What do all these things have in common? touch screens. Touch screen are neat, they enable you to talk to the computer with your fingers which for a lot of task we do with the mouse is a natural.
I actually started on this trend with the UX. I was looking for a small computer on which I could read scientific papers and this little beauty came along. It is a gorgeous little thing. Completely un-usable (screen too small, 2 hr battery life?) but the concept is great.
I participated in the NYSE ringing the bell of RedHat. It was something to see, I mean the floor itself. The pods are all equiped with touchscreen. They have no space for mice :)
My idea is to use touch-screens for DJ'ing, another passion of mine. I will blog about that in more length. The other, more intellectual thing, is to use it to read papers. In that case the feature that is needed is the tablet so I can look at papers like it was meant too.
So I got me myself the latest touch tablet from Lenovo, the x60. All in all I am truly very pleased with the X60 from lenovo. While the design is no SONY, at least it is no DELL either :) It is solid, a nice design, and more importantly the SCREEN WORKS WITH THE FINGER. See I don't want any of these tablets that come with pens and such. I lose the pens. I can't lose my fingers however (in theory). It works well with the fingers. Since I am a techno-fetichiste, I have taken to growing 4 of my finger nails. I first started clipping "clip on nails" on my thumb but that didn't work too well and it is one more thing to lose. Now I just let them grown and file them in such a way that they are sharp and give me great precision on both the UX and X60. IT IS NICE, feels very intuitive I just TOUCH the stuff i want. It works from a UI standpoint.
The future is tactile!