Disclaimer: Before responding, presume…
- that I don’t know anything about the magical forces that make computers go
- that I believe I should be able to push a button, say “Hello, Computer” in a thick, fake Scottish accent and it will automatically make all my dreams come true
- that attempts to educate me by explaining in technical detail the “impossibility” or irrelevance, the unfeasibility or unpopularity of features in my Dream Machine will be completely lost on me. —In reality, this would be similar to lecturing on why “fairy dust”, “magic feathers”, or “flying carpets” can’t be included
- that an “About What’s next category” sticky assured me that “all ideas are welcome”
I am looking at this from a content creator’s perspective.
I would want my Dream Machine to be a true 2-in-1. What I mean is that it is not a beefed up tablet with an attachable keyboard dock. Nor is it a hardcore laptop with a swiveling display**. No, but it is a very powerful laptop integrated with an independently functional tablet that serves as its primary display.
When disconnected from the laptop body, the display functions as a tablet that I use to do the things that tablets should do well: be highly portable and interact with the world around me and capture its wonder. iPads appear to be really good at this.
When connected to the main body, the tablet becomes merely a touchscreen display, though it’s other hardware (battery, processor, memory, etc) and file system (machine state, user prefs, documents) could be linked to, synced with, and leveraged by the main unit.
In this configuration, the tablet becomes merely an extension of the laptop body, similar to how laptops use other external devices (such as an eGPU). Now I have an uber-powerful laptop that can do all the things that awesome laptops should do: transform the material I’ve just gathered from the world around me into beautiful and moving content that I can then share with the world around me in return.
Maybe this already exists somewhere; but if it does, its marketing department needs to be fired. (Also, while we’re at it, I’d be on-board with talking to my wish-granting computer in a thick, fake Scottish accent; and magic feather technology as well.)
**As an added bonus, if it could swivel (or be attached in reverse by some other means) and function as a sort of Wacom Cintiq, that would be awesome.