HP’s tilting touchscreen like Apple patent

Tim Grey
10 February, 2011
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While Hewlett-Packard is championing it’s new reclining PC, there’s something vaguely familiar about the touch-enabled TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business…

Described by analysts in the Wall Street Journal as being a reaction to tablet computing, the all-in-one desktop PC swings downwards 60 degrees, putting the screen into an almost flat position.

But the TouchSmart’s design has in fact appeared before, most notably in a patent, published last year, for a tilting iMac with touchscreen capabilities.

As reported by Australian Macworld in August last year, Apple published a patent in Europe for an accelerometer-fitted iMac that is able to switch between the two operating systems depending on the orientation of the screen – when upright, it would display OS X and work with a mouse and keyboard; when closer to horizontal, it would switch to iOS and be controlled via touch.

Certainly, variations on the concept have appeared in notebook PCs, but the similarity between HP and Apple’s design is striking.

What do you think? Is imitation the highest form of flattery, or is it intellectual property theft? Post your thoughts below.

Tilting iMac image via Patently Apple

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