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Prototypes from COMDEX 2000

Prototypes from COMDEX 2000 - PCSTATS
Abstract: Who doesn't like to see the coolest gadgets to hit the high-tech market? I know we do! We've compiled a gallery of the coolest innovations that caught our attention at COMDEX 2000.
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External Mfg. Website: Comdex 2000 Nov 27 2000   Max Page  
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Sub-notebooks and the tablet screen VAIO

Notebooks and ultra portable sub-notebooks were probably the biggest region of interest at COMDEX this year. In this instance we could see one of the new VAIO notebooks (on the left) and the much talked about VAIO C1VN - the worlds' first Transmeta Crusoe based computer to hit retail shelves. Shown here connected via wireless LAN, we were able to get a hold of one of the units to test out for a few minutes. While the keyboard takes a few seconds to get used to, the Crusoe-based C1VN never gets more than just warm, a big difference from its Intel-based counterparts.

Probably one of the coolest VAIO devices to make its debut at COMDEX was this tablet-flat screen hybrid. In normal situations when using a tablet an artist draws blindly on the tablet and looks at the screen. In this fully-functional prototype, an artist can draw directly upon the screen by use of a stylus, see the effects, and make instant changes. The stylus can of course write on the screen as the above picture demonstrates, but an "eraser" attachment also enables instant erasing. A protective cover over the keyboard gives support to the wrists, and additionally folds into itself to give wrist support while typing is being done. Unfortunately the unit is desk-bound, and not designed to be held in the lap. Sony tells us they expect this VAIO to hit stores by Quarter 1, 2001.

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Contents of Article: Comdex 2000
 Pg 1.  Prototypes from COMDEX 2000
 Pg 2.  Dual screen cell phones, DVD player, digital
 Pg 3.  Sony's VAIO desktop music station
 Pg 4.  Dual flat screens, and home ent. server
 Pg 5.  Memory stick enabled cell phones
 Pg 6.  GPS memory sticks and MiniDisks
 Pg 7.  — Sub-notebooks and the tablet screen VAIO
 Pg 8.  VAIO prototype notebooks
 Pg 9.  5mm thick 2GB PCMCIA hard drive
 Pg 10.  Toshiba browsing pad
 Pg 11.  Toshiba large format e-book
 Pg 12.  TV remote with display
 Pg 13.  Super thin batteries and digital camera concepts
 Pg 14.  Sexy cases and sub-notebooks
 Pg 15.  Prototype IA devices
 Pg 16.  MP3 and CDRW units from Iomega
 Pg 17.  6GB Mp3 player and chilled server
 Pg 18.  New heatsink concepts

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