HEWLETT PACKARD will have touchscreen notebooks on the market in 18 months according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The Californian company best known for producing overpriced printer ink is following the lead of Apple's soon-to-be ubiquitous Iphone by using multi finger gestures and taps to simplify the user interface of its notebook computers.
"We're focused on recognizing the potential of touch now," said Phil McKinney, the chief technology officer for the company's laptop-making Personal Systems Group. "We see touch as the almost preferred method for nontechnical users."
The rise in popularity of touch-screen interfaces is hitting every sector of the technology industry with pretty much every major player trying to second-guess Apple on what they will do next.
Industry rumours abound about the next generation of Apple Ibookmacbookairbooks featuring fingerable screens, and some are even predicting a full-on tablet device but, as usual, the Cupertino Cabal likes to keep its goodies to itself. µ
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