With CES 2010 positively dripping with new tablets, it seems a whole lot more legitimate to get excited over concept designs like the Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet. To be fair, we’re not the white-coated target market designer Geoffrey Cooper presumably had in mind when he came up with this doctor’s companion, but the curvaceous form-factor and wipe-clean chassis are certainly blogger friendly.
Cooper envisages medical staff wandering the hospital halls with these tablets, using voice and handwriting recognition – together with on-screen keyboards – to interact with digital patient records. Rather than have a number of stationary desktop PCs, instead the hospital would have a number of keyboard base-stations which would wirelessly recharge the tablet together with offering a traditional QWERTY ‘board for speedier note entry.
We’re particularly enamoured by the integrated hand-strap on the back of the Rx Medical Tablet, which looks like it would also work as a pretty decent carry handle. Unfortunately Cooper doesn’t appear to have any official connection to Toshiba, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to see this in production.