So you can’t stand the idea of someone touching your notebook’s screen? Lenovo’s Worldwide Competitive Analyst Matt Kohut knows where you’re coming from. All the same he’s flying the flag for a new wave of touch-friendly ThinkPads which will be launched alongside Windows 7 later this year.
â€œI hate fingerprints on my screen and I’ll slap someone’s hand if they touch my screenâ€ says the energetic Kohut who met with APCmag during a whistle-stop tour of the region. â€œBut I see a lot of people who’re already pointing on their screens and they’ve got dirty grimed up screens.â€
â€œNow speaking for myself I’m going to have a hard time with it for that very reason. I’m going to be one of those people (cleaning the screen) with a microfibre cloth every two minutes. But the vast majority of people seem to have no problem with that even if I do.â€
Kohut told APCmag that Lenovo â€œis going to have a whole variety of multi-touch enabled systemsâ€ built for Windows 7. But the company is putting in some extra work to improve accuracy and customisation of the touch experience.
â€œWe’ll be adding our own functionality on top of Windows 7 such as making your own gestures. There are going to be several canned gestures built into Windows 7 but why can’t you go the extra step? If I want to do some specific gesture that launches my email program why not allow me to program that in?â€
â€œAnd depending on how you implement (touch) it can be a little dodgy sometimes. You think you’ve pressed this button but the software thought you pressed the button two spaces adjacent to it. So there’s a lot of focus from our development standpoint on how we make touch easier for the user so that what they intend to do actually happens.â€
To support Apple-style multi-touch gestures on the trackpad Kohut says that the trackpads on some Lenovo notebooks will also start to grow in size.
â€œOne of our Y-series Lenovo consumer PCs actually has the biggest touchpad on the market but that notebook also has a 16 inch display. Because the form factor is bigger we’ve got the room to do that.
â€œBut when you’ve got an ultra-portable system there’s only a finite amount of space and then you have to start giving and taking. It becomes a lot more difficult to make the touchpad bigger without making the physical size of the notebook’s form factor bigger.â€