Feeds

US company touts Windows Vista fridge magnet

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

California-based Ricavision has thrown itself into the spirit of Windows Vista SideShow technoology - you know, the mini display that operates as an adjunct to main screens, even when host computer its powered down. This week, the company should three gagdets it hopes to bring to market.

Ricavision Windows Vista SideShow fridge magnet
Ricavision MK140 digital 'fridge magnet

The MK140 is an electronic notepad that sticks magnetically to the front of a fridge. Why a 3.5in 320 x 240 LCD is mor effective than a bunch of Post-Its is anyone's guess, but if there sufficient Stateside consumers with money to burn, why not offer them a lighter?

Ricavision's E-Reader makes more sense, as a Windows-friendly alternative to the likes of Sony's Personal Reader PRS-500. It connects wirelessly to a Vista PC to grab e-books then display them on its e-ink screen.

Ricavision Windows Vista SideShow E-Chatter
Ricavision MK140 digital instant messaging gadget

Last but not least is anothe MK140, this time called the E-Chatter. It looks like the other MK140, but sports a 5in widescreen display with a WQVGA resolution, which is probably 480 x 240, but since it's not a standard, who can truly say? Whatever, again it's a wireless gizmo, this time designed to allow users to read and write emails, and engage in instant messaging conversations away from their desktop but without having to go the whole hog and buy a UMPC.

Ricavision Windows Vista SideShow E-Reader
Ricavision MK140 digital e-reader

Ricavision didn't provide any other details up front - when the products will go on sale, how much they'll cost etc - but Microsoft was on hand with a quotation to the effect that it's "impressed with Ricavision's capabilities". What for, we'll leave to you, dear reader...

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.