EXO PC has become known for their intriguing touch-oriented user interface, designed to be run on top of Windows 7 tablets. The company has one such product to its name, the EXO PC Slate, while Motion Computing also picked up on the circle-based UI for its Motion Computing CL900 tablet. While this interface has showng some limited success, the company is already looking on to bigger and better things, like this 40-inch multitouch desk, tentatively geared for a 2012 release.
The first clip shows off the basic idea of the EXOdesk, with a number of completely mock-up user interfaces:*
The second clip has actual touch capabilities. EXO PC noted that users found the concept interesting, but that interest dwindled rapidly when the idea was shown off without touchscreen functionality. The kind of touch functionality it possesses has yet to be revealed – it could be capacitive (unlikely at that size), surface accoustic wave, optical (like the HP TouchSmarts) or something else entirely:*
EXO PC is reportedly forging ahead with the idea, with plans for the devices to be available for purchase sometime in the first half of next year. The current pricing being tossed around is $1299, but it’s still so early in the development process that the Canadian company could change their minds.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of the concept at the upcoming CES show, which is just a couple of months away. How would you use a multitouch desk? Personally, we’d love to see some Photoshop toolbars on there.
* Original clips removed at the request of ExoPC. Here’s a brief YouTube video showcasing some of the desk’s capabilities: