The CES 2011 announcements seem to be popping up quite a bit today. With Motorola going on the offensive with their tablet desires, we now have NEC announcing that not only will they be showing up at next year's CES, but that they'll be bringing with them quite a few toys. Besides the mention of a "new Android application marketplace," one of the bigger mentions is the dual-LCD-screen Android tablet.
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NEC has announced plans to bring a dual-screen Android tablet to CES 2011. The tablet, which we've mocked up in the image below, will carry the same NEC LifeTouch branding as the company's existing single-screen LifeTouch slate, but have a pair of 7-inch touchscreens along with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.
NEC's tablet plans have crossed over into their consumer line-up, with the 7-inch Cloud Communicator getting a rebrand as the NEC Smartia. Specifications for the Smartia are unchanged - you still get Android 2.1 on a WVGA resistive touchscreen, for instance - but the UI has been tweaked and there's the Andronavi app store. Unfortunately, NEC is being rather too ambitious with their pricing.
We have already talked a bit about the NEC LifeTouch cloud communicator Android tablet. The thing surfaced last week and looks pretty interesting. We know that the tablet runs Android 2.1 and has a 7-inch screen. NEC has already told us the thing is pen enabled and it runs a Cortex A8 CPU at 600MHz.
It's been a long time since NEC promised a cloud-centric tablet - over 12 months ago, in fact - but the NEC LifeTouch is finally near. A 7-inch WVGA touchscreen slate running Android 2.1 (it's described as "pen operable" so we're guessing NEC is using a resistive touchscreen), the LifeTouch is targeted at Japanese corporate customers who will use the tablet as a mobile email, shopping, communications and systems-monitoring device.
NEC has unveiled a couple new computers in Japan including the Mate AIO and the VersaPro UltraLite notebook. The AIO Mate computer has a 19-inch LCD with Intel Core i5 processor inside that helps it to save 24% on power compared to previous models. The LCD of the AIO also has a sensor that turns itself off when the user steps away.
Minority Report may have tickled us with its floating multitouch displays, but it also warned us of what might happen when adverts start recognizing us. Unfortunately, it seems NEC didn't heed Tom Cruise, and has developed a new individual-recognizing system for their PanelDirector advertising system. The prototype can identify the age and gender of the people currently looking at the screens, and serve up contextually-suitable adverts.
NEC has unveils three new desktop computers that use 3D technology and a couple of them don't require expensive active 3D glasses. The first of the new 3D machines is the Valuestar L which is a high-end model using NVIDI A3D Vision. The machine has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen measuring 23-inches with a 120Hz refresh rate. It supports 3D films and games.
NEC aren't just responsible for the batteries in Nissan's Leaf EV, they've also been working on the chargers too. The Japanese company has kicked off a new pilot scheme in Oregon, installing chargers that can rejuice electric cars to around 80-percent in just 20-30 minutes. The scheme follows on from a project started in October 2009, with around fifty of the new third-gen chargers being installed.