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Sep232009

“Courier” Microsoft’s Secret Tablet

Gizmodo posted details of a Microsoft project called “Courier,” described as an “astonishing” late-stage prototype – a dual 7-inch booklet screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre. Two screens, a mashup of a pen-dominated interface with several types of multitouch finger gestures, and multiple graphically complex themes, modes and applications.

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