Samsung has already let it be known that they will be fielding a tablet device which they hope to launch this fall, though there is further news of the Korean electronics giant coming up with an even more interesting stuff. For the latest tablet PC news, Samsung has applied for a patent in what has been described as a “Mobile terminal having dual touch screen and method of controlling content therein.”
With the launch of the iPad, there is a rush to create tablet devices that look like Apple’s, or are at least basically similar. Yet it seems Samsung is not afraid to travel the path less taken. And if what is being talked about is indeed translated to a mass produced tablet then it could well change the concept of tablet forever. What we will then have is the world’s first dual touchscreen tablet device with a second touch sensitive layer at the back of the tablet. This will be in addition to the conventional touchscreen that has so far been restricted to feature only on the front of the tablet. The second screen at the rear enables the user to go for additional touch control gestures and operation patterns.
The upcoming Adam from Notion Ink also packs something of this type, though it’s only restricted to a trackpad that has been accommodated at the rear and lets you control mouse gestures by scribbling with your fingers from behind. There may be even more tablet concepts with a rear trackpad. However, if what Samsung is trying to do is indeed translated to reality then it will surely open up a whole new paradigm.
What also has to be kept in mind is that not every patent gets to see that light of the day. Samsung is one of the bigger patentees in the tech world and files more patents every week than what Nokia, Motorola, RIM and Sony Ericsson do altogether.
In fact, it won’t be surprising if the dual screen tablet concept does not become a reality. And at the same time, it should be surprising either if the tablet concept can be seen sharing shelf space with other conventional tablets some time in the not so distant future. Whether the concept does becomes a reality is something that’s left best to Paul, the busiest fortune teller on the planet right now. World Cup may be over but that has left the marine creature with more work in its hand then perhaps ever before. And it has got eight of them.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email