E-books and laptop ergonomics–and the future of the laptop, as seen by ThinkPad visionary

one of the new ThinkPad conceptsHere’s to detachable keyboards for laptops!

Not only would they be good for users’ backs, necks, arms and wrists, but they might also make e-book reading easier. In a related vein, how about displays you can raise?

Those are among the concepts discussed–without mention of e-books–in a CNet interview with Arimasa Naitoh, father of the ThinkPad (via Slashdot).

3 Comments on E-books and laptop ergonomics–and the future of the laptop, as seen by ThinkPad visionary

  1. There was a product like this 4, 5 years ago! I can’t remember the name, but it was a laptop whose screen and keyboard were separate components.

    personally, for home ebook reading, i’d kind of like a portable display with a built-in trackball or other pointing device. wifi, bluetooth, wireless usb, the screen would be light and cheap (or as cheap as a small lcd-screen gets when you include the pointing device and batteries) and would give us that ‘curl up in bed” factor yet work off our desktops or laptops sitting on a table across the room.

    it would have the added boost of being able to control a media computer like the Mac mini — like a super remote.

  2. Pond, let us know if you track down the info about the laptop from 4-5 years ago! Yep, the curl-up factor is important. Let’s hope there will be a variety of form-factor-related options. – David

  3. Garson Poole // August 1, 2006 at 1:43 am //

    I recall when the IBM PCjr first shipped in 1984, and it had a detached wireless infrared keyboard referred to as a “freeboard”. The Wikipedia entry says “the wireless functionality did not work as well as expected; in practice, range only extended to about two or three feet from the machine, and batteries drained very quickly.”

    Of course, the IBM PCjr was not a laptop as envisioned above, and some technologies require years to mature. The “chiclet” style keyboard of the PCjr was rejected and the model largely failed.

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