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Always Innovating Touch Book, HTC Maple, PSP-4000, The Future According To Microsoft

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Always Innovating (a brand) are working on the Touch Book. It looks like a cross between a netbook and a tablet. You can mount the screen onto the keyboard to make it into a netbook or you can unmount the screen to make it a touchscreen tablet. This is an awesome design and quite futuristic (more on that later). When in the "netbook mode" you can lay out the keyboard and screen flat, so that you can mount it on a fridge, if you'd like. This machine will run using the Linux OS which will drive a few people away from the device. Always Innovating is claiming this device will run for 10 to 15 hours and they also mentioned that it's ARM-powered. It also weighs less than 2 pounds, will ship in the Springtime and will have a starting price tag of $299 USD which, i think, is pretty cheap. You can view the image gallery here, via Engadget.

Another HTC phone being released on WinMo may turn you off, but it's the HTC Maple. It's the successor to the old HTC Cavalier. It has a landscape QWERTY keypad, a trackball, and what HTC is calling the "Inner Circle." It "seems to aggregate communication with people you care about depending on the time of day and day of week." HTC talked a bit about it at MWC, so it would only makes sense that this would be what the hell they were talking about. No price or release date yet.

I'm going to call it the PSP-4000 and not the PSP 2 because the new rumours of the slide-out PSP screen will reportedly have the same hardware. This would necessarily make the "new" PSP a "complete" upgrade. "The screen is supposedly the same as the PSP-3000, with the only difference being that it can slide. When in the 'closed' position, the unit will be 'significantly smaller in width' and most controls will be inaccessible; however, should button-only games like LocoRoco will be playable while in this state." I think this is kind of dumb and my friend points out that Sony should consider placing a second analog stick onto the updated PSP (kind of like how the picture is). The PSP-4000 is rumoured to be released by the end of this year, just in time for Christmas. I think this new PSP is fairly lame, since it will go UMD-less. 100% digital is not for me. I don't like ninja-ing my mom's credit card.

This picture is what Microsoft thinks will be the future. The picture ranges from "lots of Surface action -- extending from tables to walls and beyond." It seems like a pretty expensive concept to me and who knows when this will be available. 3D projectors and touchscreen walls, yeah man. You will even be able to view your stocks on the windows, now how cool is that, right? You can see a video about it here if you scroll down, via Engadget.

Always Innovating Touch Book (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/02/touch-book-from-always-innovating-harbors-removable-tablet-netb/
HTC Maple (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/02/meet-maple-htcs-cavalier-successor-caught-in-the-wild/
PSP-4000 (and picture): http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/02/rumorang-psp-4000-details-leaked/
The Future According To Microsoft (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/02/microsoft-shows-a-glimpse-at-the-future-of-computing-and-the-peo/



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Anonymous said...
March 2, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

Same hardware as the previous PSPs, but with a slide screen. I can guarantee you this device will fail, it can have a 10' sliding screen but it'll fail. The hardware on the PSP needs to be upgraded, the original was released in what...2005? All they've done is add slightly more ram. Internet browsing on my innov8 is faster, hell my innov8 has more ram than a fucking hand held gaming device. Again, CPU needs to be faster, GFX processor needs to be updated, more ram is needed, second analogue stick is needed. Do all of that, and I guarantee you this device will become the new ipod touch, everyone will want one.

But again, knowing companies of today, they won't. I have three words for you.

DUMB FUCKING ASSES.

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Anonymous said...
March 2, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

"Always Innovating"
Are you fucking tickling my balls? Are their marketing department so fucking chink they can't see this as the stupidest thing next to calling it Jesus's Choice Brand In Electronics...

The idea is to take off the fucking screen? THEN WHERE DO FUCK DO YOU PUT THE FUCKING KEYBOARD SECTION? ARM POWERED? MY FUCKING GOD THOSE CPUs ARE SO SLOW IT'S NOT FUNNY. THEY HAVE A HARD TIME RUNNING SYMBIAN ON A FUCKING PHONE AND THESE CHINKS WANT A LAPTOP TO BE POWERED BY IT? YEAH I BET THE BATTERY LASTS 10-15 HOURS, AND YOU'LL BE SITTING THERE FOR 4 HOURS WAITING FOR FUCKING GOOGLE CHROME TO OPEN.

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Unknown said...
March 3, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

Yeah it's kind of stupid that Sony won't update that hardware, kind of old junk inside of that thing. LMAO @ Always Innovating, creative name.

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