Tablet computing isn’t a new concept by any means. It is a concept that has been around for several decades. The biggest issues have not been that the ideas didn’t exist, simply that the technology for a great implementation has not been able to make them happen.
Limitations in Tablet Computing Concepts
Transistor packages were too big and even the smallest components that would have made for a tablet that we today would consider nearly unusable consumed far too much power to make the device portable. Additionally the battery technology was severely lacking, yes, there were batteries but they were very large and bulky and had very poor performance compared to the high quality versions we have today powering most portable devices. The next issues was display technology, 20 years ago LCD displays were in their infancy. The screens were poor resolution, also consumed a lot of power and had very poor viewing angles. Beyond the physical technology issues, were the concepts of user interface design. Could it have a touch screen? Would it need a keyboard at the bottom?
Evolution of Tablet Computing
Fortunately for us today, these issues have largely been resolved. Hundreds of developments over the past several decades have made them possible. Right now on just about any major electronics retailers shelf you can find several very thin, lightweight tablets with long battery life and the ability to connect to multiple wireless networks. It is becoming increasingly easy for people to make use of tablet computing technology, and this is a good thing because this type of computing affords us many different benefits and advantages. As these issues are being resolved, it is becoming increasingly common for computers to feature tablet screens and other tablet capabilities. Examples are tablet notebooks and laptops, e-readers and products like the Apple iPad.