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Sharp has unveiled a netbook that, it claims, features the world’s first LCD touchpad, allowing for both pen and multi-touch finger operation - and providing visual feedback. Video courtesy of Akihabaranews Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com Named Mebius, the PC has a 4in, 854 × 480 input device that – …

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nintendo DS????

First is such an over used word these days.

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Nothing new...

Several high-end Toshiba laptops from early 2004 featured (monochrome) displays built-in to their touchpads/

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Finally!

Someone is breaking out of the mold! Pity the machines have bloated to 10in but hey, at least someone is trying something new...

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Not Exactly New

Toshiba had a simple LCD touchpad that was used in a similar fashion on an Satellite laptop. I think it was a 7200, or something like that. Similar, only it was only B&W and didn't support multitouch

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Resolution

So, the there are almost as many pixels on the trackpad as there are on the screen - in what world does _that_ make sense?

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want!!!

That looks so cool. Hope we get it over here soon.

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awsome...

but i just spent £700 on a netbook for work and a laptop for gaming.....

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hopefully sharp will licence this new tech to other manufacturers soon, it looks like the next big thing for laptops.

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nice

hmmmm trackpad as context sensitive display mmmmmmm

where's the linux version <sigh>?

Sharp: sell the trackpad to other OEMs ... <dreams>

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Looks like a...

Looks like a glorified Nintendo DS.

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Mmm mebbe

Mebius? Which marketing guru was paid a ridiculous some to come up with that lemon of a name?

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Interesting...

How large of a touch pad could they create?

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Pixel density

The touchpad apparently has a much higher pixel density than the screen -- at more than half the number of pixels at a much smaller area.

The touchpad is probably designed as the main screen for a PDA and just reused for a netbook.

But why, oh why, does nobody make netbooks with better screen resolution? HP did, briefly, before going down to the boring 1024x600 that everyone else uses.

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Very clever. Sort of

So its a laptop with a biggish screen and a much smaller screen, which is touch and pen sensitive. And its got quite a good colour range. And you can write stuff on it.

What was not shown was how this integrates with what's on the main screen. My eyes can track a cursor on a main screen quite well enough without needing a little repeater screen. How does this improve your user interface to allow you to do things in ways which are impossible with a more conventional pad?And in the 21st century how does a laptop go into production with a 3 hour life expectancy?

BTW on the video. Kill the sound. There is no commentary and the music is pants.

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