Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dell's New Multitouch Tablet


Dell Latutude XT2 from asadal on Vimeo.

I don't know what the ongoing fascination is about walking around with multitouch tablets. It's an incredibly akward idea for two reasons:
1. Balancing a 5 lbs. box on your arm is hard enough without poking it all over the place.

2. The natural standing position for users is to stabilize the device with their abdomen. If the user balances the tablet with their left arm, the bottom left third of the screen will be uncomfortable to access.

Pick up a computer, book, cereal box or magazine and try it.

More importantly, I don't understand why hardware manufacturers are providing these products without a meaningful SDK. Hardware is useless without easy to develop software.

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