Topical items and views on the impact of digitisation on publishing and its content and the issues that make the news. This blog follows the report 'Brave New World', (http://www.ewidgetsonline.com/vcil/bravenewworld.html ), published by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland and authored by Martyn Daniels. The views and comments expressed are those of the author.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Can I UseYour Screen Please?
Just when you thought that the keyboard was going to die and that touch screens were the new thing Asus have caused a stir at CeBIT with a keyboard!
Reality is that it isn’t a keyboard so much as a PC inside a keyboard. The thin case host in side of an ASUS netbook, sorry Psion we forgot, n**book. It has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory and a 16GB/32GB solid-state drive, weighs under 1kg, it's suitably light, has a built-in ultra-wideband transmitter for wireless streaming to external displays. It claims to work within a range of 15ft. However if you can’t find a screen it has a 5” touchscreen with 800x480 resolution.
It's still at the prototype stage, but expected to be fully launched later this year. So has Asus come up with the perfect answer – separate the screen from the n**book and enable users to choose how they display. Connect it to a TV, monitor, eink device a stop trying to develop an all in one solution. However one could apply the same logic to a mobile.
Posted by Martyn Daniels at Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Labels: Asus, netbooks, smart keyboards
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