It's something that users really want in the near future, a dual screen laptop. For some it's the holy grail, for others it's just another gadget. Having a secondary touchscreen on a laptop may be the way of the future, kind of like what the Nintendo DS did for handheld gaming. Just like many fantasize about Art Lebedev's Optimus OLED keyboard, others think that this is what the future of laptops should hold.
This idea came out of a site named WePC that is run by Asus and Intel. The site let users put their ideas forth to product engineers. Thanks to this, this concept was started. Instead of having a keyboard, this concept has another screen and opts for a virtual keyboard. This kind of thing is at the forefront of laptop design currently. It's true that multi-touch is all the rage and it's what users want. Currently, to get these features, you have to either get a MacBook or an HP Touchsmart. Asus has yet to change their input devices in order to catch up to this. This probably means that they will release multi-touch functionality later this year.
Asus says that users want to be able to use hand gestures, handwriting and multi-touch on their laptops. That's true. I've always toyed with using a touch-enabled screen, but it's never panned out. Apple is definitely making a push into this thanks to their new touchpads, which are pretty nifty to use. That means that since they are the only company really offering this, others will follow. [via DVice]