While I was down in Folsom, the IT Innovation Center was pretty much my “home base” – Phil Tierney, the guy who manages the place, let me hang out and play with all of the cool toys, plus our IT@Intel Blogger meeting was held there, too. I had wanted to do a video tour of the center, Channel 9-style, but Phil’s schedule was busy, and it didn’t work out. Next time, for sure!
You can see all 55 of the photos I shot in this photoset on Flickr. Lots of cool things to see, but naturally, I gravitated to the several UMPCs that were in use in the various displays. I finally got to put my hands on the TabletKiosk eo7210 UMPC, and I was very impressed. It felt much smaller in my hands than my Asus R2H, though the dimensions show it’s not that much of a difference.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the set.
The “digital living room” has a very nice Media Center/Viiv PC setup with lots of cool toys (like video from a webcam that shows you who’s at the door when someone rings the doorbell). I didn’t get much time to play here – I was busy fondling the UMPCs and other gadgets. 🙂
Here is a very interesting Intel vPro PC form factor – it’s kind of bent at an angle. Never seen one like that before. It had a very nice glossy black and white acryic (I assume) finish, and was actually quite cool to the touch (I expected it to be at least a little warm).
Here’s the “digital fridge” in the kitchen, with a PC and display embedded in the front door. it appeared to be running Windows Media Center, though I admit I didn’t play much with it. There are lots of cool possibilities once your fridge is a PC and has internet access. Log on to it from the store on your cell phone and see what you’re out of! 🙂 More photos of the fridge, and other cool gadgets in the kitchen (including a Roku Soundbridge and an LCD TV with D-Link HD Media Player) in the Flickr set.
I really love this little NEC Tablet PC. It’s SO thin and light! Talk about the perfect form factor. I’d take one of these over a UMPC-sized device in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, this unit was dead – Phil said the NEC guys looked at it, and couldn’t bring it back. Bummer. 🙁 You can’t buy these in the U.S., and they’re spendy on eBay (not to mention a little underpowered, compared to today’s tablets). But dang if I don’t really, really want one. 😉
I took quite a few shots of this TabletKiosk eo7210 UMPC. Almost a full “hardware review” worth. I really like the design and feel of the device – possibly the best out of the UMPCs I’ve used so far. Feature-wise, it’s akin to my Asus R2H, but it doesn’t have integrated GPS (it does have a 60GB hard drive, integrated webcam, and SD slot). It also uses a Pentium M 1.0 GHz processor, which, in addition to being more powerful than the Celeron 900MHz CPU in my Asus and in the Samsung Q1, the Pentium M can “SpeedStep” to slow down the CPU to, say, 600 or 200MHz, depending on the load and demand on the system. This saves battery, and reduces heat. Nice feature. Now that I’ve had some time with the Asus, Samsung, and TabletKiosk UMPCs, I’ll have to write up a comparison post, with my opinion on each. Someday. 😉
Anyway, check out the rest of the photos. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions. 🙂