prototypes

Sophia Peartree MID reference design: touchscreen, Atom & SSD

Sophia Peartree MID reference design: touchscreen, Atom & SSD

Sophia isn't a name you'll likely be familiar with, unless Mobile Internet Devices are your bread & butter, but you may nonetheless be interested in their Peartree MID reference design.  On show at CEATEC 2008 today, Ubergizmo got some live shots of the lime-green touchscreen device.  The specs are impressive for the size: an Intel Atom CPU, 4GB SSD storage and 5-inch WSVGA display (1024 x 600) display.

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Microsoft Research Codex: dual OQO touchscreen digital book

Microsoft Research Codex: dual OQO touchscreen digital book

Ken Hinckley, of Microsoft Research, has been working on a dual-touchscreen multi-tasking prototype called Codex, taking two of OQO's Model 2 UMPCs and using intelligent software to manage how information is spread between the displays.  Rather than manually positioning different windows on a single large screen, Ken's concept recognizes that, say, reference and in-progress documents are more appropriately separated for efficiency; it can therefore automatically adjust them to fit the two touchscreens.

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Microsoft Spherical Surface to be shown at DemoFest 2008

Microsoft Spherical Surface to be shown at DemoFest 2008

Microsoft will be demonstrating a spherical version of their multitouch-capable Surface system at the company's Research Faculty Summit 2008 DemoFest, according to their own booth map.  The phrasing suggests that Surface, which is currently a flat table that can respond to multiple points of contact (see our two hands-on demos here and here), has developed into a round display that would be more usable by a larger number of people.

ASUS Trinity triple-GPU video card benchmarked

ASUS Trinity triple-GPU video card benchmarked

When they're not pumping out minute variations in Eee designs, ASUS have been taking the time to throw together some interesting prototypes.  Today's example, the ASUS Trinity, is a proof-of-concept video card that comprises three GPUs; basically, it's three notebook versions of the ATI Radeon HD 3850 fitted into a specially crafted CrossFireX 'board.

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

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