Asus dual-screen laptop ditches the keyboard for a touchscreen

Asus and Intel run a site called WePC.com, which the companies pitch as a place where you can dump all of your awesome computer-related ideas for the duo's engineers to capitalize on. Pretty handy, if you're not married to your idea and don't have any said engineers.

WePC.com managed to bear fruit, which Asus showed off at the CeBit 2009 show in Germany. It's another dual-screen laptop concept, but with a touchscreen instead of a keyboard, opting for a virtual 'board just like the iPhone. Having two screens makes it pretty versatile in the company's eyes, giving it extended functionality like you'd have with a tablet without having to bulk up the laptop to accommodate the second screen. It reminds us a bit of that modded Japanese Eee PC we showed you.

So what do you think? Are we getting closer to a dual-screen solution we can actually get behind? Asus is certainly pushing to redefine the laptop. Click Continue to see more shots of the Asus dual-screen and a press release after the jump.

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From Asus:

As a leading manufacturer in innovative mobile computing products, ASUS is constantly seeking feedback and listening to the demands of end-users. This year at CeBIT 2009, ASUS has unveiled a revolutionary dual panel concept notebook that is the result of the ideas contributed from users from around the world. As part of the "Community Designed PC" project initiated by ASUS and Intel®, the concept is still a work-in-progress which requires continued feedback. ASUS is thus taking the opportunity to encourage users to participate in the development of this concept notebook. Additional information regarding this concept can be found at WePC.com.

The dual panel concept is just one of the top ideas discussed at WePC.com. The dual panel offers a flexible working space in which users can adapt to suit their prevailing usage scenarios, for example adjusting the size of the virtual touchpad and keyboard. Through hand gestures, handwriting recognition and multi-touch, users are presented with a control surface that is both flexible and intuitive. Users can use the dual panel concept in a myriad of usage scenarios, for example as a conventional notebook with multi-touch screens, a virtual keyboard and touchpad; a multimedia hub, in which both dual panels could combine to form a larger display for widescreen entertainment; or an E-book mode in which users can hold the dual panel concept notebook just like they would a conventional book while flipping pages through intuitive gestures or by touch. These concepts aim to bring convenience to the user through technological innovations and user-centric design.

Asus, via CNET