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Toshiba reveal netbook plans with 5.6-inch touchscreen prototype

Toshiba reveal netbook plans with 5.6-inch touchscreen prototype

Toshiba have decided to step into the budget netbook arena with a device of their own, although the company is at pains to point out that their device may not be a direct competitor to the ASUS Eee.  Their prototype - which appears to have been squeezed into a casing we first saw back at CES 2008 - uses a 5.6-inch touchscreen interface and an on-screen keyboard, and runs an Intel Atom processor and Windows Vista.

The chic space age hybrid Antro Solo

The chic space age hybrid Antro Solo

The Antro Solo is a gas electric hybrid weighing in at a low 600 Lbs. With its carbon fiber chassis, this hybrid gets 150 MPG and has solar panels across the top to help power the electric portion of its engine. Other than weighing 600 Lbs. and getting 150 MPG this Hybrid gas electric solar car can go up to 80 MPH.

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Wiispray prototype graffiti controller for Wii

Wiispray prototype graffiti controller for Wii

Nintendo's non-traditional interface for the Wii console lends itself to any number of odd controller hacks and designs, and the latest is this prototype Wiispray can.  Part of Martin Lihs' final thesis at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, the can-style casing contains a dismembered Wiimote coupled to a nozzle button.  It can be used to manipulate an on-screen virtual spraycan, with different paints and color options that are controlled by realistic graffiti movements.

ASUS pico-projector laptop prototype

ASUS pico-projector laptop prototype

Leaving it tucked in among the various models of Eee, ASUS has also brought this full-sized notebook prototype to Computex.  While at first glance it seems to be notable for its impressively deep forehead, the reason for the blocky brow is a built-in pico projector that can be used for impromptu presentations.  The projector unit swivels to fold flat with the notebook screen for transport.

Telson UMPC prototype with KDC glasses-free 3D

Telson UMPC prototype with KDC glasses-free 3D

Not much detail as yet on this one, but ostensibly it appears to be a prototype or reference design for a UMPC with a 3D screen.  The display panel itself apparently can be used without needing special glasses, and is the collaborative product of Masterimage and KDC, of whom Telson are an affiliate.  As for the device itself, it's based on a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and running Windows XP on 512MB of RAM.

AMD Turion prototype believed to be new Raon Digital UMPC

AMD Turion prototype believed to be new Raon Digital UMPC

AMD know better than to launch a new processor without a few slick prototypes to demonstrate it with, and the most eye-catching at Computex has been this dinky UMPC.  Specifications are believed to include a 7-inch touchscreen running at 1024 x 600 and the AMD Turion X2 Ultra 64 with 1GB RAM.  Storage is courtesy of either a 60GB or 80GB hard-drive, while connectivity includes two USB (plus a mini-USB port), audio in/out and VGA out.

Check out the demo video of the device after the cut

Synaptics proximity-sensing Digital Photo Frame concept

Synaptics proximity-sensing Digital Photo Frame concept

Synaptics - who are behind the trackpads found on many notebook computers - have announced the general OEM/ODM availability of their proximity sensors, which up until now have only been available in Microsoft's Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 Bluetooth Keyboard.  The technology recognises user presence and can be linked to controls, backlights and other functionality; in the Microsoft keyboard, for instance, the system goes into standby mode automatically when the user moves away, saving battery life.  Synaptics have created a new digital photo frame, with proximity-controlled touch-sensitive buttons, to demonstrate possible applications.

 

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

The major news this week came out of Google's IO Conference, with the Android team unveiling the latest build of the mobile platform and a slick touchscreen handset to demonstrate it on.  We usually leave cellphone news to our sister sites PHONE Magazine and SlashPhone, but the Android handset - complete with compass-navigated Street View and slick animations - was too good to miss.  Considering the feedback over at Android Community, Google look like they've recaptured any momentum lost since MWC in February.

Dell working on ‘Mini Inspiron’ ultraportable budget notebook

Dell working on ‘Mini Inspiron’ ultraportable budget notebook

Looks like Dell aren't content to see rivals sweep through the budget ultraportable market, and want to pick up some market share themselves.  The company has confirmed - but only just - that it's working on a "mini Inspiron" with no official name, spec list or pricing details.  However Michael Dell himself told Brian Lam that it was intended as "a low-cost notebook meant for developing countries". 

Android touchscreen prototype: Live pictures & video demo!

Android touchscreen prototype: Live pictures & video demo!

We're still waiting for the full details from Vincent at the Google IO Keynote, but we wanted to share these first live photos and video of the latest touchscreen Android prototype.  Things have certainly moved on since the last version of the OS we saw: back then Google basically asked us to look past the slightly clunky GUI and concentrate on the potential.  This time round, there's no squinting necessary!  Graphics, animations, functionality, all is slick and up to speed. 

Check out the Android demo videos after the cut!

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