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ASUS Eee Stick and LCD teams facing axe?

ASUS Eee Stick and LCD teams facing axe?

ASUS' approach with their entry-level Eee-brand devices has always been to throw as much as possible at the market and see what sticks, and ironically the Eee Stick is one of those devices that has proved less than compelling.  According to a DigiTimes report - denied by ASUS, incidentally - industry insiders are saying the company is preparing to axe its Eee Stick team, as well as the projects responsible for its LCD TV and monitor ranges.

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-alikes hit FCC

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-alikes hit FCC

Someone at ASUS has obviously decided that there's a market for Wiimote-like peripherals, since a filing for the Eee Stick wireless gesture-based controllers has just shown up at the FCC.  According to the report, two Sticks will be supplied - one with a D-pad and the other with an analogue controller - together with a USB dongle using an unnamed 2.4GHz wireless connection.

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-clone tested, look promising

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-clone tested, look promising

Rather unsurprisingly - since I think even ASUS would admit where their "inspiration" came from - the Eee Stick controller has been likened to Nintendo's Wiimote.  Jake Ludington got a chance to test out the motion-sensitive interface while at Computex, which ASUS are positioning not so much as a gaming peripheral but as a generally fresh way to interact with normal PC apps.

ASUS Celeron 220 Eee Box nettop coming to spur sales

ASUS Celeron 220 Eee Box nettop coming to spur sales

ASUS are planning a Celeron version of their Eee Box nettop, which will be cheaper than the current Intel Atom N270 model.  According to DigiTimes, poor sales of the Eee Box - which packs hardware usually found in the company's Eee PC netbook into a slender desktop form-factor - has prompted the new entry-level machine, which will go on sale alongside the existing nettop.

ASUS confirm touchscreen Eee PCs, Windows 7 in 2009

ASUS confirm touchscreen Eee PCs, Windows 7 in 2009

The Eee PC will get at least two touchscreen variants announced in early 2009, with both convertible and standard notebook form-factor designs being explored.  That's the latest news from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, who has been sharing some more details about what's become the largest netbook range on the market.  As well as the touchscreen models, ASUS have obviously decided to take Steve Ballmer at his word and miss Windows Vista out completely; instead, they're planning to introduce Windows 7 to netbooks in the second half of 2009.

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