Tristan Wilkinson, Head of Public Sector, Intel EMEA, said of the new machine: "The new classmate PC design is based on extensive research from over 30 pilot classrooms around the world looking at how students learn, how they use and engage with technology, and how teaching has evolved. The new classmate PC is durable and lightweight, with additional ergonomic features such as rubberized surface for easy grip and a comfortable, low-profile handle that supports a variety of holding and carrying positions. (Source: Adam Hartley, TechRadar)
Tablet PCs may just be approaching the mainstream, but "tablets" in general have been around for years. One sector that never really died out was the rugged tablet, with many working in the field needing a touch-based machine with a chassis that could take a beating. American Industrial Systems (AIS) has been making hardcore tablets for awhile, and the company has an all-new one designed to MIL-STD-810F compliance standard for withstanding shock, drops, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, dust and water. Pretty tough, huh? (Source: Ray Willington, Hot Hardware)
Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by ChrisD Rating: 2.73Comments ()
Here’s the shocker. The first tablet PC was introduced by Microsoft in 2001. OK, it was pen-based, but it was the start. It floundered because nobody understood its purpose, which remains gray-area.
They renamed it a “slate,” but in the PC world, we want our keyboards. That’s the genius of the convertible, a laptop computer with a screen that detaches and becomes a tablet.
Apple’s OK with credit for inventing the form factor. They did the same thing with other technology. The mouse, the personal computer, the iPod and the iPhone come to mind. Apple doesn’t invent, it clones, redesigns, adds sleekness (“Apple panache”) and calls in the marketing department, then the Brinks truck. (Source: Jim Hillibish, CantonRep.com)
Posted Sunday, April 25, 2010 by ChrisD Rating: 2.5Comments ()