MacBook Touch & Google Tablet
As far as laptop concepts go, it’s hard to find something truly new. The form remains basically the same, no matter how it functions. But designer Tommaso Gecchelin has come up with a surprising new configuration that combines the best of a notebook, netbook and tablet. His MacBook Touch design can go from the basic screen-and-keyboard layout to a full-size tablet to a two-sided tabletop display with ease. It’s not a dual-screen setup; rather, it’s one flexible touch screen integrated with the as-yet not invented technology called iSpine that will allow it unprecedented flexibility. The designer compares it to the flexibility of the human spine, though we’ve never seen a human spine bend like this.
Although it wasn’t commissioned by Apple and may never end up seeing production, the design is truly a thing of beauty. Imagine having all of these configurations at your fingertips without having to buy multiple devices. When fully extended, the display is the size of a sheet of A4 paper but doesn’t have any “dead” space in the middle; you can even bend it all the way “backwards,” making it an ideal ebook reader. OLED technology is making this type of of device more and more possible.
The Magic Dock, a thin external device that houses the power and USB ports, twists to create a stand on which the computer sits when it’s fully extended. The MacBook Touch would also come with an iPen, an input device that would work much like the stylus of any tablet PC. When in a notebook configuration, the “keyboard” would be an on-screen touch keyboard, much like the one currently in use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. A wireless full-size keyboard would be available as an accessory, also.
Of course, Apple doesn’t typically pick up ideas from third-party designers, but much of what Gecchelin proposes seems to be in line with the way notebook technology is moving. We are increasingly demanding machines that are more portable, more adaptable, and more multi-functional. The bendy, completely customizable display of Gecchelin’s design would allow the sort of freedom that it’s hard to find on any existing laptop, tablet or desktop computer. Even if Apple doesn’t produce it, it seems pretty feasible that we’ll be seeing this type of notebook sometime in the near future.
Google Tablet: Google and HTC’s Next Project vs iSlate?
It appears Apple is not the only company who is mauling their tabletfor the people, there’s a rumor that Google and HTC – the tandem that will bring forth the nexus strike this January, is about to unleash their own tablet as well. The name is not yet disclosed, but whatever it’ll be called (G-tablet, Schmidt’s Pad etc – oups can’t help to give that premonition) alot of speculations are starting to develop with this purported tablet.
iSlate a.k.a iGuide / still unknown tablet of Apple, carryout two freshly baked patents that was said to surprise the users; Google Tablet on the other hand will have all the sauce of Chrome OS, Qualcomm processors and a dash of a new software from Adobe. (Mmm, what could that be? Am i sensing a new Air Product?)
According to smarthouse “HTC, who have been working closely with Google for the past 18 months have several working models of a touch tablet including one model, is based on the new Google Chrome Operating System say sources.”
While everything is still on a stream of uncertainty, there’s a lot of criticism with this rumored release. One is, will BIG G became the Big Jerk for its neighboring companies? – Remember Motorola Droid a.k.a Messiah Phone of Android? With just a short span of three months, the nexus one phone will reach its debut and its ZOMG features is far better than that droid phone with the keyboard. Without a doubt this release will kill the competition with the moto-droid not to mention the ‘pissed-off’ buyers who happens to be stucked on a 2 year contract with Veriz only to find out that there’s a better phone – Nexus One.