Ergonomic Tablet PC Holder

These guys have patented a gadget for stabilizing your Tablet PC in an ergonomically correct way. Not in production, and it doesn’t look like it holds the Tablet PC in a natural position (it looks like it requires your elbow to be thrust out too far), but I was thinking that there needs to be a solution for writing in hand beyond “grip the far side with your fingers and rest the inner side on your forearm.”

Faster Blogger! Kill! Kill!

That’s it: I’ve just unsubscribed from Scoble’s link blog (headlines from 1400 feeds). Whatever the solution is to post-linking while maintaining credit / click-through, titles are insufficient. Scoble generally posts in batches of several dozen things he finds interesting. I’ve said before that I’m skeptical of linking without commenting, but even if I might accept the value of a “human aggregator,” without editorial comment, there needs to be some hint beyond the title.

Digitizer Wishes

I had a fascinating lunch with Steve Caldwell (CEO) and Rodney Standage (Major Account Sales) of FinePoint Innovations yesterday….They wanted to know what I thought was important in a Tablet digitizer….They were curious as to what ways people would use tilt information. To them it’s not hard supporting tilt, but it’s a matter what it costs….If anyone has some thoughts on what they’d like to see in a Tablet digitizer, post your thoughts here or better yet on your blog. The FinePoint team is reading them. via [Incremental Blogger]

I would like fast, semi-automatic parallax correction / calibration. Accuracy is all well-and-good, but when held in the hand or rested on a lap, parallax can easily exceed 16 pixels — bigger than many controls! However, there are only 6 or so likely eye:digitizer geometries:

  • docking station / desktop
  • held in non-writing arm
  • bottom resting on desktop, propped up with non-resting arm
  • bottom resting on lap, propped up with non-resting arm
  • resting flat on desktop
  • resting flat on lap
I should be able to store my parallax corrections / calibration for each of these geometries once and then switch between them either automatically (if tilt sensors / accelerometers are available) or with a pen gesture.
In some situations I want to be able to use my finger for selection, navigation, and occasional text input, and I would be willing to wear a cap on my finger to do so (just as I’m willing to wear a phone headset in certain situations).