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The multi-touch computer is HP's first foray into multi-touch notebooks

Hewlett-Packard has introduced a new laptop computer with multi-touch technology, a first time attempt at a multi-touch system for the computer giant.

The TouchSmart tx2 laptop lets owners use hand motions instead of using a keyboard or mouse while manipulating photos, images, music and other applications.  

HP's tx2 weighs 5 lbs. and ships with Microsoft Windows Vista, 12.1-in. LED screen, rechargeable digital ink pen, and is powered using the AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processor.

Multi-touch technology has been made popular by the Apple iPhone and other similar handhelds.  In fact, some analysts and Apple backers expected Steve Jobs and Apple to be the first company to release a Mac laptop with multi-touch features.

Asus initially beat HP to the punch with a multi-touch notebook PC, but the tx2's screen is able to pivot, while the Asus offering cannot.

"Breezing through web sites and enjoying photos or video at the tap, whisk or flick of a finger is an entirely new way to enjoy digital content on a notebook PC," said Ted Clark, HP's Notebook Global Business Unit VP and general manager.  "With the introduction of the TouchSmart tx2, HP is providing users an easier, more natural way to interact with their PCs, and furthering touch innovation."

The tx2 supports the following different modes:  PC, display and tablet, and users can use a stylus to write on to the screen in tablet mode.  The screen can pivot 180 degrees so someone sitting across the table can easily look at the screen.

Microsoft doesn't plan on including touch technology into Windows until Window 7, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2010.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 is available immediately with a starting price of $1,149.

HP's latest laptop release comes shortly after the company announced it saw a large rise in profits over the same period last year.  Despite falling to No. 2 in the U.S. computer market to Dell, its fourth-quarter revenue increased 19 percent up to $33.6B at a time when other companies are struggling.



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Flat screens flat world
By bugnguts on 11/20/2008 1:29:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think for touch and gesture interfaces to take hold we need to change the aging flat monitor. I would love to have a kind of bowl like monitor, flat where my hands are normally placed but rounding up a little and around ether side. The curvature would be such that the screen is maintains a 75-90 degree angle or so with your line of site. The problem right now with a tablet or desktop PC's is the keyboard and the screen are typically at near right angles, making transition form type to touch cumbersome. If you tilt your tablet/laptop screen back too much to ease the transition then you deal with problems associated with abnormal viewing angles.
I guess the laptop screens require great flexibility, but for a desktop type station it would be like having an unbroken three monitor setup. I could have WOW up on the center and be checking quest coordinates on wowhead on the left. and have vent and etc on the right... I mean be able to work on my Chem. Engr. assignments with more efficiency.




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