Sunday, 21 December 2008

21. The future of computing

There is a suddenly flurry announcements of interesting developments that make you speculate what technology will arrive in 2009. And at least some will be of interest to the dyslexic individual.

For example, it seems that IBM have announce a new laptop with two screens. The primary screen is 17 inch (1920 x 1200 pixels) while the secondary screen is 10.6 inch (1280 x 768 pixels). It also has a small drawing palm rest tablet, and a camera. This could be wonderful for the dyslexics, especially those working in the creative arts. The catch (and there is always a catch) it that it is over 4.5kg.

This IBM one seems to be real (though no dates and no costs available as yet) while the better looking Apple triBook one appears to be only a concept.

And apparently Dell are about to bring out a laptop that is thinner than the Apple Air.


Then there is the story of a Canadian PhD student finding a way to improve mobile battery life by a factor of 12. (It is to do with the way power and signal are transmitted.)

Now if you could give me three screens with 24 hours of battery life and weighing under 1kg .......

IBM ThinkPad W700

Apple Tribook

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