As ultraportables, UMPCs, MIDs and futurephones get more prevalent, we’re soon going to see companies selling portable LCD monitors — basically, laptop monitors without the laptops, probably stored in tasteful leather / vinyl cases with a little padding to protect them that flip open to serve as a stand to prop the monitor up. Maybe they’ll even be touch / multitouch, with dual USB / VGA or DVI cables.
So if you’ve got a EEE or similar device and you need some more screen real estate than the small built-in LCD provided, for Photoshop or movie-watching or what have you, you’ll simply pull your external portable monitor out of your bag and plug it in.
Why nobody does this already, I don’t know. Maybe they do. But I haven’t seen one. (The thing in the picture — which I found here and can’t seem to identify — is some sort of industrial LCD, and not really what I have in mind.) And it’s simple tech. And obviously it’s doable from an industrial design perspective.
So let’s have it.
[Edit: of course, I forgot about Wacom’s Cintiq, which is one of the pieces of hardware I’d most like to own, but that’s pretty high end. I was thinking of something much more aimed at a general market — just a basic screen.]