I turned on the Today show this morning, and Jim Louderback was doing a little bit where he compared devices of a few years ago to those we have today. He looked at early PCs, laptops, and so on.
Since I’ve seen Jim speak before (going back to the 90’s — yikes!), I was a little disappointed in the content. He seemed to really be trying to tone it down for the crowd this morning, which may have gone over a little better with some of the crowd.
The best part of the interview, though, was him trying to demonstrate a Lenovo convertible laptop / tablet PC. He started with the laptop opened up normally, then showed how it converted into a tablet, and then demonstrated the touch capabilities. He was standing above and behind the tablet, though, so he really wasn’t too nimble with the handwriting. The best he could manage was to scribble on the tablet from behind, explaining that you can draw “circles and stuff.”
Not really a big leap forward for public awareness of tablet PCs.
I’d have thought he’d have been further off to grab a remote desktop view of the tablet on another PC and pipe that view directly into the video feed so the show could cut to that view while he wrote. It would have been nice to see a real demonstration of the capabilities of the tablet, but we’ll have to wait until next time.