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New Netbook Offers Detachable Tablet

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the fun-new-toys dept.

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Engadget is reporting that a new "Touch Book" being previewed at DEMO '09 in California by the company "Always Innovating" promises a new take on mobile computing devices. Touting 10 to 15 hours of battery life, this ARM-powered netbook weighs less than two pounds, but the true magic comes with the detachable screen that can function as a completely stand-alone touchscreen tablet. The machine is currently running a Linux OS with a touchable 3D UI, the entire screen is magnetic for mounting on a metal surface, and the whole package is being projected for less than $300.

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Appearence! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042311)

Even looks nice!

Re:Appearence! (2)

capnkr (1153623) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043209)

Actually, it looks almost just like what the Elonex One [wikipedia.org] was originally supposed to be: a Linux-based netbook/tablet with a removable keyboard. Yet going to the current Elonex site [elonex.com] , it appears they abandoned that unique form factor for something more traditional.

It's interesting, then, that the company in this story calls themselves "Always Innovating"... ;)

Uh oh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042319)

Watch out for Psion!

ARM Netbook (4, Insightful)

hax0r_this (1073148) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042343)

Am I the only one more interested in the ARM part than the screen part?

Re:ARM Netbook (5, Funny)

earls (1367951) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042427)

I thought the LEGS were pretty cool myself.

Re:ARM Netbook (2, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042643)

Lots of ARM netbooks [google.com] out there. It's an obvious market (because of ARM's low power requirements), and a big reason so many netbooks run Linux rather than Windows. Though I suspect serious ARM zealots wish they ran RISC OS!

I'm more intrigued by the use of Linux in a touch screen device. I have a tablet that runs Windows Vista solely because it's the only x86 OS with serious handwriting recognition. I thoroughly despise Vista (nobody despises Vista as much as somebody who's stuck with it) and I'd look very hard at any alternative that seriously exploits the tablet model.

Re:ARM Netbook (4, Insightful)

hax0r_this (1073148) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043555)

Did you read your own link? Every one of those results is about some product that hasn't been released yet. There are no mainstream ARM netbooks available today.

Re:ARM Netbook (1)

catmistake (814204) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043861)

I have a tablet that runs Windows Vista solely because it's the only x86 OS with serious handwriting recognition. I thoroughly despise Vista (nobody despises Vista as much as somebody who's stuck with it) and I'd look very hard at any alternative that seriously exploits the tablet model.

OK. You need to pull your head out of the Microsoft hole at least once every 10 years to see what's really going on out there.

OS X runs on x86. Apple's Inkwell handwriting technology has been around and beloved since the days of Newton (i.e. Apple). No... not perfect. Perhaps Vista's recognition is a little better at the moment... but who cares, OS X pummels Vista in to a quivering mass of junk that it is... and Inkwell IS serious handwriting recognition technology (though takes some tuning).

Apple Inkwell [apple.com]

some bloggers notes about tuning Inkwell [skinyourscreen.com]

Re:ARM Netbook (2, Insightful)

loftyhauser (1149267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043889)

And where is the Apple Tablet PC on which I can use Inkwell?

Re:ARM Netbook (1)

mellon (7048) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042897)

Yes. I am excited about the ARM part, but for me the best part is that you can get it without the keyboard. Meaning that I can just bring my bluetooth keyboard along and use that, with no cable between.

What keeps it from tipping over? (2, Interesting)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043145)

What is in the keyboard? extra port connectors? a dvd players? Obviously it's not the batteries or anything actually required to run.

but it has to be heavy enough not to tip over. Since the batteries are in the screen, the base must be filled with lead?

Re:What keeps it from tipping over? (1)

ribuck (943217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043295)

There's one battery in the screen, and one in the keyboard.

Re:ARM Netbook (2, Informative)

Locutus (9039) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043773)

I've been wondering where the ARM laptops have been since the OLPC came out using the Geode. For this segment, the ARM chips have the advantage in power/performance/price/cooling

From what I've heard, this year we will see many ARM based devices premier. Have you seen any of the youtube videos showing what the low shipping volume $150 BeagleBoard can do? And for the power, it has a decent 3D video subsystem too.

So this thing is WAY cool in my book. Now when can I get a couple?

LoB

Projected for less than $300. (2, Insightful)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042345)

So it should be something like $450 to $600?

Re:Projected for less than $300. (5, Informative)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042461)

That's what I thought. According to this [gizmodo.com] , the display with keyboard sells for $399.

Additionally, the only storage is an 8GB SD card, so adding more extras such as a hard drive will further jack up the cost.

Re:Projected for less than $300. (1)

tulcod (1056476) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042589)

1. this cannot be anything more than a scam
2. maximum SD card size FAIL

but yeah, if they can really pull this off, i guess i'd get one too

Re:Projected for less than $300. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043117)

maximum SD card size FAIL

My WebDT 360 has the same problem, I guess my 8GB transcend SD just showed up today. OTOH it has some USB inside, and I may just go ahead and put my 16GB USB stick in there, too. Regardless, 8 GB is not so bad unless it's your only computer. If the thing has USB2 (yes I am that lazy - but come on, it has to right?) then you can always add on more storage when you actually need it.

Re:Projected for less than $300. (5, Informative)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042877)

acording to their site [alwaysinnovating.com]
its $299 for the tablet (with 3 to 5 hours bat)
its $399 for the tablet + keyboard (with 10 to 15 houts bat)

if only i could get one this side of the pond.

Re:Projected for less than $300. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043655)

When a tablet has no keyboard, I thought it was called a "slate" form factor? So that would be:

$299 for the slate (with 3 to 5 hours battery)
$399 for a tablet with detachable keyboard

Wouldn't it?

Re:Projected for less than $300. (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042943)

So, with all of the major electronic components in the monitor, what keeps it from falling over? Is there a lead brick in the bottom of the keyboard?

Re:Projected for less than $300. (1)

Zashi (992673) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043037)

Gravity Shifting. There's a gravity manipulation nodule in the screen that changes the direction of gravity. /no really

Re:Projected for less than $300. (2, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043187)

Gravity Shifting. There's a gravity manipulation nodule in the screen that changes the direction of gravity. /no really

Yes but it only works in python

import gravity

so you have to hold the machine upright until it boot. And if you put it to sleep it falls over.

Re:Projected for less than $300. (2, Informative)

smallfries (601545) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043141)

Yes. It's called a battery

Re:Projected for less than $300. (0)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043347)

So, with all of the major electronic components in the monitor, what keeps it from falling over? Is there a lead brick in the bottom of the keyboard?

Yes. It's called a battery

If this is true, I want to know how they get electricity from the keyboard to the tablet with no wires.

Re:Projected for less than $300. (3, Insightful)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043683)

[sigh] There's another battery in the screen

Re:Projected for less than $300. (1)

bgerlich (1035008) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042669)

They are taking preorders [alwaysinnovating.com] . The tablet part by itself costs 299$, the tablet + keyboard (netbook) is 399$. The shipping is supposedly included in the price.

Beagle Board in a box? (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042351)

Not shipping yet, but it looks like it's heavily based on the BeagleBoard. That would mean it had a 600MHz OMAP3530, which is quite reasonable. It's close to twice the price that's been announced for similar systems built around a 1GHz i.MX515 (both chips have an ARM Cortex A8 CPU core, a DSP and an OpenGL ES 2.0-compatible GPU core). It looks like it will ship after the Pandora, which has a similar form factor and is built around the same chip.

Not particularly newsworthy in itself, but it's nice to see that a lot of ARM-based computers are starting to hit the market.

Re:Beagle Board in a box? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042653)

Do these other systems you're talking about have touch screens? Do you have a link?

Re:Beagle Board in a box? (1)

musicalwoods (1115347) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043339)

Do these other systems you're talking about have touch screens? Do you have a link?

Here are those links.
http://beagleboard.org/ [beagleboard.org]
http://openpandora.org/ [openpandora.org]

The OpenPandora project has a 4.3" touchscreen (at 800x480) and is really exciting to follow. I'll probably purchase their second batch. Many of the indie game developers for the system are testing on the BeagleBoard while waiting for the Pandora to actually ship as the two platforms are so similar hardware-wise. Full specs available through the links.

Re:Beagle Board in a box? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043893)

The Pandora does, but it's not exactly a netbook. http://openpandora.org

So, it's a tablet that docks to a keyboard (1)

maotx (765127) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042355)

I'm more interested in the $300 price tag, though still doesn't do much good without a set of specs to go with it.

However, I do like the idea of it being magnetic mountable to a refrigerator.

Re:So, it's a tablet that docks to a keyboard (1)

musicalwoods (1115347) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043391)

I'm more interested in the $300 price tag, though still doesn't do much good without a set of specs to go with it. However, I do like the idea of it being magnetic mountable to a refrigerator.

Here are those specs:

9.4" x 7" x 1.4" for 2 lbs (with keyboard)
ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip
1024x600 8.9'' screen
Storage: 8GB micro SD card
Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth
3-dimensional accelerometer
Speakers, micro and headphone
6 USB 2.0 (3 internal, 2 external, 1 mini)
10h to 15 hours of battery life

It is probably the same chip in the BeagleBoard and OpenPandora, so ARM Cortex-A8 at 600MHz that can go up to 900MHz with PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware.

Re:So, it's a tablet that docks to a keyboard (1)

musicalwoods (1115347) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043839)

Update from Gizmodo info:

256MB RAM
600 MHz TI OMAP3 processor (like I suspected)
Future plans for GPS and 3G connectivity


So yeah, it looks like a Pandora or BeagleBoard with a different form factor. I like.

Re:So, it's a tablet that docks to a keyboard (1)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043413)

As long as it has a whiteboard or equilivalent program...

Hey, if you can hijack Netbook as a name... (0, Flamebait)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042357)

Then does that mean its ok for everyone else to start calling their website slashdot, so long as they have a slightly different domain name?

Re:Hey, if you can hijack Netbook as a name... (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042565)

Because I want my URL to match the name, I've opted not to copy the name outright but tweak it slightly so I'm working on dashslot.org.

Re:Hey, if you can hijack Netbook as a name... (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042811)

Psion didn't do anything to protect the Netbook trademark when people started calling the EeeeeeeeeeeePC a Netbook, so I doubt it's still valid anymore.

Re:Hey, if you can hijack Netbook as a name... (2)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043113)

Oh, apparently they are suing over it. I missed that somehow.

kewl (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042367)

Now thats pretty nifty.

I'll have two thanks.

Love & kissy

Outcast

Add a GPS... (1)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042433)

Add a GPS, and maybe XM-WX weather, and this would make an AWESOME Electronic Flight Bag!

Re:Add a GPS... (1)

TeXMaster (593524) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043273)

Add a GPS

and you can forget about the 10 hours battery.

Re:Add a GPS... (1)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043667)

Is there any EFB out there that doesn't require plugging into the cigarette lighter?

Holy saucer separation, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042443)

Holy saucer separation, Batman!

It runs Ninnle! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042451)

People are standing up and taking notice of this one. This new netbook is one of the first to run the latest version of Ninnle Linux, this one tailored specifically for netbooks.

Re:It runs Ninnle! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042477)

I've never heard of Ninnle Linux. What's the website number?

Re:It runs Ninnle! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042687)

It comes up easily on Google.

Re:It runs Ninnle! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042697)

Nothing [google.com] . Move along.

Re:It runs Ninnle! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043173)

Just because YOU haven't managed to find it...

Meh... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042515)

A detachable keyboard would be better.

Removable Keyboard, not Screen? (4, Insightful)

mhall119 (1035984) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042553)

From the looks of it, I think it's more accurate to say this comes with a removable keyboard, rather than a removable screen.

All the ports are on the screen half, and it's twice as thick as the keyboard half.

Re:Removable Keyboard, not Screen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042627)

I'm not good at maths but how can 2 * .5 + .5 = 1?

Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042899)

Halves as in two parts. The screen part accounts for two thirds of the total thickness, and the keyboard part for the other third.

Re:Removable Keyboard, not Screen? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042767)

All the ports are on the screen half, and it's twice as thick as the keyboard half.

That could be unfortunate: if the screen is heavier than the keyboard, it would very easily tip over when being used in a normal laptop configuration. Maybe they put ballast under the spacebar?

Re:Removable Keyboard, not Screen? (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042837)

They put a second battery in the keyboard. It claims to get around 3 times the battery life with the keyboard attached, so I'd imagine the battery in the screen part is smaller.

Re:Removable Keyboard, not Screen? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042957)

Oh, that was smart. Now I like the thing even more!

Re:Removable Keyboard, not Screen? (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043237)

I see that as a good thing, netbooks end up being quite thick, just look at the new Classmate, and that's not very good for ergonomics. At least my dell mini has a bit of a tilt, lowering the angle my hands have to make when typing, but an ultra-flat keyboard like in this construction could be even better. I do expect some difference between reality, and what is now presented as a render and estimated price. Still, the idea is so cool, I'd buy it if it manages to stay below 500 euro.

SI units...... (2, Informative)

mrphoton (1349555) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042575)

For anybody who is wondering/(not living in the 1800s) two pounds is equal to 0.90718474 kilograms.

Re:SI units...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042777)

thank you, you saved me from these imperial overlords.

Re:SI units...... (1)

mrphoton (1349555) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042913)

Your welcome, I was just wondering what two pound meant. As it turns out is is just under the mass of a bag of sugar, that is if you buy your sugar in 1Kg bags that is.

Re:SI units...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043359)

is that conversion (and insult) really necessary? we all know 2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram. it doesn't take much effort to decide that 2 pounds is somewhere around .9 kg.

Re:SI units...... (1)

YttriumOxide (837412) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043739)

we all know 2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram

Actually, without asking Google (or similar), I don't generally memorise conversions like that (I have never used imperial measurements in my life), so no, we don't all know that.

Re:SI units...... (1)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043493)

Be fair the UK only really got rid of traditional measures in the last 40 years (decimilisation was 1971)...

Re:SI units...... (0, Troll)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043849)

...really? 0.90718474? Did you EVER take a science class? You can't add all that extra precision because it doesn't exist in the original measure. It would have been easier and much more correct to say "around 1kg"

Kinky. (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042605)

It has a touch interface, weighs a little less than two pounds, detachable, stand-alone, and the whole package.... Mmm, nothing about the length. Oh, wait... It's for a tablet PC. Damn.

Re:Kinky. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042765)

For a woman on a male-dominated website, you are acting awfully lonesome...

Re:Kinky. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042829)

"Girl In Training" - Training to be a girl.

Go ahead, take your chances.....

Re:Kinky. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042841)

"she" is a pre-op tranny. The dude parts are coming off this summer.

Getting closer... (3, Insightful)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042621)

I for one have been waiting...and waiting for this rather obvious extension of the data device metaphor. Basically, an Ipod touch that has about 4-5x the screen size would be exactly what I (and by extension everyone else) want. Shall I go out on a limb and coin the term "net tablet" right now?

Re:Getting closer... (1)

RabidMoose (746680) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042809)

I think that "nettab" has a better ring to it, but otherwise I'm right there with you.

Re:Getting closer... (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043169)

I'll stick with Tabnet, thanks. This way I can imagine evil diet cola overlords.



I'd welcome 'em...

Re:Getting closer... (1)

n1hilist (997601) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042945)

I've been dying for something like this too, I have terrible eyes and cannot read small printed text easily anymore. Having a portable, Linux-enabled large screen that can read HTML/PDF with white-on-black text would be perfect.

Re:Getting closer... (1)

leoc (4746) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043067)

Basically, an Ipod touch that has about 4-5x the screen size would be exactly what I (and by extension everyone else) want.

Hell no. I own an iPod Touch 16GB and if this thing were shipped with the iPod's closed, buggy and brain-dead operating system, I'd avoid it like the plague. The only feature I would want to share with the iPod is the multi-touch support.

Re:Getting closer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043073)

Same here. I've been dreaming of a net tablet for years now. It's even priced right! Just add a bedpan and I'll never have to leave the recliner again!

Add "inter" to the beginning... (3, Informative)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043565)

Shall I go out on a limb and coin the term "net tablet" right now?

Add "inter" to net tablet, and you get a Nokia N800/N810.

Psion has a new netbook? (1)

rcamans (252182) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042709)

Are you sure?

Magnetic, eh? (2, Funny)

InvisibleClergy (1430277) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042727)

I accidentally your entire hard drive, is this bad?

Re:Magnetic, eh? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042875)

This thing uses flash memory, not a hard drive.

Re:Magnetic, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042917)

Yes, but people were talking about how stuff like "adding a hard drive" would jack up the cost. A hard drive simply isn't an option. Frankly, I'd get it if it came with a non-magnetic option.

Re:Magnetic, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043501)

Frankly, I'd get it if it came with a non-magnetic option

Like what? All flash memory is more sensitive to magnets than a hard drive. At least hard drives are insulated some what.

Re:Magnetic, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043015)

That's OK. I accidentally part of your post.

What about the TC1100? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042763)

I know the TC1100 isn't a netbook, but it had the detachable tablet screen in 2004. Great little machine, I just bought one. Wish HP never killed it.

Better Netbook (1)

Halifax Samuels (1124719) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042783)

This looks like something I'd really like to get. I may actually replace my Eee PC with something like this if the price point remains the same as projected. The magnetic option seems neat. Slap it onto an appropriate surface and throw on a video. Now I need to install a metal plate onto my wall just above my desktop monitor...

Why are clamshell handhelds now "netbooks"? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042785)

When IBM and HP came out with clamshell handhelds, we didn't call them "netbooks". Who came up with this new terminology?

Re:Why are clamshell handhelds now "netbooks"? (1)

jlebrech (810586) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042827)

psion, apparently. i think it was the series 7.

Re:Why are clamshell handhelds now "netbooks"? (3, Funny)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042855)

Psion, apparently (seeing as how it's suing everyone else using the word).

Re:Why are clamshell handhelds now "netbooks"? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043825)

Hm... guess they've got a pretty good case then.

Can't resist translating... (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042819)

"10-12 hours battery life" = static display, guessing 3-4 hours battery life if actually browsing the web or watching a video.

"whole package for $300" = $529.95 at launch, settling down to $450 or so when the smoke clears.

"Spring of this year" = limited quantities shipping in August 2009, hey, isn't that spring in New Zealand?

Re:Can't resist translating... (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043205)

hey, isn't that spring in New Zealand?

No, in Tasmania.

Wait a second... (1, Informative)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27042973)

A magnetic case?

I don't know about everyone else, but having magnetic objects anywhere near digitally stored data devices was, to the best of my knowledge, a very bad idea.

Did these guys forget about all that, or did they find a solution?

Even if the device itself is immune to the effects of a strong magnetic field, what about the other machines you hook it up to, say, for example, a USB external HDD?

What am I missing here?

Re:Wait a second... (5, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043155)

You are missing the fact that this is not 1995 anymore, and people don't carry floppy disks or tapes around in their pockets. The only commonly-used magnetic media are hard disks, which are sufficiently shielded not to be affected by small magnets near them, and this device uses solid state storage so has no problems with magnetic fields.

Re:Wait a second... (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043377)

I understand your worry and see that you understand the device by itself is due to having an SSD is impervious to this problem.
From real-life experience I must say the theoretical danger of such magnets near a old-fashioned HD is just that, theoretical.

I've been moving a nice magnet over a Floppy Disk and wasn't able to do any damage.
Having the same disk exposed to a rapidly changing (Hi-Frequency) magnetic field might be a different kettle of fish...

Re:Wait a second... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043401)

You realize modern hard drives have a small Neodymium magnet in the case itself, right? It takes a fairly powerful magnet (on the power of a degaussing coil) to wipe a hard drive these days. In other words, you have to try.

Re:Wait a second... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043549)

I concur with TheRaven64; there is no need to worry about magnets and modern computing equipment being in close proximity. Sticking a neodymium magnet to the side of a hard drive WILL NOT erase the data on it. See http://www.cobolhacker.com/?p=488 ; the writer stuck a pile of high-strength magnets directly on an HD for 16 hours with no data loss.

Now that we have LCD screens, we don't even need to worry about the effect of magnets on monitors:)

back to 2000 with the tc1100 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27042995)

see the HP TC 1100 [google.com] , a tablet with detachable keyboard, wifi , bluetooth

probably the best tablet formfactor so far
now discontinued (unfortunately) as HP didnt realise how nice it was at the time
i hope they bring it back

EMR platform? (3, Insightful)

Ironica (124657) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043059)

Now I really want to find EMR solutions that will run on Linux. This would be a *perfect* piece of hardware for a clinic setting... if the whole EMR industry wasn't so infatuated with MS. (The reps from NextGen seem to think that MySQL is a dodgy, fly-by-night operation next to their MSSQL server.)

Re:EMR platform? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043643)

indeed, it would! exactly my thinking...

Nothing real to show ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043251)

All I see in TFA are computer renderings of a concept and bunch of claims about price and performance. Wake me up when they show a working prototype of it.

Stop calling it that!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27043495)

Seriously, stop calling it a NetBook (TM)! -Psion

$300 is just for the tablet (1)

NightFears (869799) | more than 5 years ago | (#27043615)

$300 is just for the tablet. "The whole package" costs $400, according to the pre-order page [alwaysinnovating.com] .
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