The screens have a 23-inch diagonal high-definition display that reclines 60 degrees and tilts forward up to five degrees. It is a wide angle display with a light-emitting-diode (LED) backlit liquid-crystal display screen. It comes with touch-optimized applications including Hulu, Twitter, Rhapsody, and Twitter. And it has HP’s own RecipeBox and webcam apps. The TouchSmart 610 model includes its high-quality audio Beats Audio system and it also has a free copy of Ubisoft’s real-time strategy game, R.U.S.E.
I’ve covered designing a touchscreen desktop before: Touch Will Change Everything
People better remember to raise the screen after use to thwart the Cat Problem:
I’m not sure that HP has the ultimate design here. The hinge looks inelegant, not like something Jon Ive would do. And Steven Troughton-Smith says the PC itself is too fat (he claims his HDTV is iPad-thin; I’ll have to take his word on that, I don’t go looking at TVs any more).
HP claims a lot of research went into this (see the below video). And I take their word for it because it looks like the result of research, not of imagination and design.
It certainly doesn’t make any sort of Cool Design Statement like an iMac does. It sits there, looking utilitarian, as if it came from an old East German factory trying to get up to speed on this new Western imperialist idea called Design.
The other thing evident in the next video is the multitouch is not as precise as what Apple offers. This is because HP uses infrared for touch (like the Sony Reader), not a touch layer over the screen.
Although this machine isn’t The Answer, it’s at least the first answer and I credit HP for that. Someone had to do this and I really thought it might be Apple or even Asus who would.
HP will be hampered as it always has been: Trying to add touch to that touch-resistant abomination, Microsoft Windows. Skins and customized apps only go so far. Users will hit the wall that will make them want to beat the screen with a shoe for taking away the touch-friendliness.
If you didn’t pay close attention to the video, you might have missed a very important fact. HP sewed-up exclusive multitouch rights to that game. HP is playing for keeps this time.
The webOS event this Wednesday is going to be much more interesting than I expect!