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Intel Shows Laptop With 4 Screens, LCD and OLED

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Extreme multitasking with extreme laptop touching!

It's IDF, which means that Intel will put on display some of its prototype ideas. While Intel itself doesn't create systems, it does have some design influence on how its technology is put together.

One of the more interesting ideas from Intel is the multi-screen laptop. While making a laptop with more than one display isn't a new concept (Lenovo's W700 or the gScreen), integrating four into one is a new mark. Of course, they're not all four full sized, but with one LCD and three auxiliary OLED, it's certainly neat.

What makes the Intel prototype even more interesting is that it features multitouch on all of its screens, allowing users to manipulate and move content from one screen to the next, as can be seen in the videos on CNet.

It may be cost prohibitive right now, but the possibilities for multitasking and very enticing.

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    kingssman , September 22, 2009 10:33 PM
    hmmmm im gonna be the first to say that they should put the screen on the outside of the main screen so you can operate your laptop with the lid closed, say like media player or something. OR introduce slide out OLED panels and have them act as extra monitors though smaller. The tiny 4x3 displays on the keyboard pretty much make it look like a space for more buttons rather than being actual screens. If wanna multi touch so bad why not introduce it into the trackpad? or better yet make a giant OLED trackpad that is around the size of Apple's and have that serve as the multi touch?
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    kingssman , September 22, 2009 10:33 PM
    hmmmm im gonna be the first to say that they should put the screen on the outside of the main screen so you can operate your laptop with the lid closed, say like media player or something. OR introduce slide out OLED panels and have them act as extra monitors though smaller. The tiny 4x3 displays on the keyboard pretty much make it look like a space for more buttons rather than being actual screens. If wanna multi touch so bad why not introduce it into the trackpad? or better yet make a giant OLED trackpad that is around the size of Apple's and have that serve as the multi touch?
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    nukemaster , September 22, 2009 10:37 PM
    Kingssmanhmmmm im gonna be the first to say that they should put the screen on the outside of the main screen so you can operate your laptop with the lid closed, say like media player or something.

    +1
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    doomtomb , September 22, 2009 10:40 PM
    I like.
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    Dyseman , September 22, 2009 10:48 PM
    Intel shows it off, but it almost has to be driven by ATI or nVidia for any performance other than icons and internet.
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    Major7up , September 22, 2009 10:58 PM
    I would rather have one larger extra screen than the smaller ones shown, it seems disjointed and wasted space. Even one step further I would rather have a dual screen laptop then you wouldn't need any of those smaller three to begin with. I could see maybe one of those to show new email messages or similar info but not three.
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2009 11:02 PM
    Dyseman: It's just like the desktop PCs that elite corporate stock traders use, they have 3 to 8 monitors on their workstation, but they're being driven by crappy PCI (not PCIe) graphics cards, and have noticeable flicker and lag.
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    maigo , September 22, 2009 11:12 PM
    Would be fine for IMing if the viewing angle is good
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    Montezuma , September 22, 2009 11:16 PM
    Kingssmanhmmmm im gonna be the first to say that they should put the screen on the outside of the main screen so you can operate your laptop with the lid closed, say like media player or something. OR introduce slide out OLED panels and have them act as extra monitors though smaller. The tiny 4x3 displays on the keyboard pretty much make it look like a space for more buttons rather than being actual screens. If wanna multi touch so bad why not introduce it into the trackpad? or better yet make a giant OLED trackpad that is around the size of Apple's and have that serve as the multi touch?


    I remember, when Vista was first introduced by Microsoft, that they had a guy on a slide holding a closed laptop with a small LCD screen on the outside of the laptop lid. I always wondered where that idea went.
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    XD_dued , September 22, 2009 11:38 PM
    Looks like useless expenses to me! I know i wouldn't miss it, but that's just me. How bout some dx11 cards? XD (yes, they can play crysis...)
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    wildwell , September 23, 2009 12:06 AM
    It looks more like a movie prop than a functional tool. I agree that a screen on the outside would be more useful than 4 screens on the inside.
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    falchard , September 23, 2009 12:49 AM
    Somehow I doubt the laptop uses an integrated graphics part.
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    Master Exon , September 23, 2009 1:05 AM
    The screen should be removable so it can act like a remote, mp3/mp4 player, etc.
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    belardo , September 23, 2009 1:09 AM
    Seems a bit stupid...

    The smaller screens are for multi-tasking? Okay, there are tasks buttons on the task bar, etc. A larger single screen would make more sense. Imagine the extra power the screens will require... that do nothing that couldn't be done with a keyboard or mouse.

    Now... if it allows the geek to watch 4 different porn videos at the same time (full screen) - then perhaps. Since MS's crappy media player can only run once.

    Real users will use Media player Classic. Which you can run 2, 4 + videos at the same time.
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    anamaniac , September 23, 2009 7:25 AM
    maigoWould be fine for IMing if the viewing angle is good

    That is the only use for them I can see.
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    DjEaZy , September 23, 2009 9:52 AM
    ... WTF!?
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    bydesign , September 23, 2009 12:44 PM
    The idea went no where becuase nobody wanted the feature, display on the outside of the laptop, neat but seems pointless to me.
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    liemfukliang , September 23, 2009 1:29 PM
    Hm.... remember Intel Centrino Santa Rosa. It has 2 display like some clamshell handphone. The consept is nice although I rather confuse how to make the secondary screen to complay with road warrior or durrable thing or military standard. Finally it is almost third generation pass (santa rosa refresh, centrino 2, new centrino) so where is the secondary screen?!?!?
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    herojig , September 23, 2009 2:24 PM
    Yea! if one screen ran iPhone apps, I could play Maddon 10 on one, instead of having my iPhone on a stand next to my setup today. In fact, just integrate the entire iPhone into the laptop, and I would be happy!
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    herojig , September 23, 2009 2:25 PM
    Yea! if one screen ran iPhone apps, I could play Maddon 10 on one, instead of having my iPhone on a stand next to my setup today. In fact, just integrate the entire iPhone into the laptop, and I would be happy!
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    ssalim , September 23, 2009 3:28 PM
    Where's the Crysis remark?
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