CeBIT 2007: Sharp Displaying the World’s Largest Tablet PC? (pics, video)

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At CeBIT 2007 in Germany Sharp had a large booth dedicated to showing off their business machines (think copiers) and Aquos flat panel LCD displays. But coolest of all was their larger than life touchscreen display that could pass as a gigantic, and very unportable, Tablet PC.

The two Sharp reps demoing this display had been there all day but were still quite obviously getting a huge kick out of using it. Google maps proved especially fun to play with as you can see in this video:

While the wow factor is pretty cool with this thing, once you get over that the question becomes, okay so what’s this good for if it’s not portable? Sharp believes that it’d be a killer presentation tool for business meetings. Instead of brainstoming and having people write their ideas on paper the team could write on the display and make it more collaborative and visual. Doctors could present images of X-rays and CAT scans to collaborate and circle stuff they see in the images.

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Strangely, Sharp didn’t even talk about using the Tablet PC OS with this display. They focused on using their SharpDesk software to capture an image of what’s on the display and then storing it to a file server or printing it out using a Sharp printer of course. Quite obviously they’re a bit narrow sighted with seeing how it would work with their own software and hardware solutions. Though a Tablet PC has of course been focused on a form factor you can take along with you as a personal PC (hence the term Personal Computer) there may be some situation where directly using tablet input technology on a very large display is beneficial. And a lot of fun.

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