Acer Aspire Ethos notebooks have removable touchpads

The more I use my notebook, the more enamored I become with the multitouch gestures built into its touchpad. There’s something natural about gliding one’s fingers across a smooth surface, and Acer has taken the interface one step farther with its latest Aspire Ethos notebooks. The systems come with a removable touchpad that can be freed from the chassis and used as a multimedia remote.

Although the official press release isn’t available on Acer’s website, Akihabara News has the scoop on the new Ethos line. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of details on the touchpad itself. As far as I can tell, the touchpad has a backlight to illuminate icons associated with its remote functionality. Acer also claims there’s a sensor to account for landscape and portrait orientations. Nothing in the press release explicitly says that the touchpad can be used as a pointing device when it’s detached from the system, though. As Wired points out, there’s also the matter of what to do when you inevitably lose the remote.

With 15.6" and 18.4" screen sizes, members of the Aspire Ethos family aren’t really my bag. But it does make sense to pair such large screens with a multimedia remote. Having that remote maintain its touchpad functionality while separated would be very slick indeed.

I’ve been using a mouse since before you needed one to navigate a GUI, so you can have my precision pointing device when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. However, a new generation brought up on notebooks, smartphones, and tablets may prefer navigating with multitouch surfaces—especially if applications dumb down their interfaces to cater to less precise input mechanisms.

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      • Duck
      • 8 years ago

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    • provoko
    • 8 years ago

    Wow, that’s really creative, very nice Acer.

    • Archer
    • 8 years ago

    Somewhere in Cupertino, Steve Jobs is chuckling.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      …or crying that Apple didn’t think of this and shelve the patent first.

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    This is a pretty good idea, and I can see it being really good for HDMI out laptops. A portable HTPC. The one thing I don’t like are those orientation sensors. If you hold them a certain way they can’t make up their minds, and if you aren’t looking at the device you can’t be sure where the button is.

    • Trident Troll
    • 8 years ago

    “…a new generation brought up on notebooks, smartphones, and tablets may prefer navigating with multitouch surfaces”

    Only because they don’t know any better.
    Once I perfect my multi-spin trackball device, I will completely take over the portables interface market.

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