The concept behind the Canvas was to allow users with little or no computer experience to make the switch from the traditional work environment and tools to a digital environment. The computer will accomplish this by using a familiar interface, which includes a navigator – a 4 way controller used to scroll around images. Other integrated features include a side bar containing all the necessary toolbars so that the main workspace remains completely clear, and a touch-pad, which works in a similar way to a Wacom.
A more traditional computer interface is also included, and a touch sensitive keyboard is located under the screen and can easily slide back and tilt upwards. Currently, it is not clear whether the Canvas will ever make the transition from a conceptual idea to a real world consumer product.
TFOT recently covered a very similar concept computer, called DesCom, designed by Sung-kyu Nam. We also reported on the Dual Touch Screen Laptop, a briefcase-like laptop with dual 15″ XGA touch screens. Another interesting computer recently covered by TFOT is the Noahpad, a miniature laptop with a unique interface that allows users to unchain themselves from their desks.