We broke the news a few weeks ago that EXOPC has developed the EXODESK. This basically uses their EXO-UI found on their tablet offering earlier this year and is licensed by Skytex for their S-Series Tablet. Viewsonic will be showcasing the 32 inch model at CES in January.
Two models are being planned for the overlay to your traditional desk. One will be needed to connect to your existing PC and the other will be released with a computer build inside.
EXOPC will be using its HTML5 driven classic UI that will allow people to install dedicated apps via the EXO Store. Many applications will be shipped with the device including News Reader, Twitter, Calculator, Weather, Clock, Alarm, Media Player, Board Games, and more! It is all gesture based controls, and you can think of interacting with this as a giant touchscreen that is compliant with your existing PC as in input. It will initially be developed to only support Windows 7 and then Windows 8 when it is released.
The prototype is built with a standard table and is connected to a desktop computer as an external monitor. The Intel i7 CPU and the GMA acceleration card provides smooth animations in productivity mode (while using productivity applications on the main displays).
So how do the physics work on this blasted contraption? EXO UI physics start point is a round icon floating on the table. When the user click on the icon, other icons are made visible and accessible. EXO UI physics requires a screen size of 32 inches with full HD resolution (1920×1080), and 10 points of touch.The general behavior of the UI is compatible with the use of a traditional keyboard and mouse on the display area. Virtual keyboards and pointing devices are supported but many wish to continue to use their traditional input devices.