Toshiba Touch Dual Screen Tablet on Video
We’ve seen reports of this before, but here’s a demo of it on video captured by Robert Scoble. Called the Libretto W100, the small dual screen machine is only a prototype or concept, but a limited number of the devices will be put on sale. According to the rep, that will enable Toshiba to get some feedback on the technology for future devices.
The dual screen features two 7 inch multi-touch displays that allows you to use one as a virtual keyboard, or to have the same app span two screens. Not sure if you can have multiple apps each appearing on the screen or not. It’s running Windows 7.
No word on pricing or how one gets on the list for the “limited number” that will be put on sale.
06/21/2010 at 7:30 am
I’d like to see the keyboard options in portrait mode. With the device held like a book, then the device can be used while standing and gains one of the mobile advantages of the tablet PC’s. Windows 7 Home premium, so no handwriting recognition?
06/21/2010 at 12:40 pm
He said it’s a capacitive digitizer so writing is probably not going to be too natural, but I’m pretty sure all the Windows 7 versions include handwriting recognition.
I wonder if this would work with capacitive touch on one screen and an active digitizer on another, or if that would just be confusing. In an ideal world both would toggle back and forth…
06/21/2010 at 1:50 pm
Since it can recognize two different screens I’m guessing that it will recognize the different inputs, but at the same time I don’t know. It seems that JKK Mobile has added active digitizer to various devices; I’ll ask him what he thinks.
06/24/2010 at 1:43 am
You do know that capacitive and EMR (Wacom) digitizers can coexist on the same screen, right? It’s how the Dell Latitude XT/XT2, HP tx2, tm2, Lenovo ThinkPad X200t/X201t, Fujitsu LifeBook T900, and many others are configured. It works best that way since when the EMR pen comes into range, the touch digitizer on top gets ignored entirely. Perfect palm rejection!
Anyway, about Toshiba’s booklet-no Wacom, no sale. It won’t be the Courier I’m looking for without it. Also, using one screen as a virtual keyboard is doing it wrong-might as well have a hardware keyboard I can touch-type on, which current Tablet PCs already give me.
06/21/2010 at 2:45 pm
Ok, so it’s now commonly accepted superstition among all the major PC manufacturers like Toshiba, HP etc. that Windows 7 won’t work on a slate… but apparently it will work on two slates connected with a hinge. Aagh, the Stupid, it hurts!
06/21/2010 at 3:50 pm
I am sorry if this causes you pain but I don’t understand your position.
Does this have any bearing on your position?
06/21/2010 at 4:01 pm
Yes, it supports my position perfectly: you can buy a slate PC from a niche manufacturer starting at $2300 but not from any mass producer who could sell them for a reasonable price. They all just keep chanting “can’t have Windows on a slate, must have mobile OS, can’t have Windows on a slate, must have mobile OS…”
06/21/2010 at 5:36 pm
Thanks for the clarification. You acerbity had obscured what you meant by “can’t”. I’d be glad to buy the OS and put it on a device myself it it came to that.
06/22/2010 at 4:51 am
LOL very true :)