iMacs with Multitouch?

braj

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There is a documentary I'm watching right now called 'The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED' from 2006 TED conference in Monterey, CA. A research scientist shows off a version of Multitouch that can use all 10 fingers, and is something like an artist's desk. It is the second lecture into the documentary and I wish I had a YouTube clip, but it gives a good idea of what Apple and others may have in the works very soon :) Suddenly Microsoft's coffee table computer doesn't look as silly of an idea. Pretty cool!
 

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My hope would be for a mulit-touch OS X tablet in the very near future. Anyone heard of such plans? I'm sure it's in the works - the popularity of the iPhone would make such a tablet seem very likely...
 

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I'm not sure there is much demand for a tablet. The iPhone works as such as is perfectly portable. And with the addition of multi-touch to the MBPs they've opened up the gestures bag. Why would you want work on a tablet as your everyday computer? Seems like too much effort if you ask me.
 

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I'm not sure there is much demand for a tablet. The iPhone works as such as is perfectly portable. And with the addition of multi-touch to the MBPs they've opened up the gestures bag. Why would you want work on a tablet as your everyday computer? Seems like too much effort if you ask me.

I have many UMPCs and tablet PCs, no more regular notebooks for me and I am ANXIOUSLY and patiently waiting for my iMacTablet.
 

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can you explain to me the appeal of tablets? I find them cool and feature packed, but what are the main reasons tablets are so hyped?

Whenever i hear an interview from Bill Gates, he always swears by his tablet. I just want to know a little more about a technology that I am completely unfamiliar with.
 

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iMacs with Multi-touch would be great, but I don't see it as being very practical, considering you have a mouse and keyboard. It would be nice to manipulate pictures that way, but it doesnt seem precise enough for detailed work.
 

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The overall design would have to change a lot. Positioning the screen at a 30 degree angle might make it practical, at least to me. The way it is now doesn't suit multi-touch. Frumpy is what it would be like, frumpy.
 

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I don't know how much I tilt my monitor now, but I doubt it is anywhere close to 30 degrees. I wonder how this is going to work. I don't think I will be as productive with a monitor tilted so much. The colors will be off too.
 

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My point is, the use of the computer would have to completely change. An iMac with a touchscreen would be like... putting wheels on its base. What would be the point? We don't take iMacs for walks(well I don't, not normally at least); likewise, we don't do any serious "touching" with any vertical-standing monitors. It's too awkward. It'd only be practical if it were a horizontal surface; think: non-portable modbook, except stylus-less.
 

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