I have a Hitachi slate windows PC in the living room (can't get the fingerprint reader to work in linux), everyone in the family has a profile setup on it, and logs in with a finger swipe. I use the thing for drawing all the time, and find it a really comfortable way to compute. Of course for real text entry or coding work I still have to drag out a standard form factor laptop as using the onscreen keyboard is tedious and not nearly as fast as touch typing. I do have a BT keyboard I could use with it, but standard laptops just have an ergonomic advantage for text entry. My only real complaint about the slate is that it does not respond to finger input. I love the pressure sensitive stylus and it does wonders in Alias Sketchbook, but it would be nice if I could 'smudge' pencil and move the paper around with my fingers... much as I would with a normal drawing pad. On a funny note, I do still 'wipe away' the screen after using the eraser... like there are virtual rubber bbs on my tablet pc.
I've owned all sorts of various touch screen toys (Palm, PPC, TomTom) over the years. One thing I can say for certain is that touch screen technology is starting to finally feel mature.
Finally I just picked up a 'MyTouch 3g' phone. I just absolutely love the Android UI! Simple, fast and for what it is (a social communication device, or a phone with toys) perfectly suitable. So around my home at least the "Touch revolution" started long time ago (the ELO Touchscreen is nearly 10 years old, tablet at least five), and I'm glad the rest of the world is starting to catch on.
~WTF is up with trying to format an okay looking post here... tryed plain text, html (including using tags)... I give up, at least the 'code' option at least picks up the carriage returns.
How would they put the commercials into the mirror?
Lets see; My PC has a 46" monitor, looks like a stereo component (read no association with work), it does require some brain effort to read the guide and choose a channel with the remote. But the fact that the wife can manage it, mean that it has to be pretty close to zero brain effort.
Of course because it is a PVR it is never shut completely off, so I would say normal 'boot time', that is the time it takes for it so wake from sleep is indeed faster than the power on cycle of the LCD TV connected to it.
There *are* a lot of cards out there with a HDMI on them, more ever day. These cards also have an internal header to connect the video card to the SPDIF header on your motherboard (or other audio card with a SPDIF header). So they do indeed carry audio.
I think the best (or at least the most entertaining) way to do it would be a variable rate that changed every day. You could even use the different gravity to help focus your exercise routine. I imagine a one quarter gravity day when you are taking a day of rest would be kind relaxing.