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« on: January 05, 2010, 08:32:54 PM »

So far the one thing jumping out on me (besides breathless speculation on the Applie iSlate, iThing, iSlab, etc.) is the Light Touch...

Light Blue Optics unveils Light Touch: a 10-inch touchscreen pico projector based on lasers (video)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/05/light-blue-optics-unveils-light-touch-a-10-inch-touchscreen-pic/
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They promised us a device in 2010 and sure enough, Light Blue Optics just announced Light Touch. As the name implies, LBO's product is a laser projector that turns any flat surface into an auto-focused and image-adjusted 10-inch touchscreen with WVGA resolution thanks to its laser- (not LED) based pico projection engine dubbed HLP (holographic laser projection) and infrared touch-sensing system. Light Touch runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 and includes WiFi and Bluetooth radios, 2GB of on-board storage (with microSD slot for up to 32GB more), and a battery capable of about 2-hours worth of runtime.
The battery runtime is a bummer, though some of the "mockup" photos suggest they're hoping it will catch on more at retail and restaurants as a way to have access to computers and kiosks with no visible hardware.

Some of the "projection keyboards" had gotten me thinking someone would try something like this. I still don't see a way for what are basically "holographic" images on a table to give you the feel of even the most cramped netbook's keyboard. After all these years, I find resting my fingers on a keyboard almost symbiotic -- on thin air or a table? Not so much.  icon_neutral

Still, I like the idea and hope the technology keeps progressing.

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010, 04:36:02 AM »

That is sweet. I have been caught up by lenovo's new netbook/tablet. I like the idea of docking it for computer use or just take it for a tablet.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9143142/CES_Lenovo_unveils_hybrid_tablet_laptop_with_two_brains_
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2010, 06:44:43 AM »

Quote from: crumsteel on January 07, 2010, 04:36:02 AM

That is sweet. I have been caught up by lenovo's new netbook/tablet. I like the idea of docking it for computer use or just take it for a tablet.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9143142/CES_Lenovo_unveils_hybrid_tablet_laptop_with_two_brains_


Yeah, that's pretty awesome.

I, of course, am breathlessly awaiting the Apple iSlate/iTablet/MacTablet/Jesus-on-a-Stick like everyone else.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2010, 07:21:35 PM »

Can you play games on it?

Wait CES just ended...no wait that was LAST YEAR> wow time is really flying away these days. Seems like I was just reading CES news. Now here it is again. I've been aching to go to a CES or E3 or anything for 20 years now.  Sigh.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2010, 07:56:36 PM »

Forgive me for going a little Endgadget crazy...

If there really is an "iSlate," Apple might be upset about the name of Dell's new Android smartphone...  paranoid

Dell slate (secret) hands-on
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/dell-slate-exclusive-hands-on/
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We just got taken into a quiet side hallway for a 90 second photo shoot with the Dell slate device. It's... red. It's also a nicely thin five-inch Android device with a dialer, but other than that we weren't getting any answers on the record, so the mystery continues.
Apparently it has a SIMM card slot, which I guess is a big deal (I'm out of it when it comes to smartphones really).

Couple interesting e-readers:

Skiff e-reader hands-on: watch out Amazon (no photos or videos were allowed though)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/skiff-e-reader-hands-on-kindle-watch-out/
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Ready for your Kindle alternative? Skiff might be it. Might. We had a chance to sit down with the team to go hands-on with the 11.5-inch e-Reader. As a device, the near final prototype was big pushing an impressive 1,600 x 1,200 resolution -- enough to stuff an entire page of the New York Times up front including advertisements and still maintain readability. Mind you, it's not an exact reproduction, content has been modified to account for advertisements which, for better or worse, are part of the Skiff publishing model. Fortunately, we found it impossible to differentiate between the locally served ads and those you're already accustomed to seeing inside your favorite newspaper.
Skiff will also be coming to other platforms as a software solution apparently.

Plastic Logic QUE proReader first hands-on (with video!)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/plastic-logic-que-proreader-first-hands-on/
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We just got to hold the new crazy-thin QUE proReader, and it's pretty much all that and a bag of chips. The touchscreen seems resistive, but it's plenty sensitive, and the 1 second-ish page refresh rate makes it pretty usable. They weren't lying about the device feeling and looking like plastic, but we really do mean that in the nicest way possible. There's USB and a power button on the bottom, but looking at it straight on the device is about as minimal as could be.

We'll have to really play with one before we can comment on usability, but from first glance the interface looks intuitive, well laid-out and surprisingly packed with functionality.
If you watch the video, I find it rather amusing there's an obnoxious Amazon Kindle ad that slides into view from bottom.  icon_razz
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2010, 08:15:11 PM »

I mentioned this in the netbook threads, but Dell/Alienware's new 11" Alienware m11x "gaming notebook" seems worth a shout out too...

Alienware m11x: 11″ Gaming Notebook for Under $1,000

http://www.notebooks.com/2010/01/07/alienware-m11x-11-gaming-notebook-for-under-1000/
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The Alienware M11x combines an Nvidia GT 335M GPU with an Intel low-voltage processor to deliver a mobile gaming experience. Of course powerful graphics aren’t can drain a battery pretty quickly. To get around this problem, Dell’s implemented Hybrid graphics, which means you can switch to power-saving Intel GMA graphics when you’re browsing the web or working.
Seems like a good catch for a college kid who has to move around a lot, or any gamer who's on the road a lot. It sounds like it's easy enough to connect it to larger monitors too though.

Dell Shows Off Alienware M11x Mini Gaming PC (this has a nice promo image of it)
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/dell-shows-off-alienware-m11x-mini-gaming-pc/
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The M11x also comes with DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA ports so you can take your gaming to the big screen and connect to larger monitors and HDTVs.

At the product's official site, they're having weekly entries for an M11x drawing if it interests anyone:
http://www.alienware.com/microsite/m11x/m11x.aspx (scroll down, it's toward the bottom)
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2010, 10:25:59 PM »

Laptop Magazine got a little hands-on time with the M11x:

Hands-On With The Alienware M11x, the World’s Smallest Gaming Rig (Verdict: Compelling)
http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-with-the-alienware-m11x-the-worlds-smallest-gaming-rig-verdict-compelling
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2010, 01:43:39 AM »

Quote from: Blackjack on January 07, 2010, 10:25:59 PM

Laptop Magazine got a little hands-on time with the M11x:

Hands-On With The Alienware M11x, the World’s Smallest Gaming Rig (Verdict: Compelling)
http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-with-the-alienware-m11x-the-worlds-smallest-gaming-rig-verdict-compelling

Very interesting...still a bit too big compared to my netbook of choice (which is 10.1 inch), but I do like the capabilities of said machine.
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 02:04:19 PM »

I'd just be curious if it had heat issues. The keyboard is apparently uncomfortably small, so I don't think it's something that'd interest me.

OTOH, when I'm forced into my usual 3-4 year upgrade in 2011-2012, one of the King Kong gaming laptops might call to me. icon_smile
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 04:45:14 PM »

Some more on that Que reader. While the $649 price makes people blanche, their claim is they're going after the business segment that wants to be able to read and annotate documents in electronic form -- so their reader lets you add comments, highlight text passages and, well, scribble:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Plastic-Logic-Debuts-the-Que-Defends-649-Price-at-CES-236781/
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But Plastic Logic evidently feels that its focus on the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) and enterprise markets gives it the leverage to put that sort of price sticker on the Que. “It’s a higher price point because it’s a different demographic: customers who want to read business documents,” Steven Glass, senior director of technical marketing for Plastic Logic, told eWEEK during a CES event on Jan. 7.

“The rest [of the e-reader manufacturers] aren’t doing that, at least in a way they can annotate,” Glass added, referring to the Que’s ability to add comments, highlight text, and scribble on documents with a fingertip or, conceivably, a stylus of some sort. Glass also highlighted the device’s ability to rapidly search through thousands of documents as something important to the business segment.
One could argue this isn't the ideal economic environment to launch such a product, we'll see...
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 06:48:40 PM »

If you miss stuff like WinCE and Psion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psion_Series_5), you might like this new device:

Official site (think Viliv is a South Korean company)
http://www.myviliv.com/eng/product/ces2010.asp

Viliv N5 Hands-On: The Power of a Netbook in the Palm of Your Hand (video at end of article)
http://blog.laptopmag.com/viliv-n5-hands-on-the-power-of-a-netbook-in-the-palm-of-your-hand
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Enter the Viliv N5, a 4.8-inch, .88-pound  mobile Internet device that looks and acts like a tiny netbook. Its diminutive display outputs at a generous 1024×600 resolution, the same as most 10.1-inch netbooks and offers resistive touch. Its 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor allows it to run Windows 7 ($75.99) Starter or Home Premium. A 32GB SSD stores your data and programs while using less power and space than a traditional The storage device that holds your OS, programs, and data.
Learn Morehard drive. Optional built-in 3G even keeps you connected everywhere you go.

We had a chance to play with the N5 at Viliv’s CES booth and we were very impressed with its small size, but large build quality. Nothing about this MID feels cheap, from the durable, rubberized buttom and lid to the responsive keyboard and bright screen.
Apparently this was more of a prototype as the promised touchscreen isn't yet operational as such. Target price is about $500.

Sadly, it seems to have the dreaded "tiny right shift key syndrome" going on.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2010, 04:35:02 PM »

Laptop Magazine's CES Best of CES award went to LG for its GW990, the first Intel Moorestown "Superphone," which plays 720dp while multitasking, apparently without a hitch (though I'm curious about battery life):

Updated: Video Hands-on with LG GW990, First Intel Moorestown Superphone
http://blog.laptopmag.com/video-hands-on-with-intel-powered-lg-gw990
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s the first smart phone powered by Intel’s Moorestown processor, the LG GW990 definitely pushes the boundaries of smart phone capabilities–and their dimensions. From the outside, this device looks like a longer first-gen iPhone with a few extra buttons along the sides, complete with a huge 4.8-inch resistive touchscreen. The expansive 1024 x 480 display is crisp, clear, and bright, and you can easily see Web pages like Amazon.com without having to scroll horizontally. Although we’d prefer a capacitive touchscreen, the display was responsive

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One of the hallmark features of this device is that it plays 720p video. But as you’ll see in our video demonstration, it’s not only possible to play that 720p video without a hiccup, it’s possible to play the video with other apps open, such as the calendar and browser, without a single misplaced pixel in the video. Turn the GW990 horizontally and you can scroll through panes of your open applications, including a playing video, three at a time.

Overall, our initial impression is that the Moorestown processor is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The LG GW990 is still being tweaked but right now we love the Mobiln interface, the excellent multi-tasking abilities, and the beautiful screen. It’s expected to launch in the second half of the year,
It might be a tad long to be comfortably pocketable (or draw "is that a so and so in your pocket or are you happy to see me" comments icon_razz) though it seems as thin as anything else.
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