Tablet computers are big on the market right now for consumers, and the machines have been on the market for commercial users in specific industries for a while. A company called Xplore has unveiled a new tablet PC that is rugged and aimed at use in clean rooms and other environment that have demanding no contamination needs.
Last week we saw the iPad, Apple’ s hugely controversial tablet. This week? What more than Google’s long-awaited ChromeOS - running on a tablet itself? Looking very tablet-like indeed, these images and a video of prototype OS mock-ups running on 5-10 inch tablets have just surfaced on Google’s ChromeOS User Experience page (Chromium Projects).
Mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the EROS tablet created by the Chinese is given a video demo of sorts today, as we see it pulling its little self together in the eleven minute long video. Performance looks to be on par of an Intel Atom powered netbook. Well that and the sub 2-hr battery life.
Engadget’s got their hands on a Slate PC prototype from Stantum, which comes from a “hacked-up Dell mini 10”. The 10-inches of prime real estate features Stantum's multitouch, ultra-sensitive and pressure-simulating resistive touchscreen technology.
The speculated HTC tablet running Google Chrome OS will have to be put on hold, as HTC’s sales and marketing director claims that the company has halted all work on a planned tablet PC, instead, the corporation will focus on smartphone development, using Google’s Android mobile operating system.
There's no doubting that multitouch is a key buzzword of today, and with the arrival of Windows 7 PCs gain at least software support for two-fingered control. Lenovo have responded by updating their well-esteemed ThinkPad X200 Tablet with Windows 7 and a new, multitouch-friendly display, the former as standard and the latter a paid option. Has the technology come of age, or is it a case of hype overtaking substance? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.