The Microsoft Research Codex: Are Dual Screens the Future of Mobile Devices?
My interest in dual-screen devices goes back a lot further, though, and was really spurred on by the University of Maryland dual-screen e-book reader project. That effort is led by Francois Guimbretiere, who is a long time collaborator and friend. I had some ideas to build on what his team had done, but also to take things in a different direction.
First of all, I wasn't interested in an ebook reader. I wanted a device that was all about writing. Sure, reading and writing go hand in hand - you encounter cool ideas and search out reference material on the web-but what I wanted to build was a tool for thought. To me that means a tool with writing, sketching, and annotating as the core of the experience.
I'd been thinking for a long time about picking up an OQO Model 02 computer. My team has an extensive code base for pen-and-tablet functionality resulting from InkSeine, and the OQO runs it out of the box. It's got an active digitizer for high fidelity pen input, and it's the smallest slate Tablet PC that money can buy. That's a pretty good start on a small form-factor tool for thought. (Source: Ken Hinckley, Microsoft Research via GottaBeMobile)
Chris De Herrera