CES 2012: Apple's Touchscreen iMac Concept Brought to Life by Lenovo
One of Apple’s many patent publications from 2010 revealed the company’s concept for an iMac supporting both mouse-driven and touch-based input with a hinged display arm, allowing the screen to transition from an upright position to a horizontal surface. Although Apple has yet to release such a product and may have possibly taken the idea off the whiteboard completely, Lenovo seems to have brought it to fruition. Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre A720 was shown off at CES this week and offers a similar flexibility to transition between a traditional all-in-one desktop configuration and a flat touch surface.
Much like the HP TouchSmart 610, which debuted around this time last year, it has a display that can be tilted between 5 and 90 degrees. The idea here being that the 10-point multitouch panel will be easier to use if it’s lying at a near-flat angle. The flexible display arm isn’t the only attractive thing about the device either. Spec-wise, it is said to be offered with various Intel Core I processors, discrete NVIDIA graphics, and up to either 1TB HDD or a 64GB solid-state drive – starting at a price of $1,299. It is expected to hit sometime in the first half of 2012.
The folks over at The Verge
managed to get a hands-on video showing the IdeaCentre A720 in use in both its upright and horizontal positions as well. After watching the demo, you may notice what seems to be a rather sluggish response to touch input. What it does offer is a good glimpse of the flexibility with the multiple orientations. You can check the video out below:
It should be noted that Apple’s patent application included descriptions of sensors that would automatically detect the orientation of the display and adjust the operating system being used accordingly. The main idea here was that the computer would utilize a Mac OS X interface in its upright position and then transition to an iOS-like touch interface when moved to the horizontal display. Lenovo’s concept doesn’t utilize this automatic sensing but what it does offer is Lenovo’s dedicated IdeaTouch layer on top of Windows 7. The IdeaTouch layer allows for the touch input.
Would any of you be interested in owning this kind of all-in-one desktop? Share any thoughts and opinions below!
Source: The Verge