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Intel demos four-screen multi-touch notebook

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Tue September 22, 2009

Intel Tangent Bay concept

Ahead of its Developer Forum, Intel has demonstrated a new notebook concept it hopes might be more widespread. Nicknamed Tangent Bay, the prototype embeds three OLED multi-touch screens in the main body and makes theses a central part of the interface. They can be used to play media without taking up space on the main display but can also interact with each other: a video queued in one can be played on the other. Content can also be dragged to and from the sub-displays as well as the main LCD.

It's not evident if any computer manufacturers have lined up to implement technologies like Tangent Bay. Intel hasn't committed to a Notebooks with secondary touchscreens have been rare and have been limited to specialized systems like the Fujitsu LifeBook N7010, although these have previously limited by having to use single-touch LCDs. [via CNET]

By Electronista Staff


  1. balanced

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    way to busy looking, just my opinion

  1. JulesLt

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    I can see it working as an external keyboard on a video editing station, but that's a pretty niche use.

    Mind you, with a complete rethinking of the OS interface, it could be interesting - i.e. moving the dock / taskbar and notifications completely out of the main screen.

  1. nomadman

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    Whats the point?

    In typical Dell fashion, it seems pointless and unimaginative. Why we need 3 tiny screens? Who is going to program for them? Could whatever is in them not have been placed on the main screen in a collapsible GUI widget? An actual screen seems way too literal when it does not need to be. Oh, and by the way, it looks like a**!

  1. FrogPad

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    softFrog, User Interface for Multi Touch applicati

    I am including the video of the one handed SoftFrog on tablets and iPhone. These are both in Alpha stage, yet are working very well. Because the FrogPad IP is multi touch, we are using both multi touch and single touch technologies on our SoftFrog. FrogPad is a proven User Interface on hardware..

    I suggest that it can be an alternative/additional user interface for all Multi Touch applications.

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