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"Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades"

One of the large displays is pretty much where you'd expect it to be. The other three are spread out above it and tow the sides, and two of the small screens are placed atop the side displays. Honestly I'm not sure why you'd really want/need those displays, but I guess it gives the laptop a slightly more uniform height when fully opened.

The final 7 inch display is embedded in the palm rest and it supports multi-touch input, giving you an interactive display panel beneath the laptop's motherboard. [...]

It's telling that Expanscape hasn't shared any images of the laptop when it's folded up. I have no idea if it's even possible to collapse these screens gracefully.

After all that, they don't bother to put a spring-loaded two-part keyboard on it? Pfffffffff....

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9 Responses:

  1. o.o says:

    It looks like you'd literally have to put lead weights in the front edge to keep the whole thing from toppling over in a slight breeze.

    • J. Peterson says:

      Maybe they've gone back to lead-acid batteries!

      • Zygo says:

        Lead-acid batteries are just counterweights that have energy storage capabilities. For the same mass it might be more efficient to use ordinary lithium cells for power and depleted uranium slugs for counterweight. That tradeoff might have to be revisited if this laptop is going to be used by humans instead of as a viral photo prop, but it should be fine around humans too as long as you never drop it.

  2. Andrew says:

    If they gave me one of these at work, I might start taking my laptop to meetings.

  3. Kyzer says:

    Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades

    But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened—the bastards went to four blades. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling three blades and a strip. Moisture or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fuck it. We're going to five blades.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The final 7 inch display is embedded in the palm rest and it supports multi-touch input

    I've been saying for years that manufacturers should replace the touchpad with a touchscreen display that even the cheapest phone manufacturers somehow manage to source. Better still would be to attack the "convergence" problem with a phone/laptop combo that lets you click something like the iPhone 4 form factor into the touchpad bay.

    Instead we get goofy failures like the Atrix behind-the-screen lapdock and the Apple Touchbar.

    • Pavel says:

      Why would I want a shitty phone screen welded to the bottom of my laptop? How is this better than the touchbar?

      There's zero chance that manufacturers would avoid having contextual areas for me to put my fingers on, so while trying to move my mouse, I'm almost guaranteed to accidentally click "close window" or "send tweet" or "activate siri" or something.

      • Anonymous says:

        After a little time thinking about whether to keep up this conversation, my decision: hard pass.

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