While we were stoked, if a little skeptical, about One Laptop Per Child’s dual touchscreen notebook design, it turns out someone has been working on one for years and it may actually be slightly more real than fairy dust.
In an interview, Valerio Cometti, founder of the Italian industrial design firm V12 Design, told Laptop that the firm came up with a dual screened laptop called Canova almost four years ago. Developed for “creative types,” the first generation, pictured above, was made of stainless steel and carbon fiber. Hard to actually call it a laptop though, as it didn’t run an operating system or software.
But the firm has since pitched the idea to laptop makers, and Cometti reportedly said that the second generation Canova will be complete and possibly even available in the U.S. in the next 16 months. Cometti did not reveal the name of the U.S. company with which it is working on the next generation machine, nor did he provide any photos (not suspicious at all).
Even so, we’re hopeful we might actually get to see a dual-touchscreen laptop before we’re old.