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This concept explores how the iPad tablet can become a functional device for meaningful tasks. The though that the tablet will be an enlarged version of an iPod Touch complete with the same array of kitschy, frivolous apps is troubling. By overcoming a few simple but fundamental drawbacks of the touch screen model, namely the imprecision of the fingertip and the obscuring of the virtual button by the finger, the iPad tablet can grow beyond the limits of its parent devices.

In addition to the obligatory faceplate touch screen, a multi-touch pad is added to the back of the tablet. This pad is a one-to-one representation of the faceplate screen. When the user places his or her fingers on the rear multi-touch pad, a bulls-eye representation of the fingertips appear on the faceplate screen. In this way, multi-touch functionality can be utilized not only with greater precision, but also without the virtual key being covered by the finger.

Andrew Liebchen
Providence, RI
United States

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