Monday, September 28, 2009
Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM
"Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the "late prototype" stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre."
Pretty neat, I'm a fan of dual screens on the desktop, but I'd be curious to see how well they'd work on a portable. One concern I have with the current design is whether you can fold the second screen all the way back and use it as a single screen device that could be held with one hand. The current iteration makes it appear you'd need a desk or lap to be able to hold and interface with it simultaneously.