Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Notebooks That Seem Like Tablets

Asustek’s upcoming offering is a hybrid that could alter how notebook computers are made

By YU-TZU CHIU  /  JUNE 2012
Photo: ASUS
TWO FACED: The Asus Taichi has is a hybrid of tablet and ultrathin notebook, with screens on both sides of the lid.

27 June 2012—Much has been made in the past week about Microsoft’s move into producing its own Windows 8–based tablets with Ultrabook-like features. But just two weeks prior, one of the big hits at Computex Taipei 2012—the largest information and communications trade show in Asia—seemed to show that superslim notebooks may be heading in a more tablet-like direction.
At a press event on 4 June, when Asustek chairman Jonney Shih turned a closed ultrathin notebook computer into a tablet with only a touch on the lid, the audience applauded and cheered. Shih described the Asus Taichi as “the perfect fusion of notebook and tablet” with “the best balance between technologies and aesthetics.”
The Asus Taichi, a Windows 8 machine running on an Intel Core processor, is equipped with an LED backlit screen on each side of the lid. While the two screens provide access to the same hardware, they are completely independent and can be used simultaneously. The external screen supports the multitouch features you’d expect from a tablet, and with the lid closed, that’s what you get.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Computex: 3-in-1 Portable Power Device Wins Top Award

YU-TZU CHIU  /  TUE, JUNE 05, 2012

Designers have tapped into two fundamental concerns of the modern human—running out of power for your smartphone and lacking the right cable to charge it up.

An innovative power bank, slightly larger than a tube of lipstick, with an elegant 3-in-1 charge & sync cable, has won the 2012 Computex Best Choice Award, the highest honor presented at Computex Taipei, the largest ICT trade show in Asia.

The PocketCell rechargeable battery bank from Delta Electronics’ consumer brand Innergie can provide extended power to over 10 000 Portable USB-powered devices, such as iPads, iPhones, iPods, HTC, Samsung, and BlackBerry, Android smart phones, media players, and others. The battery bank comes in a stylish one-piece design with an elegant piano-lacquer finish.

According to P. S. Tang, a senior director of Innergie, the PocketCell packs a 3000 mAh rechargeable battery bank into its 72 gram frame, and can extend an iPhone’s talk time to more than 25 hours. It's chipset can figure out what kind of device its recharging power is coming from through the  2.1 amp fast-charging USB port and adjust how the power flows.

“To well protect precise components of mobile devices, there are built-in power protection systems, which offer over current protection, over voltage protection, overheating protection, over power protection, and short circuit protection,” Emilie Yeh of Delta Electronics’ spokesperson said.

Photo: Delta Electronics