Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another reason to skip the Kindle?

The Microsoft Courier looks pretty boss:


I love the fact that it's a hinged two page "booklet". The interface is fascinating and looks powerful. Gizmodo says:
The Courier user experience presented here is almost the exact opposite of what everyone expects the Apple tablet to be, a kung fu eagle claw to Apple's tiger style. It's complex: Two screens, a mashup of a pen-dominated interface with several types of multitouch finger gestures, and multiple graphically complex themes, modes and applications. (Our favorite UI bit? The hinge doubles as a "pocket" to hold items you want move from one page to another.) Microsoft's tablet heritage is digital ink-oriented, and this interface, while unlike anything we've seen before, clearly draws from that, its work with the Surface touch computer and even the Zune HD.
Supposedly it's in the "late prototype" stage, but the fact that the video is all animation seems to suggest its still a bit away... but I'm going to keep my eye on this.