In keyboarding class they taught us the “home row” and that looking at the keys was cheating. And what good did it do? Well, this keyboard is made for us: the hunters and peckers. What you type is displayed on a slim screen at the top of the keyboard, so you can see your mistakes without having to keep looking up.
Originally designed for teenage boys unencumbered by parental control settings on their bedroom PCs, this washable keyboard can be thrown in the sink and scrubbed back to sanitary condition as often as every 5 minutes.
LaCie’s Rugged series hard drives are reliable & built for a beating. Now they’ve shrunken the Rugged down into this little pocket rocket. 16 or 32GB USB 3 models are available featuring construction built to keep your data intact through extreme cold, heat, water, even a 100-meter fall.
Graphic designers, artists, & illustrators, here’s your new pen tablet. But it’s more than that. This 24-inch backlit LED tablet functions as a normal desktop display but also offers multi-positions, an amazing 1-million color chromatic range and the most advanced pen sensitivity technology you can get. Available August 2012.
Designers and artists who use Wacom pen tablets in their creative efforts will appreciate the Modbook Pro. Basically, it’s a MacBook Pro modified into tablet form that features all the sensitivity of the best pen tablets but frees you from the confines of your desk. This powerful Mac-driven tablet with a flush-mounted 13.3-inch display creates a perfectly flat drawing surface and comes with a best-in-class digitzer pen. Available fall 2012.
Google dove headfirst into the tablet market this week with the launch of their Nexus 7. Apparently other Android-driven tablets on the market weren’t cutting it, so Google got into the hardware game. 8GB & 16GB Nexus tablets feature quad-core processors and 7” displays. Built for Google Play, it offers almost unlimited options for media, music, and apps.
If you thought that ‘iPad’ was a ridiculous product name, say hello to the new champion, the Clambook. No, it’s not an adult entertainment device. It’s a sleek aluminum docking device that connects your smart phone to your laptop for a full-size screen experience on your phone. Coming Holiday 2012.
Microsoft made headlines yesterday with the launch of their new Surface Tablet. The big questions: Is it really a business device in disguise? Will its integrated “kickstand”, the 3mm thin keyboard/cover, and the yet unproven Windows RT OS be enough to convince consumers to choose Surface over iPad or even something like the Windows-powered Asus 600? Only time will tell.
Apple just keeps dropping bombs: The next-gen MacBook Pro launched today. Apple’s VP Phil Schiller called the new laptop ‘without a doubt the very best computer that we’ve ever built.’ It’s got a super-sharp Retina display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution, it measures just 0.71-inches thick and weighs 4.46 pounds. The new display delivers higher contrast plus improved viewing angles and reduced glare. 7-hour battery life with 30-day standby. Other specs include 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA Kepler GT 650M graphics, optional 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, & up to 768GB of SSD storage. It is shipping right now.
If you’ve got a Wii console, you’re familiar with motion control video games. They sense your bodily motions or hand gestures to operate games. Until now, Microsoft’s Kinect technology was as good as it got. Now there’s Leap Motion. This new motion control unit is 200 times more accurate than its predecessor & the USB plug-in device is the size of a stick of gum. It tracks the motion of all 10 of your fingers and is accurate up to 1/100th of a millimeter. Hardcore gamers: jump on this limited-release batch of Leap controllers fast or you’ll be left in the dust until the holidays when they do the full launch.