Want a netbook that’s small and light enough to throw in your back but which has a full sized keyboard that’s actually comfortable to type on — and might even have room for a numeric keypard? Designer Yang Yongchang thinks he knows how to do it: Just build a folding keyboard into your netbook.

Yanko Design has a gallery of Yongchang’s netbook concept, which packs a ThinkPad-like pointing stick into the middle of the keyboard in lieu of a touchpad. The idea is that you could have the benefits of a small netbook with a full sized (albeit kind of funny looking) keyboard.this particular concept is for a device with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display, which is almost pocketable.

And while it might be nice to also have an expandable display, like some people have suggested, a folding keyboard is probably much cheaper to implement. After all, companies have been pumping out folding keyboards for use with PDAs and smartphones for years. How hard could it be to build one into a laptop?

via Wired



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7 replies on “Yet another concept netbook with a folding keyboard”

  1. I think a better solution is a decent slate computer coupled with a folding keyboard.

  2. With foldable screens being developed, a fold out screen might be possible. I think fold out speakers on either side of the screen would be cool. I think the fold out keyboard is a great idea. If one could have all of the above, one could call an ‘origami’ pc since it folds up? 🙂

  3. Cool, but it should have a sound effect when you open the case and start unfolding the keyboard. Maybe, a Transformers “transformation” sound effect.

  4. Well, that’s one way to get the people who constantly whine about bezels to finally shut the fuck up.

  5. haha this is backwards, i dont need a big keyboard and a small screen, i want a big screen small keyboard

  6. Wow. Wish my Eee 701 had that keyboard! Of course, if it did I wouldn’t have traded up to my Samsung NC10. This type of thing might not be for everyone, but I could use it.

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