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Ric_NYC
April 2nd, 2010, 04:43 PM
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/7384/iweb22.jpg


One of the biggest problems with the small form factor of netbooks is the keyboards. They're just too small to comfortably use with adult-size hands. But the footprint of the computers themselves are great, making them super portable. What's the solution?

This clever concept device features a keyboard that folds out, allowing it to keep that small netbook footprint while also offering a comfortable, full-size keyboard. The only drawback I can see would be the thickness that another folded layer would add to the design. But if done right, it could be a worthwhile tradeoff. We'll have to wait and see if any computer manufacturers choose to turn this concept into reality.


http://dvice.com/archives/2010/03/fold-out-keyboa.php




Good... Now I need a fold-out screen... :)

fatality_uk
April 2nd, 2010, 10:14 PM
Funny how old things come round again :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_ThinkPad_Butterfly_keyboard

beetleman64
April 2nd, 2010, 10:18 PM
Funny how old things come round again :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_ThinkPad_Butterfly_keyboard

I wonder why no netbook manufacturer has thought of doing this (or something similar as IBM/Lenovo would probably sue)