TabletPC: Simple To Program, But Programming Is Key
For the past few weeks, I have been working with an Acer TravelMate C100 TabletPC. I will be reviewing it more fully for SD Times in the coming weeks and I hope to put up videos of the TabletPC in action and being programmed, but am having some difficulty putting together the media. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I want to say that one's first experience with the TabletPC will lead to a full-fledged geek-out. After the initial rush, though, one realizes how radically different the pen is from a mouse and keyboard and how the formfactor screams for new user interfaces: you will not be using a pen as your only (or perhaps even primary) input device to the TabletPC until a whole new generation of software is written.
Finally, and to the point I'll be making with subsequent videos and source code, programming the Tablet PC in C# (or other .NET managed languages) is very easy from a technical perspective (knowing what user interface to build for the form factor is a much harder question).