Asus is showing off a computer at CeBIT this week that has two screens and no hardware keyboard. Odds are one of the screens will have an on-screen software keyboard, and may or may not produce tactile feedback to give you the sense that you’re actually typing on keys.
The OLPC XO-2 netbook is supposed to have a similar dual screen layout when it’s eventually released. But it’s nice to see a company like Asus working on a commercial version. The prototype appears to be a full sized notebook, not a netbook. But eventually we could start to see this technology in more and more machines.
Personally, I have a hard time imagining inputting large amounts of text on a software keyboard. But I’ll reserve judgment until I get a chance to try one for myself.
Update: Asus just sent along some additional info and a few more images.