Intel restyles laptop as wireless fashion accessory
Cable-less connectivity, charging
IDF Say hello to Intel's latest portable PC concept: the "metro notebook", an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop for the ladies. Designed to be carried over the shoulder, the sub-0.7in thick, 1kg device sports an always-on secondary display for fast info updates.
The Core 2 Duo-based machine's small screen is a colour non-volatile e-ink display that continues to show content - email, calendar entries, eBooks, etc - even when the power's cut. The e-ink screen is mounted on a leather wrap-around cover which connects to the laptop through a dock connector that's also capable of hosting USB traffic.
The unit's primarily designed for entirely wireless communications with reconfigurable antennae able to switch between the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and WiMAX links the laptop's envisaged to maintain.
Intel also said it envisages the machine shipping with a inductive connection-less charging pad, allowing the batteries of phones and PDAs to be recharged just by placing them on the notebook.
I love lightweight computers and I love e-Ink. Trouble is all these things are five times as expensive as they should be, so no-one buys them. This will be the same.
I'm still waiting for a 1kg laptop with a decent (primary) display and a decent base price. Something in the $700 range in the US.
Lots of mobile activities (note taking, reading, surfing) don't need state-of-the-art processor power, and anyway processors are too fast nowadays anyway.
I dunno if a secondary screen is the right answer, or if it's a tablet style flip-around screen, but getting the weight down so it can be comfortably carried is critical. 1kg is a great target.
While the idea is sound and maybe workable, it just wouldnt be feasible over here!!!
It would damn well be robbed!!!
You can just see someone buying one then never taking it outside in case they get mugged!!!
And given it's size and weight i cannot see it having any serious multi-tasking or processing power... so it would just be an overgrown PDA really... Unless Intel have a spec list for us to browse and laugh at?
Anyone else agree???