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CES 2012: Lenovo Brings Apple's Touchscreen iMac Concept to Life

Back in 2010, an Apple patent publication was published revealing the company's concept for an iMac supporting both mouse-driven and touch-based input with a hinged display arm allowing the screen to transition from an upright position to a horizontal surface.


While Apple has yet to release such a product and may have scrapped the idea entirely, Lenovo's new IdeaCentre A720 being shown off at CES this week (via Engadget) offers a similar flexibility in its ability to transition between a traditional all-in-one desktop configuration and a flat, table-top touch surface.
Similar to the HP TouchSmart 610, which debuted around this time last year, it has a display that can be tilted between 5 and 90 degrees, the idea being that that 10-point multitouch panel will be easier to use if it's lying at a near-flat angle. Spec-wise, it'll be offered with various Intel Core i processors, discrete NVIDIA graphics and up to either a 1TB HDD or a 64GB solid-state drive. Expect it to hit sometime in the first half of this year, starting at $1,299.
The Verge also posts a hands-on video showing the IdeaCentre A720 in use in both upright and horizontal positions.


The hands-on demonstration shows a rather sluggish response to touch input, but offers a good glimpse of the flexibility afforded by the multiple orientations.

Apple's patent application included descriptions of sensors that would automatically detect the orientation of the display and adjust the operating system being used accordingly, with the idea being that the computer would utilize a Mac OS X interface in its upright orientation and then transition to an iOS-like touch overlay interface when moved to the horizontal display. While Lenovo's concept does not utilize this automatic sensing, it does offer Lenovo's dedicated IdeaTouch layer on top of Windows 7, which itself allows for touch input.

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33 months ago
I can't recall ever using a touch interface other than Apple's that wasn't either sluggish or clumsy
Rating: 24 Votes
33 months ago
thanks to angry birds, technology evolves.
Rating: 19 Votes
33 months ago
even Leneovo's desktop wallpaper is a copy of apple's space wallpapers! c'mon guys, can't you take *some* original initiative!?
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago
Looks great. Doesn't work.
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago

even Leneovo's desktop wallpaper is a copy of apple's space wallpapers! c'mon guys, can't you take *some* original initiative!?


I honestly can't tell if you've laid down an excellent troll, or if you're honestly obtuse enough to advocate calling out companies for not being innovative enough for essentially doing something Apple thought about but never did.
Rating: 11 Votes
33 months ago

even Leneovo's desktop wallpaper is a copy of apple's space wallpapers! c'mon guys, can't you take *some* original initiative!?


Great now Apple has space patented.
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago

Great now Apple has space patented.


I am not saying i feel one way or another about it, but come on man. There is NO way you can tell me with a straight face that the desktop image on that lenovo was not inspired by apples desk top.

edited:
By the negative votes it looks like I stand corrected. LOL! Not sure how on earth a negative vote was necessary but I am new here so I will just roll with it and smile.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago
very nice... They getting ready for windows 8
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago

It's really tragic that no tech company, aside from Apple, can have an original idea.

I mean really....thank God we have Apple! Not only for the cool "toys" they make, but also for the great ideas they have that other companies copy.

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even Leneovo's desktop wallpaper is a copy of apple's space wallpapers! c'mon guys, can't you take *some* original initiative!?



I can't recall ever using a touch interface other than Apple's that wasn't either sluggish or clumsy


Looks like another Patent lawsuit waiting to happen.


Where does this self righteous attitude come from? Why is it that so much or almost the entire Apple cult is so obsessed with having bragging rights, deserved or undeserved? I used to enjoy reading about anything apple, but ever since the ipod went mainstream the apple community has gone from normal to religiously obsessed with blinders.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago
2012.

STILL can't get touch/scrolling to be responsive as an iPhone 2G.

Pathetic.

edit: OHH... are those really led lights for CPU, HDD etc activity on the monitor?? crying...
Rating: 8 Votes

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