Feeds

Intel builds laptop into surfboard

Truly daft Wi-Fi beach project

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Intel has done something truly daft, and built a laptop into a surfboard. The "Oh, now you can really surf the Web" kind of gags are just too tempting in this case, so we thought we'd steer clear of them and focus on the kit.

As well as a tablet PC, the 9ft Wi-Fi longboard also has built in solar panels and a video camera. The tablet has a wireless chip, a 1.7Ghz processor and a 80Gb hard drive. It is protected from the sea by a specially designed waterproof casing made of a tough but lightweight tray with a silicone seal, a crystal PVC cover and an aluminium gasket, The BBC reports.

Intel says that even though it is all a bit of a giggle, it has tried to incorporate the computer into the board without messing with the ride. Pro surfer Duncan Scott is set to try it out - via a hotspot on the beach - at the GoldCoast Oceanfest at Croyde beach in North Devon this weekend.

Gives you something to do while waiting for your set wave, we suppose. ®

Related link

Pictures and the full BBC story are here, to prove we're not making this nonsense up.

Related stories

Penguins come to Wimbledon
Rawhide gets taste of the Wi-Fi cowboy
Wi-Fi yak farmers liberated by Net

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS
Threaderick the Great! And YES, we asked the Arapaho
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?
Not lobbed at your head, silly – a bling phone
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.