Do you know that thing people insist in calling privacy?
Back in the past, privacy was also about oneself. You had the ability to seclude yourself, and reveal your activities on your will basis. Bygone time…
We are growing sharing people. And the necessity to share our activities (facebook, tweeter, wp…) is not that new, but day after day it gets easier and easier. Imagine now that you are sitting with your laptop at a library of café, people in front of you just turn their eyes towards you and l-e-t-t-e-r by
tetletter what you are typing, reading, browsing, because the back of your laptop displays a screen identical to the one you see while using your computer.
That is Asus proposal while releasing Thaichi. A double screened computer. It was designed to turn a tablet into a computer or vice-versa in a simple way — by opening it (or to transform a computer in tablet?).
I think this is the great stiod when you thing of education – teacher can go around and check what students are doing by checking their second screen without going behind or side by side with students (digression – remember how flattered I got when a programing teacher came behind me while I was in secondary school. I was so in love with him, and his arm would often rubbered my shoulders or something when he would point something out in my screen – OMG! I used to whisper to myself).
Very helpful also for group work co-workers or advisers and advisees can sit in front of each other and discuss things, as well as see them equally comfort just while see each other face to face while discussing.
“Not that there’s anything wrong sitting next to each other, but this looks much better”
Jonney Shih – Asus (from BBC.co.uk)
Oh, and the grumpy opening to this post? aren’t you against this losing of privacy?
I do believe the opening of the second screen is optional – or am I stupid (regardless the title of the blog)? The losing of privacy makes me concerned not about Asus gadget, but about people will use it. Just as I love dock stations and hatehatehate when people use them to play out loud they annoying or nice music in the bus or the train while I’d rather solve my dearest crosswords. 🙂