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FCC shows new Eee PC to have multi-touch

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Wed March 26, 2008

Eee PC Multi-touch at FCC

ASUS' upcoming Eee PC 900 will have multi-touch features in its trackpad when it arrives on US shores, according to a new FCC filing. A user guide posted as part of the US agency's testing process reveals a trackpad with controls similar to (but simpler than) those found on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Unlike most notebooks, the 900 will allow both for two-finger scrolling as well as a "pinch" gesture to zoom into photos and some documents.

Like Apple's offering, the full multi-touch control will at first only work in a customized OS as well as certain first-party programs. The feature will require ASUS' variant on Xandros Linux and will only support pinching in Adobe's Acrobat Reader, ASUS' Photomanager tool, and OpenOffice documents. As with the Mac, scrolling is universal.

Outside of the addition of Bluetooth, other features of the Eee PC shown in the FCC documents are already known, including the larger 8.9-inch screen and Wi-Fi. However, the computer was also confirmed today as having a touchscreen panel and so may be the first notebook anywhere to offer both advanced gestures on its trackpad as well as a touchscreen.

No clues are given as to an exact release date or any official pricing for the new micro-notebook, which is officially scheduled to ship sometime in April and use Intel's Atom processor. [via DailyTech]








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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    asus pinching...

    ...apple patents?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: pinching

    What? We're patenting hand gestures now?

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    pinching

    If there was a patent on pinching, then I think the Italians who have already gotten it, they have almost turned bottom-pinching into an art-form...

    now would that be the first patent that didn't get accepted because of posterior-art?

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2 finger scrolling

    2 finger scrolling: On Apple PowerBooks for over 2 or was it 3 years now, how nice that they are just copying the concept years later?

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo

    As much as I am not into patenting everything, this isn't patenting a hand gesture. It is "patenting" a GUI functionality. Apple didn't invent "touch" but it is implementing it and gets credit for bringing things like this to the wider market before almost anyone.

    Asus is free to R&D this technology as much as anyone else, so it is perfectly legal. However it is a shame that so many on the Windows side live in a cloud of such ignorance that they don't see real innovation when it happens and they don't appreciate those who did the real work before. Just a commentary on consumer myopia.

    As for Asus, I hope they get their patent on ugly, white, toilet-style microlaptop design!

    Actually I would love for Apple to have a touchscreen microlaptop of this size ... just don't want to feel like I would need to hang a 1000 Flushes sanitizer on the screen when in use.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: testudo

    However it is a shame that so many on the Windows side live in a cloud of such ignorance that they don't see real innovation when it happens and they don't appreciate those who did the real work before. Just a commentary on consumer myopia.

    And it is a shame on how much Apple gets 'credit' for has existed on the other side as well. Oooh, build in web-cam, just like those PC laptops did (although the PC ones rotate).

    Oh, and speaking of myopia, it took apple long enough to cure itself WRT multi-button mice, although it still isn't the default on any machine.

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