Ken Hinckley from Microsoft Research is working on a prototype project known as The Codex, where it will merge two OQO Model 02’s that will take advantage of a multiple tablet PC configuration. The Codex is definitely mind blowing – but hopefully battery technology will be able to keep up with the two crisp displays, as we all know that lovely screens tend to drain power faster than beleaguered banks eat up our tax dollars in a financial bailout.
Above is one example where I’m working on a blog post that I’ve had planned for a while. On the left I have a whole bunch of cool photos that I found tagged with moleskine on Flickr. I was browsing through these as inspiration for our InkSeine digital note-taking software. On the right I’m organizing bits and pieces from these photos along various themes. So I just take a snapshot from the collection on the left screen and it appears in my notes on the right screen, where I can arrange it and mark it up as I see fit. I can scroll back and forth on the left screen to find a photo that meets my current needs, while the page that I am authoring on the right screen always remains visible. The two screens are invaluable because I always have the reference material in the context of what I am working on, instead of feverishly flipping between them on a single screen.
I’m sold on The Codex’s idea – how about you?