The Dell "Froot" Concept PC Does Away With Keyboards & Monitors

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Lhot

 ...is the absolute stupidest way to interact with any device that counts time in micro seconds.  As Scotty said in Star Trek 4....."Oh a keyboard, how quaint."

 

The "CLOUD" is the biggest mistake this country has made...EVER !

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Trooper_One

While I doubt there's going to be any immediate market acceptance with the Froot, I can see lots of future applications with this sort of thing in specific settings (e.g. on flight, marketing shows, etc...)

 Let's wait and see where this goes and hopefully it doesn't die off because of a lack of general consumer interest.

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dullthud

I can't see this being more than a concept. The laser keyboard has been around for a while, and is not exactly flying off the shelves:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/keyboards-mice/8193/

And as for the projector/monitor you have to be facing a smooth, white wall at the correct distance, with the correct lighting to use it. Talk about jumping through hoops. You could put together a similar device with the above mentioned "keyboard", a small pico projector and a nettop pc, if you wanted to. 

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fullur

The whole time I was reading the comments just now I was thinking, "hasn't the projected keyboard been around for a while now?" Thanks for the link.

You're right about the concept. You could easily build something comparable today. And I think they picked a perfect name for this thing. It definitely has a "frooty" look to it.

 

Still, it is somewhat refreshing to see that they can think in more than just rectangles.

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Quakindude

I wonder if it has a single, hard wired button for entering the BIOS. Cause you sure as hell won't have that keyboard recognized by the BIOS in time to hit the Del key....

I'll be a curmudgeonly old man about this concept. I will use a KB until they come out with something that really works on the neural level. 

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COMMANDER_COOK

This is what the Eee Keyboard should have been like. 

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Vegan

The carpel tunnel you'll get from having to hover your fingers constantly over a surface rather than resting them is going to be awesome!

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thefuzz4

While I do think that this is a cool concept I really do wonder just how hard it is to type on that.  When my hands hit a phyiscal keyboard they are still trained to locate the little bumps on the j and f keys letting me know that I am on the home row.  I really do wonder how hard it would be to type on a keyboard not knowing where the home row is just by touch.

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Xenon752

Yeah, exactly why I think it will never work...

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Xenon752

Yeah, exactly why I think it will never work...

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jrocknyc

i suspect professional typists (writers, data entry, etc) will always use keyboards. But 90% of the world will be fine hunting and pecking for short emails on this thing. (Or will we have speech entry by then?)

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rodjav305

While it is painful to look at, I like this new concept.

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Biceps

Yeah, this is a cool concept. I can think of lots of awesome places to use it.  But did they have to make it look like a failed Kindergarten art project?

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jrocknyc

in a decade, devices the size of an ipod nano will do this, and cost $99.

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vistageek

With the dollar falling like it is, i wouldn't be surprised if that would cost $900 by then, but your point is so true. Computers become cooler by the day.

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