is nothing impossible in principle about having deformable surfaces with integrated flexible displays.
    • by megaditto (982598)
      You could type on glass if you are wearing a force feedback glove of some sort, which can range from just giving you a satisfying "click" (through actuators strapped to your your digits) to actually reproducing keboard texture through a smaller equivalent of something like this [wikipedia.org] with a greater feel-el resolution.

      I bet you future notebooks will not have a screen either, but a single stalk with a laser projector that tracks your eyes and beams the image onto you retina (we have the technology right already for
    • I agree, and I even have an iPhone and *like* the iPhone for typing. Touch-screen keyboard works ok, assuming a situation where you'll be doing limited amounts of typing while paying a lot of attention for short bursts of time. To be more clear, when I'm typing an e-mail or SMS on my iPhone, I'm typing a quick message in particular circumstances, and I feel like I can afford to be a little deliberate in that process. But if I'm going to type a long e-mail or a report or something, I need a physical keybo

    • by drsmithy (35869)
      p> Apparently in the future the idea of tactile feedback is dead and everybody just types on glass screens like in the movies. Presumably these laptop designers have not actually tried that themselves to see just how much people actually like typing on a piece of glass with no cues at to where the keys are.

      To say nothing of the RSI nightmare from drumming your fingers onto a hard piece of glass all day.

    • I agree. Additionally, how are you supposed to read the screen when your hands are in the way, and when they're not in the way the screen is covered with grubby finger marks?
    • by cbreaker (561297) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:55PM (#22873088) Journal
      As much as people keep going on about their iPhones, you need tactile feedback to type at any speed, and to do it without looking. These screens might work okay for an occasional use notebook but not as a general purpose business machine.

      Not only do normal keyboards provide an excellent method of interfacing with a computer, they also cushion the fingers as you type so you don't experience pain and pressure by tapping away at a hard surface all day.

      It looks pretty as a rendered image, but functionally I'd never own a computer for regular use that didn't have a normal keyboard - unless you could speak to the computer as you would in Star Trek land.
      • by MBGMorden (803437)
        Agreed. I personally can't even stand most modern standard keyboards - I use a mechanical switch/buckling spring keyboard at home and can't stand not having my satisfying "cuh-clank" on every keystroke when I have to use the $10 POS they bought me at work. Laptop keyboards are equally painful to type on. The though of typing on a solid surface is like a futurist article suggesting that we all just start imagining sex instead of using any "tactile orifices". Then again, this is Slashdot . . .
    • by funaho (42567)
      I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks these completely flat keyboards are silly. For those of us who were actually trained to touch type (I took it in high school in 1986) it's very cumbersome to use a keyboard that does not provide tactile feedback and some way of feeling the position of the home row. Ever wonder what the little ridges are for on the F and J keys? It's finger placement assistance for touch typists.

      Best keyboard I ever had was a Lexmark PS/2 keyboard from circa 1995. It was a $10
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Thankfully we don't have the computers today they predicted we'd have 5 years ago.
    • by Lumpy (12016)
      Exactly, these "designers" are simply doing a technology circle jerk for the masses.

      Anyone that actually uses a computer will tell you that it is 100% impossible to replace the keyboard. College students will overturn cars and burn them in the streets if they have to type a 1500 word essay on a fricking touchscreen. no programmer will touch the things, and any home user that wants to use it like anything but a glorified TV will also hate it.

      We have complete proof of this right now. Tablet sales suck, nob
  • Speaking about dual screens, it'd be really nice if someone would make a 17" LCD monitor with a folding base for use as a 2nd screen for a multimedia notebook. Just keep it in the bag when on the road and only set it up when you need it.
  • Wrong. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by youthoftoday (975074) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:30PM (#22872808) Homepage Journal
    Given those concept graphics none of those will be my laptop of the future. I won't be using anything with a 'start' button.
  • by spazdor (902907) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:30PM (#22872812)
    This concept art all looks like my first-year 3d design projects. Are they developing new plastics that will automatically produce lens-flares against any light source available? God, I hope so.
  • by brennanw (5761) * on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:33PM (#22872836) Homepage Journal
    ... it looks like the laptops of the future all have crappy keyboards.

    It's the whole "gee, look, with touch-sensitive screens we can paint a keyboard on the screen that you can use instead of an actual keyboard!"

    How the heck are you supposed to touch-type on something that gives you no tactile response?
    • How the heck are you supposed to touch-type on something that gives you no tactile response?

      by putting a feedback mechanism in the screen to push back and give slightly when the keystroke is registered... and I'd like to note that I'm putting this idea out into the open and heaven help anyone who tries to patent the idea... because as far as I'm concerned, you can't patent the idea, merely the implementation, so someone will have their work cut out trying to come up with a mechanism to do this... and that

    • by gfreeman (456642) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @03:33PM (#22873644)
      "How the heck are you supposed to touch ... something that gives you no tactile response?"

      May I introduce you to my wife?
  • by Toreo asesino (951231) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:35PM (#22872878) Journal
    Is it just me that hates the idea of a touch screen keyboard? I like feeling keys bounce back; it's not healthy for your fingers to not have some cushioning at the very least.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by MikeURL (890801)
      Actually I believe it is the movement of the fingers that causes carpel tunnel syndrome. If you can reduce the movement needed to type then you may reduce that problem.

      Then again by 2015 it would be REALLY nice if there would be some decent voice recognition too. I think the best situation is to have a variety of input devices available and to switch around as the need/mood strike you.
  • From TFA:
    The Siafu concept notebook, designed for the blind by Jonathan Lucas, omits a display altogether. Images from applications and Web sites are converted into corresponding 3-D shapes on Siafu's surface. It can be used for reading a Braille newspaper, feeling the shape of someone's face..."

    Think of the possibilities!
    Oh how the Slashdot crowd would love to get their hands on one of these... literally
    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      Think of the possibilities!

      ph34r the goatse.

      guess this would be what it would take to stop people from clicking on anonymous coward links once and for all.

    • I'm reminded of "Robin Hood: Men in Tights", in which the blind servant Blinkin is reading "Ye Olde Playboy" (on a scroll, and the "centerfold" is a bas-relief of a nude woman) while sitting in the outhouse.

      "Master Robin! You've lost your arms in battle! ...But you grew a nice set of boobs..."

  • by TripMaster Monkey (862126) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:37PM (#22872894)
    A whole bunch of "futuristic" designs, and not one that utilizes a flexible LCD.

    With a flexible LCD that rolls up when not in use, coupled with a flexible keyboard that likewise rolls up, one can escape (at least partially), the limiting factor of computer design...that is, having a system that a human can interface with comfortably.
  • by Overzeetop (214511) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:39PM (#22872914) Journal
    FTFS: "allowing you to slide your finger across the screen to immediately shut off the display and keep what you're working on confidential"

    Will it automatically hide the box of kleenex and bottle of hand lotion, too?
  • The Cario concept notebook from Anna Lopez can be carried around by its handle, positioned like an easel or placed on a car's steering wheel.
    Clearly drivers of the future need even more distractions while they are driving.
    • by drinkypoo (153816)
      We'll probably never have flying cars, at least on this planet, due to the high energy consumption. It's just not reasonable. But we COULD have self-driving cars relatively soon. Does anyone really doubt that cars will soon be doing a better job of driving than a soccer mom on a cellphone?
  • They didn't! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Idiomatick (976696)
    "2TB hard disk drive, which should be plenty of room for even the biggest data hog, the experts speculated."

    Who in this day and age would say 'that should be plenty' man i'm looking at having a few hundred bluray-sucessor movies i'm sure that'll be over 2TB. Silly people
  • WHOAAAAAAA (Score:2, Funny)

    by atcsharp (1257538)
    By then you linux users should have about 16,000 distros to pick from. Have fun.
  • Worst ideas ever (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sciros (986030) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:45PM (#22872984) Journal
    Seriously, the people who came up with this stuff are completely unimaginative and idiotic. Tactile feedback for typing is almost a necessity given you *don't f-ing look at the keyboard while typing*!! The only "future laptop" with some actual touch feedback they showed was the oily blob, which I don't even know how to approach. If I want to replace my laptop with an oily blob, I'll gain 200 pounds and sit on the table myself.

    The one that turns into a book viewer if you turn it 90 degrees is a total joke. Seriously, take your laptop right now, turn it 90 degrees so that the break between the two "halves" is vertical, and tell me that's a comfortable way to handle reading material. Unless it's laying flat on the table (in which case it better be quite small) it's completely unmanageable.

    The one they showed slung over the steering wheel of a car, that's just bad. BAD BAD BAD! Hey guys, here's a piece of crap with a touch-screen keyboard you have to stare at in order to use that you can hang right on your steering wheel! And then what, drive and type? That looks like the most uncomfortable thing ever even if you're parked.

    I give all these "laptops of the future" an EPIC FAIL out of 10.
    • Hell, I *don't* touch type, and still want tactile feedback. And with touch screens I tend to not want to stricke it with and force, so I'd be all careful with it and getting about 1 WPM.
    • In all fairness, the one hanging over the steering wheel of the car isn't that crazy. Realize that, in 2015, cars will drive themselves. I read just the other day that the technology to do so is just around the corner. So, using a laptop like that is actually a really great idea. Also, the cars will fly. That's coming soon, too.

      -G
    • The one they showed slung over the steering wheel of a car, that's just bad. BAD BAD BAD!

      Perhaps they are laboring under the discredited notion that every vehicle currently on the road right now will be replaced with fully automated self-driving SMART cars, leaving the driver free to manage other things.

      And then what, drive and type?

      Agreed. It is bad enough to see people texting on their cell phones today while operating four (4) tons of SUV moving down the road at 25+ mph. Just imagine them trying to edit their spreadsheets on the way to work, the airbag would deploy and smash that laptop right through their face, which

  • by CSMatt (1175471)
    Not interested. I'd rather have a hoverboard.
  • The future of computing is the Nintendo DS [wikipedia.org]?

    Seriously, this is quite a cool concept, although I (like many others here) remain a tad skeptical, especially with regard to the lack of a keyboard.

    On the other hand, if they used the "blank space" currently occupied by the wrist wrests as a visual multitouch interface, a few interesting possibilities open up. New technologies and cost reductions are going to allow us to considerably modify UI metaphors into something quite a bit more abstract. Whether or not t
  • by geophile (16995) <jao@geo[ ]le.com ['phi' in gap]> on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @02:56PM (#22873102) Homepage
    What I want is my 1TB USB keychain (or iphone) to have my favorite OS, apps, and all my data, and to be able to plug it into CPU/keyboard/mouse/display/diskless/OSless stations in airplanes, cafes, hotels, etc.

    The various Linux-on-a-thumbdrive distributions and products are a step in the right direction. What we really need now is for vendors to design stations that these doodads can plug into.
    • Why even plug it in? Why not go with a combo of RFID/Wi-fi/wireless USB when using a Pox - an abbreviation for Public Box... as well as a good mnemonic for remembering proper data hygiene when accessing one ;). Drop your key/RFID reader on the Pox's pad for handshaking, and you're off. When it comes to public terminals, my authentication of it's identity is far more important than it's veracity of mine.

      I could possibly see plugging it into a (power only) port to recharge/reduce the drain on the battery, but
    • You only think that's what you want, until you realize that somebody will have been on the hardware before you and set up a virtualization environment which looks like you own the hardware, but is quietly logging your keystrokes and mining your sensitive data.
    • by Grishnakh (216268)
      Are you nuts? You're going to trust airlines, cafes and hotels to provide properly-working computers to plug your USB keychain into?

      There's a reason everyone carries a whole computer around with them now, instead of just relying on businesses to provide sharable computers. When such things have been tried in the past, it's been a disaster: the computers weren't well set-up, were infected with viruses, didn't work right, didn't have the software people needed, and worse, had an enormous per-minute charge t
  • HP spent about 200 million on trying to sell a PC with a touch-sensitive screen. Remember the PC and the butterfly? Lots of TV ads and dang little in terms of sales.

    Problem was, people soon figured out their arm got tired, you could not see what you were mousing over, the screen got smudged with fingerprints, and it's hard to click on a little checkbox when your fingertip is ten times bigger.

  • Looks like we're still going to be using XP seven years from now...
  • by OglinTatas (710589) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @03:05PM (#22873232)
    Cario, I think # 4 in the image gallery...

    If you thought idiots talking on cell phones while driving were dangerous, wait until you get next to some jerk using the convenient steering wheel mount on the Cario laptop.

  • by davidwr (791652)
    The computer of the future will be a bionic implant.

    The one right before that will just be a "box" with the thinking parts, a visual display which will either be eyeglass-mounted, a handheld-sized projection device that projects onto a table or wall, a keyboard-equivalent which might be gloves, a flat, rollable keyboard, or even a camera-based sensor that detects where your fingers are, and a mouse-trackpad equivalent which might be 3-d gestures or something that reads 2-d finger movements similar to the ke
  • 50% of the comments so far are about...
    Ranting about how one can't deal with a touchscreen... no tactile feedback blah blah blah...

    Yet this same crowd loves the iPhone...

    Ironic?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by idlemind (760102)

      50% of the comments so far are about...
      Ranting about how one can't deal with a touchscreen... no tactile feedback blah blah blah...

      Yet this same crowd loves the iPhone...

      Ironic?
      Because the usage scenarios for an iPhone and a laptop are identical, right?
  • Those are the ONLY considerations for me..

    "Most experts agree that future notebooks will be just as limited by battery life as they are now. But that doesn't mean we won't see significant advances in mobile power supplies -- such advances will be necessary to keep up with all the extra power."

    Great, so you will sell me an eight core laptop with 36 times more power than I need, and as a result, the battery life for it will suck just as much as my current one does.
    I want a laptop that lets me surf the web and
  • So, in a few years' time I will be using keyboards lacking tactile feedback and glossy, fingerprint-stained displays. I just can't find words to express how eagerly I wait this :)

    OK, so touch keyboards were really a wave of the future in the early 80s and I was somewhat disappointed that my C=64 had conventional keys - at least until I actually got around to try to use a touch keyboard (and decided that it totally sucked).
  • Unimaginative, indeed.

    What with the voiceless phone call alread a reality, how trivial would it be to take the nerve-sensing capabilities of the neckband and make two nerve sensing wristbands and/or perhaps gloves?

    the wristbands would sense your nerve impulses and tell what you were intending to type, even without tactile feedback. Just imagine typing in your head and the signals go to your wrist and finger muscles.

    This is of course skirting the whole concept that one could simply use the neckband to simply
  • I don't need a super powerful process or a 2 terabyte hard drive on a laptop. With Wi-Max type connectivity, I can always connect to my desktop or to a leased server for extra storage and computing capacity. What I need is for the laptop to work, that is not run out of battery. I don't know why I would need to wait 7 years either, as a 24 hour battery life is quite achievable with today's technology. Create a Macbook Air type laptop, except make it sicker by adding a fat, full size regular lithium battery o
  • I suspect that the laptop of 2015 will look at lot like the laptop of 2008, which incidentally looks a lot like the laptop of 1998. Sure, the screens may look nicer, and the batteries will last longer, but the folding keyboard/screen combination has been around for a long time because it just works.
  • Did anyone else notice that all of the "futuristic" laptops were running Windows?
  • In one, a touch-sensitive screen acts as the system's keyboard and mouse, allowing you to slide your finger across the screen to immediately shut off the display and keep what you're working on confidential
    It's good to see that our priorities are in order -- no matter what technology is available ten years from now, it better be able to hide our pr0n.
  • The Siafu concept notebook [computerworld.com] with it's tactile surface looks like a very nice idea.

    It really makes me wonder how it would display, say, Pamela Anderson...

  • To me, the problems with these 'futuristic' devices always comes down to batteries. Until we develop an inexpensive, low-mass, "safe" battery that lasts a long time, people are still going to be desperately hunting down electrical outlets in airports, no matter how fancy the gadget.
  • Flexible screen - folds out for full-sized scrren when I have the room, stays slid into the top cover for a half-size screen when I don't. This is probably an OLED device, shough Sharp at least is working on this sort of display. Note to self, recommend a cell phone with this, so I can have a useful browsing experience in something shirt-pocket sized.

    Jackable to a desktop-style keyboard/mouse/monitor setup wherever I am. Like libraries, work, home office, McDonalds (since by then Starbucks will be pass
  • by gillbates (106458) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @04:30PM (#22874418) Homepage Journal

    Is that the laptop of the future:

    1. Will weigh 15 pounds, and have a 21" LCD. But you won't be able to play HD movies unless you buy the Media Package - which will require a special version of Vista and add another pound for the hardware security module.
    2. Will have a battery life of about 45 minutes.
    3. Will have a 2 TB hard drive, half of which will be consumed by Windows.
    4. Will take 15 minutes to boot.
    5. Will have a 1 GHz processor with 16 cores, only one of which will be enabled while on battery power.

    You know, people just don't get it. If I'm buying a desktop, yes, I want all of the bells and whistles and don't care how heavy or how much power it uses. But when I buy a laptop, I'm not buying a mobile desktop. I want something that's light and easily portable. I want something with a keyboard that's usable, not merely "painted on" as an afterthought; tactile feedback matters. I want something which can be opened in economy class on an airline - the last corporate laptop I had was so big that this was impossible - I used my Palm instead. And I want something that can be used for hours on end without a recharge.

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