[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>For some reason a bunch of yahoos around these boards would love one. Sadly for them, it's a ridiculous idea, as is the detachable monitor. The trend in displays is for them to get bigger. The bigger they get, the less you'll want to move them around. Why go throughtthe expense of engineering/implementing such a system when few if any will use it? You NEED a keyboard. It's called a laptop, ok people? Get one, they're actually quite useful. Speech recognition doesn't cut it, and even a two finger hunt and peck typist writes faster with a keyboard than with a pen and paper. </strong><hr></blockquote>
Engineers who need mobility onsite can definitely use tablets and they would be a hit around hospitals.
It isn't practical to use a laptop because you actually need a place to set it down.
Frankly I'm tired of using a clipboard then having to redo everything onto my computer. The ability to just interface a tablet would be great. Doesn't need to be powerful just needs to be able to take notes and diagrams.
[quote]<strong>Some kind of **SMALL** easily handheld tablet might actually be useful. But it'd have to be no bigger than a trade paperback book and no more than half an inch thick. This is no kind of primary display that detaches. It could be something supplementary, like a smoothly networked eBook reader that let's you control your home network. Perhaps with a paper-like pressure sensitive screen to accept input for drawing skecthing etc... to be used with a main display. See how much that cintiq LCD tablet costs (and it ain't even wireless) You can forget it! The main criteria for this e-paper dream device is that it be cheap. Along the lines of other input periphs like your keyboard and mouse. Ok, it could cost a little more, but not much. No one, not with any current tech, can provide a device (of this kind) which is both cheap and usefull, at least not in the next 5 years.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Your idea of what is needed are about right (detechable screen or not doesn't matter) but the technology exists now. Just nobody is making them (demand too small I guess). As for how much people would pay I imagine that would vary. I would pay up to around $1000 perhaps more (comes out of the company's pocket so like I really care
) if it could do what I wanted and needed.