The video concept above is of a new touch screen base iMac, and one featuring the iPhone's beloved Siri. The video itself is from the creative mind of 3D animation student, Joakin Ulseth, who calls his creation the "iMac Touch".
Large vertical touch screens, for the most part, as far as I'm concerned anyway, are not really all that practical, but this one happens to be based on actual Apple patents for a folding iMac that would allow you to use it either vertically or horizontally. This is a good thing too, because as I've personally found out, by using a HP TouchSmart, that using any large vertical touch screen for any extended period of time can not only be a painful experience, but, who knows, even a potentially debilitating one as well.
As Redmond Pie pointed out, "Ulseth has packed the power into his imaginary device and believes that the Apple iMac Touch concept with the Flex Base running Mountain Lion and iOS 5 will give users "power at their fingertips".
Ulseth also gives his conceptual iMac some other powerful additional specs, such as Intel’s new i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors, dual-OS, touch-capable abilities, and not only a 27-inch touch-capable screen, but one with an impressive 4096×2304 HD resolution Retina Display, featuring a pixel density of some 174 pixels-per-inch.
In conclusion, I'm really not sure if Ulseth's nifty concept is actually doable, but it's certainly desirable. Even though I agree with Steve Jobs that large touch screens, for the most part, don't seem all that "natural", there are still some advantages to using large touch-screens and especially ones that can be used horizontally as well as vertically, so I'm hoping that Joakin's cool, nifty but otherwise imaginary machine, in one form or another, becomes reality and real soon.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this cloudy, dreary Wednesday, May 02, 2012