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.

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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.

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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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