Here are some ideas as to how such a configuration would work. Please add your thoughts.
What are we talking about?
Two Nokia N800 Internet Tablets fastened together. The hinge would connect the bottom edge of the first one to the top edge of the second one. The hinge would allow the two devices to be ‘closed’ by folding them back to back. Ideally, the hinge would also allow the devices to be folded screen to screen. The hinge would also be set up to allow for a flat position with the two being two screens tall. Finally, a slightly angled position would also be supported with the top device lightly tilted ‘in’.
How would this be useful?
- Use the bottom device as a keyboard for the top device.
- Use the top device for watching movies and the bottom device for reading the imdb entry about the movie.
- Use the top device for ReaderMini.com and the bottom device email.
- Applications could be written to take advantage of the screens as though they were one. The application could communicate with the ‘secondary display’ via bluetooth, usb or wifi.
- Use the top device for GPS / directions and the bottom for a browser.
- Use the top for video chat and the bottom for a movie/browser, etc.
ThoughtFix has an excellent recap of the situation that current UMPC customers are facing in terms of upgrading to Vista. I have to agree with him on most points, especially the ‘You don’t need it’ statement. I’ve just come back to Vista after a multi-month XP vacation and I really enjoy it – on my laptop. But there’s no compelling reason (yet) to upgrade an XP UMPC to Vista.
That being said, I’ll be interested to see some solid tests (on UMPCs) of ReadyBoost, Indexed Search and the new Vista battery life improvements. Also, on my laptop, I find hibernate in Vista to be much, much faster than XP, so I assume the same would be true for UMPCs.
Jonathan Greene has a couple great how-tos up for my favorite Internet Tablet.
Meanwhile, ThougtFix has a video demo of Windows XP Tablet Edition running on the Nokia 770. 😉
Justin is a keynote speaker at the Small Business Summit in New York City and he wants to bring along the first 10 people that email him. Sounds like a great time!
Also, I’ll pay the entry fee ($149) for the first ten of you who email me describing your business and why you’d like to attend. If you don’t live in the New York area I’ll kick in $200 towards your travel expenses as well.
This was a very easy change to make, but one I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.
Changes in Release .9.3 – 1/19/07
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