Posted by ts On 10.06.2010
source – engadget.com/ by Joanna Stern
We don’t say this very often, but some products are just worth the wait. And well, the ExoPC Slate looks like it’s going to be one of those very products. After months of following along, we finally got to spend some quality time with the 11.6-inch slate at Computex, and came away surprisingly impressed. Read on after the break for our impressions of this Windows 7 tablet, what that funky UI is all about, and a video of the Slate in action. Oh, and after you’ve done all that, don’t forget to feast your eyes on the gallery below.
When it comes down to size, the 11.6-inch ExoPC Slate fits right in between the 12.1-inch JooJoo and the 9.7-inch iPad. And though it’s better held in two hands, it’s still just as thin and light as Apple’s tablet. Overall, we were quite taken with the build quality of the prototype device we saw, and the fact that it manages to make room for two USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI out. There’s also a VGA webcam along the top bezel. Internally, the tablet packs an 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. On top of all that, the Slate promises full 1080p playback thanks to its Broadcom Crystal HD chip. While our experience with the HD solution has been flaky at best, we did witness a high-def clip play smoothly on the screen.
But the hardware and specs of the ExoPC aren’t what impressed us the most about the tablet. Nope, the capacitive touchscreen and the custom software layer on top of Windows 7 stole the show. While we found the 1366 x 768-resolution screen to be super reflective and ridden with poor viewing angles, it was extremely responsive to light taps, swipes and multitouch gestures within Windows 7 Ultimate and ExoPC’s own UI. And the latter is just the sort of thing we have been looking for in a Windows 7 slate. We’ve taken to calling it the Connect Four interface, but regardless of what ExoPC officially calls it, the Win 7 layer is incredibly unique and simple to navigate with a finger. Each of the circles can be customized to contain a different program or website shortcut and there are added setting controls along the peripheries. The video demo should speak for itself, but after just a few minutes of playing around with the device we had gotten the hang of closing apps by dragging them to the side and getting back to the main menu. Interestingly, the ExoPC guys aren’t just relying on regular Windows applications — they have created polished, touch-friendly e-book, music and photo gallery programs. They’re also working with other developers to create an app store. However, those that prefer a standard Windows 7 tablet experience won’t be disappointed — you can easily get back to the OS and they plan to ship it with a stylus for navigating menus / handwriting input.
Here’s where we’d love to tell you the wait is over, but unfortunately it isn’t. ExoPC has a ways to go in terms of working on the LCD quality and the UI integration, but promises that the tablet should be ready by early September for $599. Of course, we’ll believe that when we see it, but at least we’re one step closer to knowing that there are some very solid and innovative Windows 7-based tablets out there.
Update: Our bad for not mentioning the promised battery life. According to ExoPC, the two-cell battery should last five hours on a single charge, but a bit longer when playing video using the Broadcom card. We’d say that we’re probably looking at more like three hours with WiFi on, but we won’t know until we actually get to test it.
Posted by ts On 21.05.2010
source – alltouchtablet.com
So you got an iPad. Big deal, other one million of so people have one, nothing different about yours. That’s why it might be a good idea to make it stand out from others. One way is to get it laser etched, but this is like putting a signature on a book, not outstanding, plus if the message is stupid you won’t get to sell it later when you want to upgrade. So the best way to make your iPad look better is to get a cool iPad case, one that says something about you, not about Steve Jobs, if you catch my point.
This post will try and show you some of the interesting mass produced iPad cases that are cool, so don’t jump on me if you saw some home made or very limited edition case that didn’t make it in this top. Of course I’m open to suggestions so if you know of a nice out of ordinary iPad case let me know in the comments form below so I can check it out and put it here, where it belongs. Read on to see what Cool iPad cases I’ve found for you:
This is one case that shocks when you get your iPad out of it. It’s not a Manila envelope but a stylish case in form of a letter. Now, don’t think that if the case is odd looking is not that good. Contrary, the Marware Eco-Envi is really a premium case made from eco-leather that’s friendly to the environment, with fleece interior and features also a clear screen protector. It’s the cool iPad case to buy, if you ask me.
This is more like socks for your iPad. This is what makes is even better, plus the custom design that makes it really stand out. Besides looks, it is suitable to absorb day to day wear and tear whilst in transit and is suitable also for up to 8.9 inch netbooks, so you get some flexibility. The E-volve reversible neoprene sleeve comes in five main colors: orange, red, blue, gray and pink, so you can get the one that appeals to you most. Price is really low, so what more can you ask for?
E-volve reversible neoprene sleeve case cover
KingCase is not actually a case, but a series (that’s nice) so there are plenty of models to choose from:Zebra Skin, Plaid Pattern Pink, Plaid Patter Beige, Plaid Pattern Blue, Sequin Sparkle and Alligator Skin. Design is not all about the KingCase iPad specially made Hard case, but also it does not interfere with any controls or functions, plus protects from scratches. Lifetime replacement guarantee is also something you might want to look into.
KingCase iPad Hard Case
This is one hell of an iPad protective carrying skin: it emulates a wooden surface for your iPad, making it the exact opposite of its normal modern design. It might not be on everyone’s taste but the Maple Wood Grain Pattern skin is sure different. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not made from wodd, but fromhigh quality vinyl that also protects from scratches. The skin is made from two parts that are glued with not permanent adhesive and doesn’t cover the screen or ports, so you can rest assured your iPad will ’suffer’ only a makeover.
Maple Wood Grain Pattern Skin
This is one odd looking carrying case/sleeve, as it feature a bubble design of the other shell that has an aesthetic role and also protective one, because the semi spheres are filled with gel and can absorb impacts with the floor pretty well. As with many cool iPad cases, this one can be bought in a few color variants: Green, Pink and Black. Due to the complex protective casing, the Hard Candy is pretty expensive, but is worth every penny.
Hard Candy Cases Bubble Sleeve
Those are some of the best cool iPad cases I could find, but I’m searching on, so expect this article to be updated more often. Below there’s a list with other recommended articles.
Posted by ts On 21.05.2010
source – engadget.com/ by Tim Stevens
The MID is officially now shipping, with the base (chrome-free) model going for €199 (about $245).
- 5 inch 800×480 resistive touchscreen
- CPU 667Mhz Samsung ARM
- Android 1.5
- 1GB built in storage + microSD
- battery life 6hrs
- car mount + car charger but no GPS nor navigation software
Posted by ts On 18.05.2010
- Intel® Core™ i5-520M vPro™ Processor 2.4 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache) with Turbo Boost Technology
- Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32 (MUI), Bonus Media: Microsoft® Office Professional 2007 60-Day Trial, Microsoft® OneNote® 2007
- 12.1″ WXGA LED backlight bright LCD with wide-viewing angles for better outdoor viewing
- Active digitizer (pen input)
- Intel® HD Graphics
- Built-in webcam with dual digital array microphones for video chat
- 2 GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM memory (2 GB + empty slot)
- 160 GB S-ATA, 5400 rpm hard drive2 (protected by Fujitsu Shock Sensor)
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
- Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 WLAN
- Integrated Bluetooth Wireless
- Modular Dual-Layer Super-Multi DVD Writer
- Embedded Fingerprint Sensor, integrated TPM, Security Panel
- Integrated ambient light sensor3
- Full-size, spill-resistant keyboard with touchpad (includes scroll sensor)
- High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port
- User-cleanable dust filter
- Main battery: Lithium ion (6-cell, 5200 mAh)
- One-year International Limited Warranty
The price of the unit comes to show that for now only business will benefit from it.
source – alltouchtablet.com
Posted by ts On 14.05.2010
2010-05-12 10:22:52 – The leading provider of advanced multi-touch screen technologies, Evoluce, today introduced the first gesture computing enhancement to its ITSO (Integrated Through Screen Optics) Sensing Technology, offering true multi-touch, multi-pen functionality for large flat screen LCDs. For the first time, multi-touch-enabled applications can also see and respond to in-the-air gestures up to 1 m from the screen for more intuitive and direct user interaction. The combination of gesture with multi-touch input unleashes exciting possibilities for a multitude of collaborative, design, and information visualization environments.
This breakthrough facilitates true multi-modal computing. Evoluce’s ITSO Sensing Technology supports an unlimited number of simultaneous screen inputs from touches, pen and stylus inputs, objects, and tags. Now users can also directly manipulate objects on the screen through making scrolling, rotating, stretching, shrinking, or pivoting motions close to the screen without touching it.
The innovative ITSO Sensing Technology software solution is built into the Evoluce ONE, a 47-inch large-format interactive full HD LCD screen with true multi-touch and multi-pen functionality. The Evoluce ONE delivers sharp, bright images for rich multimedia applications ranging from educational teaching and learning environments to medical imagining and interactive gaming. Its smooth, scratch-resistant screen delivers the durability necessary for point-of-sale (POS) public product presentations and interactive exhibits at events, VIP lounges, art galleries, and museums. Because of its flat edges, Evoluce ONE is easily integrated into either horizontal or vertical spaces, or may be used as a stand-alone surface. ITSO Sensing Technology supports multi-touch operation of Microsoft Windows 7 desktop and applications, providing the familiar Windows interface to users.
“The range of applications that can benefit from gesture enhancement paired with true multi-pen and multi-touch capability is extremely wide,” said Wolfgang Herfurtner, CEO of Evoluce AG. “Collaboration, product and industrial design, business intelligence, information visualization, medical imaging, and command and control functions become more accessible without additional complexity. Product information can be delivered directly at the point of sale to customers in a completely new interactive way, revolutionizing shopping, for example. The possibilities are truly mindboggling.”
Evoluce supports all standard interfaces for multi-touch application software development, including Java, XML, and TUIO.
For more information about ITSO Sensing Technology and Evoluce ONE, please visit www.evoluce.com/.
Evoluce ONE is available from Evoluce specialist partner dealers.
Founded in 2000, Evoluce AG, based in Hallbergmoos near Munich, is a leading manufacturer of high quality multi-touch displays. Evoluce as a supplier of core technology is supporting the trend for multi-user applications becoming an integral part of human-computer interaction. Evoluce has gained significant experience from the in-house development of multi-touch tracking software and Micro Layer screens. This has led to the innovative high-resolution optical-sensing technology used in large format frameless full HD multi-touch LCDs produced by Evoluce. Worldwide system integrators and developers already successfully use Evoluce hardware and software for their interactive design and applications.
Ms. Sabine Seewald
Posted by ts On 12.05.2010
source – thinkpads.com by John Hobbes
Complementing their consumer notebook launch today, Lenovo is also announcing several refreshed desktop models. On the IdeaCentre side of things, we have updated all-in-ones with the A700 and B305, as well as the Q150 nettop. For those who are on more of a budget, the H320 desktop gets a mild refresh as well.
Out of Lenovo’s four IdeaCentre product lines, two are all-in-ones and a third is the ultra-small nettop form factor. Clearly all-in-ones are important and these new models not only bring in the new Intel processors, but also some other changes.
- Full range of Core i3, i5, i7 mobile processors
- 23-inch Full HD 1080p LCD (up from A600 21.5-inch); multitouch optional
- Intel HD integrated, ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB or 5650 1GB graphics
- Slot-loading Blu-ray drive (appears standard!)
- Up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2TB hard drive
- 6 USB 2.0, eSATA, 6-in-1 card reader, Firewire, HDMI in & out; optional TV tuner
- Bluetooth keyboard & mouse, b/g/n WiFi standard
- Available late June starting at $999
- AMD Athlon II X2 processors, from 235e (2.7GHz, 2MB cache) to 250e (3.0GHz, 2MB cache); triple & quad core processors coming later
- 20-inch HD+ (1600×900) or 21.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) with optional multitouch
- ATI Radeon HD 3000 integrated graphics or HD 5450 512MB
- Up to 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD
- Tray-loading DVD burner, b/g/n WiFi
- 6 USB 2.0, 6-in-1 card reader, 0.3MP webcam; available TV tuner
- PS/2 (???) keyboard & USB mouse standard; Bluetooth optional
- Available in June starting at $699
While Lenovo’s literature touts the B305 as a more “performance” machine, if you crunch the numbers the A700 is definitely where it’s at. The A700 has Intel’s newest quad-core processors, a larger Full HD screen, more powerful graphics, Blu-ray drive, greater RAM support, more multimedia features – you get the point. Of course all of that comes at a price, with the A700 starting $300 more than the B305.
It looks like the A700 will be an outright replacement for the A600, what with the newer processors and larger screen while keeping the same overall design and features. The B305, however, will likely complement the existing B500, which is targeted as a high performance all-in-one with faster processors and graphics.
Lenovo’s first nettop, the Q100/Q110, was first introduced last August and looked like an interesting box, especially with NVIDIA Ion graphics. Lenovo has simplified the naming structure, announcing a single Q150 model that can be configured with Intel GMA 3150 integrated or NVIDIA Ion graphics. The processors get upgraded to the new Intel Atom chips, available in single-core or dual-core form at 1.6GHz.
RAM is limited to 2GB DDR2 via a single SO-DIMM slot, but as a net-only PC or HTPC, you likely wouldn’t be doing as much multitasking that you need more anyway. 802.11b/g/n WiFi is standard, but a keyboard and mouse are not!
I would expect to see two Q150 configurations: a lower-end single-core, 1GB RAM, Intel graphics model with a smaller hard drive at the $249 starting price point. $349 is where you would likely find the dual-core, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA Ion model with a larger hard drive. The Q150 will be available in late June.
H320 – not as sexy, but the clear value
Not constrained by the sexy, curvaceous cases of the all-in-ones and nettops, the relatively bland “essentials” H320 desktop has similar options and even more performance than its siblings. Full-power, desktop-version Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors are offered. The top-tier chip is the i7-860 quad-core that runs at a blistering 2.8GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.46GHz and 8MB cache. Take that A700!
Surprisingly, the graphics card wasn’t forgotten about with choices between two DX11-compatible ATI chips (5450 512MB or 5570 1GB), a DX10-compatible NVIDIA GeForce 310 512MB and of course the Intel HD graphics. Four DIMM slots are available to support up to 8GB RAM and you have your choice of hard drive sizes, as well as optical drives.
HDMI output is included with discrete graphics models and a TV tuner is available. While the keyboard and mouse are standard, a monitor is of course not.
The Lenovo H320 will be available in late June starting at $549.
Posted by ts On 12.05.2010
SAMSUNG ADDS A TOUCH OF CLASS TO PC MARKET WITH NEW ALL-IN-ONE
Scintillating style coming to the UK in stunning 20″ and 23″ models
London, UK – May 11, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a market leader in consumer electronics and world leader in IT technology, today announced its entry into the UK desktop PC market with the launch of two new ultra-stylish touch-screen All-in-One PCs for the home; the powerful, super-slim 23 inch U250 and ultra-stylish 20 inch U200.
Designed to bring the multi-touch functionality of the Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system to life, the full 1080p HD screen U250 and 1600 x 900 resolution U200 offer users an unparalleled multimedia touch-screen computing experience.
The new All-in-One designs combine the monitor and computer in one slick unit, offering a smaller footprint to help save space on the work surface. Samsung’s new All-in-One PCs can serve as the focal point for family home entertainment whilst looking great – the 23 inch U250 features a cutting-edge, slim line design and the 20 inch U200 is curvaceous, bold and beautiful.
The incredibly intuitive display helps the U250 and U200 amplify the capabilities of Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium’s multi-touch functions, offering users a powerful and fully touch optimised PC experience for editing photos, playing games and viewing video content.
Graham Long, Vice President of Samsung’s IT Business Division, said “Through the new U250 and U200, we’re offering customers the ultimate touch-screen computing experience for the home.
“We’ve combined class-leading design with a simple to use interactive experience to create the next generation of home PC. We’re confident that the look and performance of these new models will prove popular with a wide range of home computing users.”
The launch of the new All-in-One range marks Samsung’s first venture into the home PC market in the UK. Graham Long added “The sector has been growing steadily since 2005, and we decided to use the strengths from our market-leading netbooks and notebooks to create a Samsung solution for the home, perfect for complimenting our Note PC offerings.”
The Samsung U200 and U250 will be available exclusively at PC World and PCWorld.co.uk from May 2010.
engadget : Eager for more of Samsung‘s outlay? Good. Officially unveiled today over in the UK, the company’s new 23-inch U250 and 20-inch U200 all-in-one PCs are going where loads of AIO machines already have: the multitouch galaxy. The former offers up a full 1080p resolution, while the latter steps down to 1,600 x 900; both of ’em ship with Windows 7 Home Premium, and the company would have you know that these two mark its “first venture into the home PC market in the UK.” Regrettably, the excitement was tempered by the lack of a real specification sheet, but we’re told they’ll ship later this month for those who couldn’t care less about nuts, bolts, gigahertz and megabytes.
Posted by ts On 11.05.2010
From Vandeventer + Carlander Architects comes a modern home design located on Lake Union, right in the city center.How fascinating it is to have a house on a lake! It would be interesting to know what the address of this home is. You probably did not see this coming, but there are a lot of similar floating houses on Lake Union. In fact, if I recall correctly, Tom Hanks owned one in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”. This particular project was meant as a contemporary looking building with plenty of entertainment space. As you can see in the pictures below, there are many decks and the large floor to ceiling windows allow great views of the city in every direction. This is not exactly the most intimate crib, but it’s okay, as long as the owners don’t mind.
Posted by ts On 10.05.2010
source – engadget.com by Sean Hollister
Looking for a no-frills alternative to the Kindle or Nook? For $150, you’ll probably find it in the Kobo eReader — now available for purchase at Borders, and shipping June 17th. Engadget went hands-on with Kobo in March and rather enjoyed the barebones aesthetic; though an early review cited long load times, we thought the 6-inch E Ink slate got the basics just about right. That’s just us, though — if you get it for Father’s Day as Borders clearly suggests, we’re not sure your picky old man will agree.
Posted by ts On 10.05.2010
This is just a rumor at this point, but it’s definitely one we’d file in the believable column. According to NewGadgets.de, HP’s planning to update its 12.1-inch tm2 convertible tablet with Core i3 and i5 processors in June. Considering we’ve heard that Intel will be releasing its Core i5 ULV processors around then, this certainly makes sense — after all, we’d expect HP to swap out the current Core 2 Duo ULV processors for something more powerful, yet power efficient. Time will tell if the new chips make it into the multitouch laptop, but it’s good to know that HP’s still working on at least some sort of Windows 7 tablet.