Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 00:39 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Efforts are split between models in which keyboards detach from screens, ones in which the keys remain attached but can be hidden behind displays, and traditional fixed clamshell designs." None of these really float my boat. They work with clunky connectors and weird hinges, while I'd much rather have Surface's nice magnetic connection. On top of that, Surface just looks way better than this stuff. Pretty clear why Microsoft felt the need to make their own hardware.
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RE[4]: Why so different
by Alfman on Tue 4th Sep 2012 14:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why so different"
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"It is just that adding a full-fledged input device and using it only as a secondary input method isn't going to be particularly efficient (cost, power, weight, image quality etc). If I had one, I'd like to make a better use of it."

I doubt many laptop users would mind the addition of touch support (as long as the addition doesn't compromise the laptop's existing functionality). It's the inverse that isn't necessarily true - many modern tablet users would rather not have a keyboard (but then they're not the audience I'm talking about).

"BTW, most of your use cases would be served rather well by replacing a touchpad in your laptop with an inductive tablet sensor."

Would it be a display? It's not practical to write/edit on a touch pad if there isn't feedback.

"We could go further and make the whole keyboard one big touchpad/tablet (I wonder if that's what Touch Cover in Microsoft's Surface is going to be)."

I've seen demos of this on youtube actually. It has merit in that it frees the main screen from having to display a virtual keyboard. But until virtual keyboards gain tactile feedback, they won't replace physical keyboards in my opinion.

I think you might be interested in microsoft's courier tablet project which they killed a few years ago.

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