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The Asus AIRO has a convection-cooled chassis (no fans!) with a functional sliding mechanism to allow heat to dissipate from underneath the keyboard. It has this killer architectural/futuristic feel. The raised keyboard must be quite ergonomic and yes, I happen to like the purple lights. But alas, it is only a shell! [via Engadget]


I really wish I was at Vegas right now, running around CES 2009. Sigh.


Jeff Han founded Perceptive Pixel to develop and market the most advanced multi-touch systems in the world. Above is the official demo. All I have to say is, HOT DAMN – that’s the stuff of dreams! 

Imagine coupling Perceptive Pixel’s systems with Intel’s Minority-Report-esque 3D translucent touchscreen wall at CES 2009!!! I can’t wait until multi-touch user interfaces go mainstream.

I guess I should also mentionMicrosoft Surface, the first commercially-available surface computing platform as of 2007.

Surface computing is:

  • Direct Interaction: Users can actually “grab” digital information with their hands – interacting with content by touch and gesture, without the use of a mouse or keyboard.
  • Multi–Touch: Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger like with a typical touch–screen, but up to dozens of items at once.
  • Multi–User: The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people to gather around Microsoft Surface together, providing a collaborative, face–to–face computing experience.
  • Object Recognition: Users can place physical objects on the display to trigger different types of digital responses; in the future, this will include the ability to transfer digital content.

Sony VAIO P Series – 8″ LED backlit 1600 x 768 display, ~1.5 lbs. Up to 60GB hard drive or 128GB SSD. Up to 4 hours battery life, 8 hours with larger capacity battery. 2GB RAM. Windows Vista. Starting at $899. [Hands-on review of the VAIO P @ EnGadget

Whoa, a trackpoint? I never learned how to use one of those things properly. The VAIO P is interesting. Sans trackpad, the laptop has much less depth (reminds me of a clutch), while keeping a wider screen and keyboard. I have to wonder if the most convenient place for a trackpad is underneath the keyboard (it leaves a chunk of empty space). Why not make the screen even wider, and stick a multi-touch trackpad to the right of the keyboard? It could double as a numeric keypad and for right-handers, it’s on the same side as a mouse.


Dell Adamo – The ultrathin luxury laptop brand was officially unveiled. Specs, pricing not available. Dell’s making a design statement with the Adamo, which (gasp) has a slim charger. So far, I like. [Hands-on gallery @ Engadget, more prototype photos @ AnandTech]


HP Voodoo Envy 133 – The Dell Adamo really reminded me of HP’s Envy 133 laptop, which was unveiled in mid 2008. 3.4 lbs, 0.7″ thick.


Dell Mini 10 – Built-in TV tuner, mobile broadband, & GPS!!! I should probably get a digital TV tuner myself…hm. 

Dell also announced a partnership deal with AT&T that will allow users to buy a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (MSRP $499) for $99 with a 2 year Internet service contract from AT&T. [via eWeek]

Dell’s industrial designers have been on point lately. The sleek new Studio XPS 16 is niiice.

Dell’s Mystery ‘Adamo’ Could Be Thinner Than Air” – A recent dig through Dell’s trademarks turned up a couple of curiosities – “Adamo” and “Adamo by Dell.”According to the documents, the trademarks cover computer hardware, including possibly desktops and laptops. 

Aesthetically, it’s doubtful that Dell’s Adamo could rival the Air, but Dell could easily manufacture something thinner & lighter than Apple. It’s about time that Dell’s image receives a serious overhaul. Their products well regarded for function and affordability, but their products have a reputation for being large and clunky. Dell’s VP of consumer sales and marketing said it himself, “I think we need to get some iconic products out there, so people associate Dell’s brand with other things.” I can’t wait to see what Dell comes out with.

According to an anonymous source, Dell plans to market the machine as the “world’s thinnest laptop,” and it’s definitely going after Macbook Air market share. Adamo was slated to be released this month, but has been pushed back until at least February.

Apple will unveil netbooks next month, says analyst
Citing evidence that included the gloomy economy, climbing sales of the least-expensive laptops and comments CEO Steve Jobs made in October, Gottheil said Apple would show a pair of netbooks at January’s conference…

The above is highly unlikely, but a fun thought. Consumers have gone to great lengths to run MacOSX on their netbooks. Apple should join the market and introduce some sort of ultraportable to fill in the $300-$800 price gap. Boing Boing Gadgets put together the “Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart” in case you wanted to make a netbook “hackintosh.”

Asus to launch touchscreen, dual core, and cheap Eee PCs – One word. AWESOME!!!!

More Info on the Asus S101, The MacBook Air that You Can Actually Afford – The Asus S101 is a oxymoron, a “high end” netbook. Not a fan of the color scheme. At that price I’d probably step up and get the new MacBook.

EeePC 1002HA hits stores – Asus is insane, they’ve blown through so many models from the original 7″ EeePC 700s to now. Apparently Asus does not plan to go larger than a 10″ screen.

It’s a mega-mini — Dell’s Inspiron Mini 12 – This blurs the line between a conventional laptop & a netbook. I have to admit, Dell’s aesthetics are improving. The Mini 9 & 12 are cute!

Review: a weekend with the HP Mini 1000 netbook – I wanted to get my hands on the 10″ from HP, but Costco didn’t have any out on display.

Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC: The Touch Netbook to Emulate
Touchscreens on their netbooks should be standard, since there’s issues with the undersized keyboards. There’s a guy on eBay (Fido-Dido) that sells the modded Asus EeePCs & Aspire Ones & touch panel kits so you can install them yourself.

Coby to intro sub-$100 “Midget PC” – An even lower end netbook?

Apple Exploring 3D Desktop and Application Interfaces – Dozens of Apple patent applications were published today revealing research that Apple had done in 2007 on many topics encompassing future versions of Mac OS X. The most intriguing is a series of patent applications which describe a “Multidimensional” user interface.

Rumor: Zune Phone Is Coming to CES 2009 – A what?

HP to unveil a flexible plastic display prototype – Reminds me of E-ink displays. Can these be used in netbooks?

Sennheiser announces wireless, unconnected ear buds – I can see these getting lost easily. Would I want to have to charge my earphones?

Citroen have designed the Hypnos, a diesel-electric hybrid concept car – The interior is crazy!

Blagojevich Denies Any Criminal Wrongdoing via NYTimes
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, who has been accused of scheming to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, said on Friday that he would not resign and insisted that he had done nothing wrong.

Bush Announces Deal to Stave Off Bankruptcy By Automakers via NYTimes
President Bush announced $13.4 billion in emergency loans to prevent the collapse of General Motors and Chrysler, and another $4 billion available for the hobbled automakers in February, with the entire bailout conditioned on the companies undertaking sweeping reorganization plans to show that they can return to profitability quickly.