Towards tactile multitouch ultrabooks with accelerometer
January 13th, 2012 - 01:27 am ET by D. T.
Intel is looking at launching ultrabooks with tactile multitouch screen and accelerometers.
During a small pre-CES conference, Intel demonstrated an ultrabook equipped with a capacitive multitouch tactile screen, allowing users to zoom on a Web page by pinching their fingers together, along with an accelerometer which allowed the user to control a plane simulation game by tilting the device.
For Intel, it is obvious that the next generation ultrabooks should offer these two functions which are currently widely deployed in smartphones and digital tablets.
They also envisage a wide scale deployment of such technologies, considering computers will benefit from the same operating systems in the future as smartphones/tablets (Android, Windows, etc.). Over time, these should also become just as manoeuvrable, with an emphasis being made on keeping devices thin and low on weight.
We will now need to see what their assembly partners think of the idea, as there is also the option of a tablet paired with a keyboard docking station which seems like a more interesting idea. Providing the same possibilities, this presents the advantage of getting your hands on a device which is better adapted to the kind of use being looked for by each user (tactile interface for surfing the Internet and terminal with keyboard for office work). This is also without forgetting that there is also the possibility of maintaining two distinct devices (a computer for main use and a tablet for on the go tasks).