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CES 2009: ASUS Shared Computing Concept

CES 2009: ASUS Shared Computing Concept

If the Eee Keyboard is a concept ASUS could pretty easily bring to market, their Shared Computing Concept is slightly more left-field.  Designed around an origami theme, the notebook has a quad-fold format whereby the screen and keyboard sections fold into - and cover - the hardware.  More interesting than the physical design, however, is the software; ASUS are really pushing the idea of collaborative working.

The software emphasizes shared experiences, either online or locally.  For instance the laptop can be folded flat for two people to work at, or two of the devices can be pushed back-to-back and automatically interfaced.  In one video demo, four people were shown collaborating on a presentation, sorting images and charts together while communicating through instant messaging.

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HP Voodoo Firefly concept gaming notebook gets hands-on

HP Voodoo Firefly concept gaming notebook gets hands-on

As monstrous beasts of laptops go, HP Voodoo's prototype Firefly certainly stomps its way near the top.  Intended to demonstrate some of the innovation coming out of the hardcore gaming team, the Firefly pairs a 17.1-inch 1920 x 1200 main display with a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 sub-display underneath (similar to the Fujitsu N7010), together with Intel's 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, a pair of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs running in CrossFire mode, and a 7,200rpm 250GB hard drive.  That's comfortably enough to run Far Cry 2 with its graphics set to max.

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Quanta Optical Touch works with Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Quanta Optical Touch works with Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Quanta has been demonstrating multitouch touch-sensitive displays using an optical recognition system rather than the more common capacitive or resistive panels.  The technology, which the company calls Optical Touch, relies on two cameras embedded into the top left and right corners of the display, which track the user's fingers.  It will be compatible with the multitouch functionality coming as standard in Windows 7.

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HP flexible, unbreakable TFT display demonstrated

HP flexible, unbreakable TFT display demonstrated

HP and Arizona State University have demonstrated what they're calling the first prototype of "affordable, flexible electronic displays".  Constructed using the self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) technology invented by HP Labs, the display also uses E Ink’s Vizplex bi-stable electrophoretic imaging film that requires no power to maintain an image; the end result is a low-power, low-manufacturing-cost display suitable for color text and graphics.

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WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

It's always interesting to see the various iterations of a gadget's design, before it reaches the shelves in all its shiny splendor, and today it's the family album of WowWee's Rovio mobile WiFi webcam robot.  Released at the beginning of October, the Rovio hasn't always had its Stealth Bomber-style, as these balsa prototypes from RoboCommunity prove.

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW and NXP Semiconducters have announced what they're calling the world's first multi-functional car key.  Currently in prototype form, the key features contactless payment, personalized access control and public transport e-ticketing for when you've left your 7-Series in the parking lot.  Future functionality could include general shopping, paying for gas, parking fees and road tolls.  Using the same credit-card form-factor as other contactless car keys, the BMW prototype aims to replace not only your keys but your cash.

 

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