We can't say we looked at the Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook - with its nifty touchscreen trackpad - and thought "what this needs is a second touchscreen", but then we're not SKY at UMPC Fever. After unboxing the N270-based netbook, he loaded up Windows 7 and then installed a touchscreen layer so as to use handwriting recognition direct onto the 10-inch display.
Video demo after the cut
Sharp's Mebius NJ70A is still too rich for our blood - $1,000 or thereabouts is simply too much to pay for a netbook, no matter how slick its touchscreen trackpad - but that doesn't mean we're not interested in lapping up all the information about the distinctive ultraportable that we can. UMPC Fever have acquired one of the Atom N270 netbooks and promptly shot a video unboxing.
Unboxing video after the cut
Samsung may have managed to get several models from Sharp's TV and monitor ranges banned from import into the US, after convincing the U.S. International Trade Commission that the products infringe one of its patents. The IP refers to LCD display technology, with sets from Sharp's Aquos range of HDTVs named as potentially in violation.
It's Monday morning, so what better way to start the day than with two netbooks most people can't officially buy. Sharp's Mebius NJ70A is one such device, complete with a touchscreen display in place of a traditional trackpad and Intel's Atom N270 CPU, while the 1.86GHz Sony VAIO P25G has the faster Atom Z540 processor currently unavailable through official channels in the US. After the cut there's a boot race video, plus more details on that surprisingly clever touchscreen.
Video demo after the cut
Sharp have been wowing with their display technology at the SID conference; their five-color LCD stands to revolutionize accuracy-dependent industries like graphic design, and now they're hoping to do similar things with mobile displays. The Sharp Memory LCD is intended to drastically cut power requirements of a traditional LCD display by reducing the energy each individual pixel requires to remain in its current state.
Sharp have apparently developed a new five-color LCD that's capable of displaying more than 99-percent of real surface colors. That means that the display is able to show almost all of the colors the unaided human eye can see, including hitherto tricky or impossible shades such as the color of the sea (emerald blue), brass instruments (golden yellow), and roses (crimson red).
Color us frustrated: Sharp have put together a gorgeous mixture of touchscreen, tilting display and full-QWERTY keyboard, and wasted the whole thing by limiting it to e-dictionary and media playback duties. The Sharp RD-PM10 has a 4.3-inch WQVGA touchscreen, FM radio and 8GB of onboard storage, but lacks WiFi or Bluetooth or indeed any sort of internet software.