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||the ipad-project is about a new portable universal-computer
and ideas for a new operating-system. since i can't build
computers, i hope for apple-computer to build it first.
here you find ideas and wishes that i (and a lot of people
around me) have, when we think of the 'ultimate' computer
we would love to be able to buy today.
here you see the scribbles of the fist version (which was called
'iBook' in 1995 before there was something like apples 'iMacs'
or 'iBooks' by the way...and even before the first palm came out):
the iPad/iBook fills the gap between a PDA and a notebook/tablet.
todays closest classification would be the UMPC category.
there are different formfactors: the "iBook" and the "iPad".
1999 a design-prototype of the iBook was build, because
we needed it as an actor in the "iworld-vision-trailer".
some screenshots from the trailer:
first 3D renderings from 1998:
||the iPad comes in 3 different sizes: S (80x160mm), M (120x240mm)
and L (160x320mm). Looks like a normal sub-notebook. but: it has
a touchscreen, that you can take off (the computer is in the screen, not
in the keyboard!! screen: transflective (backlight only when you really
need it...being able to work in bright sunlight), resolution: from 1024x512 up to
HDTV (1920x1080). it runs a full operating systen (macOSX, winVista or linux)
has lots of RAM and boots from flash memory (20-30 gig) (no HD!! that means:
longer battery life, very robust, absolutly quiet...).
it has a 1024 level-pressure-sensitive touchscreen (wacom technology
with thin foil behind screen) plus the common touch technology (like
in the UMPCs today). that's very vital, since you want mouseover functionality
PLUS being able to type on you screen with your fingers!): when you use the
pen, the touch functionality is blocked, so you can put your hand on the screen
when you write with the pen for example.
it fits into your pocket: because you can simply fold the screen (see images).
(size in you pocket: 120x120mm for size M). First versions don't need to have
this feature...but it is possible. we know who can do it ;-).
it has also: USB, firewire, ext. monitor output (supporting up to HDTV res.),
audio in/out, ethernet, WLAN, UMTS (3G)modem, bluetooth (irda-infrared?),...
(more description and some more images are coming soon)
i t i l e s
there are some further ideas like the i-tiles-concept:
itiles consist of sqare full-screen reflective lcd panel modules.
first versions might be 256x256 pixels, later ones 512 or 1024.
there are different tile-types: processor-tiles, powersupply-tiles,
keyboard-tiles (if you still need it),... the idea is that you can click
togehter your computer. for example: one processor-tile and one
power-tile make a good handheld computer. click on more
processor-tiles to have better performance or more power-tiles
to extend the batterylife. kids could meet and share their tiles
to build up an enormous super-computer or build big displays.
the click together-joints are made up in a way that you can still
fold up the computer you have build (see above). as soon as you
join the tiles, they become one computer: you can use the resources
of the other tiles and share data etc. also the screen becomes one.
so you only move the data visually from one tile to the other...thats it.
a lot of synergies result from this.
there are much more concepts we are thinking of (like 3D-projection
into the eyes and operating systems for those kind of devices...but we
think it's better to have an 'older' technologie wich is working really good
than a new one wich is just another pain for people to work with.
if you are interested in builing those kind of devices, please let us know.
we are working on that already...but we think it is a few more years
until this is ready for the big markets).
mail me if you want to discuss about some more ideas...
...and don't miss to have a look at the iworld-project which is the truely
innovative part (and center) of the iverse.