Imagine a time when your computer is embedded right into your workstation.
The Media Computing Group in Germany came up with a working prototype that puts two and two together called the BendDesk.
No-one knows exactly when it will be available to the public (if it becomes available) but it looks quite far fetched at this moment.
I think the key factor they need to work on is the sheer size of the thing.
I’m sure you couldn’t just pick it up from the shelf run it through the cash register and pop it in the boot of your car.
What is BendDesk?
Graphic & Content Courtesy of The Media Computing Group
For most people from many different disciplines a desk is the main workspace.
A typical desk is composed of at least one or more vertical displays that show digital content and a larger horizontal area, containing input devices, such as mouse and keyboard, paper-based documents, and everyday objects.
These two areas are clearly separated which makes it hard to move documents from one surface to the other.
Furthermore, each area employs a different interaction technique.
For example, we use the mouse for drawing on vertical displays but physical pens to annotate paper-based documents.
BendDesk is our vision of a future workspace that allows continuous interaction between both areas.
BendDesk is a multi-touch desk environment that seamlessly combines a vertical and a horizontal surface with a curve into one large interactive workspace.
This workspace can be used to display any digital content like documents, photos, or videos.
Multi-touch technology allows the user to interact with the entire surface using direct manipulation and multi-touch gestures.
Users can comfortably sit at the desk and place everyday objects on it.Take a look at the video to give you a clear example of how it will function!
To Sum Up
I can personally see alot of designers and gamers using this innovation but in terms of the rest of the public, well I can’t really visualize your gran checking her facebook page on one of these.
But hey who knows who it will appeal to.
I would have a guess and say that this will retail at around $2000