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Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

We were only talking earlier on today about Pegatron's Smartbook plans, and then along comes Shanzai with a quick hands-on report with one of the company's first models.  There's no telling whether this is merely a prototype or something we'll see in Q1 2010 with a brand-name plastered across it, but we do know it was featured at ARM's "Technical Symposium 2009" in Taipei this week.

Litl Webbook gets video unboxing; prototypes revealed

Litl Webbook gets video unboxing; prototypes revealed

We're still more than a little bemused by the Litl Webbook; the 12-inch notebook is no mere netbook, Litl insist, but instead offers simplicity of use more akin to a TV than a computer.  However, while we might not be the target audience, even after a video demo it's unclear whether that simplicity is worth the $699 price tag.  Litl have recently posted a video unboxing and hands-on demo with the Webbook.

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Dell Adamo XPS prototypes played with multitouch trackpads, touch-sensitive keyboards, more

Dell Adamo XPS prototypes played with multitouch trackpads, touch-sensitive keyboards, more

Dell's Adamo XPS is certainly a striking piece of tech - any notebook that thin is going to grab our attention, and that's before you add in a spytastic touch-strip to open it - but it turns out the company had even more ambitious plans initially.  PC World managed to score some time with some of Dell's Adamo XPS prototypes, including versions with multitouch LCD trackpads and even a zero-profile touchscreen keyboard.

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Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

The wisdom of designing gadgets that look like spiders when so many people find the many-legged bugs creepy is arguably lacking, but that hasn't stopped Ericsson.  The company's latest concept is the so-called Ericsson Spider Computer, a tripod design that will incorporate a full PC, pico-projector, laser keyboard and integrated 3G, and offer the people of 2020 an easily transported computing setup.

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LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

The actual benefits of transparent displays are yet to be explained - beyond the sheer cool factor, of course - but that isn't stopping manufacturers from announcing them.  Both LG Display and Samsung Mobile Display have been flaunting their respective transparent OLEDs, the former having a full 15-inch OLED panel ideal for notebooks, while the latter has a 2-inch OLED panel intended for cellphones.

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SenseCam lifelogging camera hitting production

SenseCam lifelogging camera hitting production

The SenseCam prototype we first mentioned back in February 2007 has finally spawned a production version, albeit initially intended for researchers with deep wallets.  The handiwork of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, the SenseCam is worn on a lanyard around the neck and takes images either periodically, when movement is sensed, or when a person is encountered (via a PIR sensor on the front).  Vicon, who have licensed production rights from Microsoft Research and who will launch it as the Vicon Revue, expect the camera to be used by lifeloggers wanting to document their everyday movements.

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Dell datacenter-in-a-briefcase prototype demo’d [Video]

Dell datacenter-in-a-briefcase prototype demo’d [Video]

Remember the talk of datacenters-in-containers last year and earlier?  Google were even tipped to have patented the idea; now, though, a datacenter is simply too large to be fashionable, hence Dell's datacenter-in-a-briefcase.  To be fair, it's not quite the briefcase you might take on your daily commute - think 40lb toolcase instead - but that's still good enough to impress GigaOm.

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Microsoft Pressure-Sensitive keyboard contest winners announced [Video]

Microsoft Pressure-Sensitive keyboard contest winners announced [Video]

The results for Microsoft's pressure-sensitive keyboard competition are in, and there are some interesting uses for the prototype 'board.  The peripheral can track not only which keys are pressed but the force with which they're hit, and it's that which "Most Useful" first prize winner SafeLock takes advantage of; the password app not only matches up an eight-character code, but measures flight time, hold time, maximized pressure and a curve fit to measure pressure over time for each keypress.

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