Dirk Knemeyer

Multiscreen computing

Multiscreen computing, May 3, 2011

A short comment contextualizing the prediction could go right here

Last week lost in the midst of their PR meltdown relating to hacked user data on the Playstation network, Sony introduced two Android-based tablets codenamed S1 and S2. These entries offer innovative form factors, with the S1 having a wedge-shaped profile that Sony boasts offers superior ergonomics, whereas the S2 is hinged and has two smaller screens on each side of the hinge. Bravo for Sony for attempting to innovate instead of follow, and particular kudos for going multiscreen. I’ve been saying this for almost a decade, but let me say it again for those of you new to the caverns of my mind: multiscreen is the future of computing. The notion of having one screen with multiple “windows” as the heart of computing is crazy. Multiple screens offer incredible flexibility and creative information display possible, that is impossible in the monoscreen world with the one screen. Back in the 1960s a popular form of business presentation communication was setting up multiple projectors in a synchronous form to deliver a highly nuanced and immersive visual presentation. it is that sort of approach to presentation that will characterize the great user interfaces of the future, and Sony is going to try to actively manifest exactly that. Good on them.