Mar

2001 Tablet PC Platform for the Next-Generation Laptop and Beyond

This Tablet PC prototype developed by Microsoft demonstrates the concept of tablet computing. Exactly 12 years ago the birth of Tablet computing happened! Incredibly as I sit down at my dual-touchscreen desktop which connects to my multi-touch Tablet and accompanied nicely by my pocket-able “quad core” telephone, I can’t help but wonder what happened!? Are we better off or are we exactly where it all started?

There have obviously been newer, faster, lighter computers developed. We have the iPad (no need to expand there) but we also have embedded operating systems like Windows RT and hybrid devices with detachable screens. It’s all a bit touchnig but at the same time kind of sad as we had all that back in 2001 anyways!

I found this launch article online which describe the official launch by Microsoft of the Tablet PC: Tablet PC: Platform for the Next-Generation Laptop — and Beyond

 

The irony for me, is summarized in the final paragraph of the interview conducted. In a conversation with PressPass and Leland Rockoff [director of worldwide marketing and planning for the Tablet PC at Microsoft], the two spoke about the development of the Tablet PC, and what the Tablet PC might mean for computer users and the computer industry. He was asked if the Tablet replaced his desktop. His answer has likely NOT changed from March 26, 2001 to March 26, 2013. I don’t think he is concerned about availability…he just doesn’t have enough reason to hold onto the Tablet.

 

PressPass: So have you moved over entirely to the Tablet PC and given up your desktop model?

Rockoff: Unfortunately, its not my primary PC yet. We only have a limited number and I still have to share it with other people. But when I do get a chance to use one, it is really hard to part with it. At the moment, the real limit comes from the fact that we just get so many requests from senior executives who want to use one. Theres definitely a lot of excitement here about the Tablet PC right now, and a lot of jockeying for position to be able to use one. As soon as we have enough so that I can use one all the time, I will definitely make it my primary machine. Personally, I cant wait.

On a positive note!!! Look what Tablet has transformed into…a way of life! With fridges, self serve checkout counters and even simple retail merchandising often included touchscreen and tablet-styled computing every day I think the platform has become richer than first envisaged. Take care manufacturer Tesla as an example. WOW! I feel the Tablet PC, as a pen input device, is still failing, but as the precursor to so much more, I think it was a great  source of inspiration to many!

Feb

ASUS VivoTab RT hybrid Tablet PC video review

For the last several weeks I was lucky enough to have ASUS share with me the VivoTab hybrid Tablet PC. Not only is it an exceptional hybrid notebook, with keyboard and slate combination, but it’s also my first look at a Windows RT device intensively. After this period I can completely admit to being enamored with the unit and truly a fan of RT itself.

To help my readers get their head around this concept, i.e. a Windows device being good, and a Windows RT Operating System being adorable, we better look at some history.

HP TC1100 - death of a mate

HP TC1100 – death of a mate

One of the first Tablet PC I owned was called the TC1100 and made by HP. (Blogged here: TC1100 discontinued – death of a mate) It was actually a hybrid device and while the keyboard did not house a battery there were still many similarities with the hybrids of today. Many would later argue that the only fault the TC1100 had, was that it was way ahead of its time.

Cast forward several years and we are faced with a hybrid Tablet PC with twice the power (at least), half the weight (at least) and triple the battery life (at least). So to argue that tablet computing is nothing but an iPad is somewhat STUPID. Tablet PCs are exciting and with the advent of Windows RT we now have computers worth bragging about.

To understand the detailed differences between Windows RT and Windows 8, head to this post: The differences between Windows 8 and Windows RT explained. Fundamentally the difference lies in a paradigm of thinking, i.e. RT devices are truly mobile and designed for cloud based computing, and Windows 8 devices are powerful desktop alternatives for no compromise computing. I explain this further in the video.

Sounds like Windows 8 is more appealing but I would argue that as a companion device Windows RT has a lot of merit. Whilst you won’t be able to load applications directly onto the device (other than through the Windows Store) the benefit of RT devices is that you can work with complete functionality, but not compromise battery life benefits or ergonomic benefits of a lightweight and portable device.

In this video I showcase some of the benefits RT has to offer, I showcase details of the VivoTab and also my thoughts overall. It’s a beautiful slate and a device I’d be proud to own. The keyboard combination is not as sexy as the Microsoft Surface Tablet but when you consider the battery life benefits, and the fact that the VivoTab incorporates NFC and GPS, then all I can suggest is that the Surface Tablet better get on steroids real soon.


Let me know what you think of hybrid devices? And what you think of Windows RT?

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Jan

TabletKiosk eo a7400

7-inch ultra-mobile enterprise-grade Windows tablet for business with procap multi-touch and optional Wacom pen
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, originally posted at RuggedPCReview.com)

Video review:

Small Commercial Grade TabletKiosk Tablet PC a7400 with hot swap battery and MSR


TabletKiosk, headquartered in Torrance, CA and operating an engineering facility in Taiwan, has been providing tablet computers (and only tablet computers) since its founding in 2003. In October of 2012, the company announced the latest addition to its substantial lineup of mobile touch screen solutions, the eo a7400. It’s a small and handy business-oriented tablet designed to run Windows. That alone would be sort of old hat, but the a7400 brings projected capacitive multi-touch combined with an (optional) active Wacom pen to the table, and that makes this tablet quite modern and up-to-date.

But let’s take a look at the eo a7400. At a time where the iPad rules and everyone wants monolithic, sleek tablets, it’s hard to come up with something that looks different or innovative, and TabletKiosk hasn’t. On purpose. In fact, this is the 4th generation of the eo tablet which was initially conceived as a Microsoft-spec Ultra-Mobile PC back in 2006. The UMPC concept never really caught on much, with consumers anyway, but TabletKiosk always cleverly targeted enterprise customers. They were clearly was ahead of their time.

The 4th gen a7400 measures 8.9 x 5.8 inches, is an inch thick, and weighs 1.9 pounds. So it’s a bit larger and heavier than most consumer tablets in this class, like the Google Nexus 7 or Amazon’s latest Kindle. But those aren’t the eo’s competition. The competition is the business and enterprise-class tablets from the likes of Motion, Getac, Unitech, Panasonic and so on, tablets that are sturdy enough to handle the occasional drop and spill on the job.

What is the eo a7400 is and what can it do? In terms of size, it’s a smaller companion product to Tablet Kiosk’s Sahara Slate and NetSlate 12-inch tablets. And it runs Windows 7 for the large contingent of corporate and enterprise users who need to stay within the Microsoft software platform. TabletKiosk also made sure that the eo is remarkably compatible with the rest of its tablet lineup, despite the differences in size: batteries, chargers, expansion modules, active pens, etc., are all interchangeable, a fact that’s much appreciated by enterprise customers.

Intel Atom N2600 inside

In terms of technology, the eo a7400 is both progressive and completely rational, and sort of a link between traditional business tablet computers and modern consumer media tablets. It is clearly an x86-based Windows tablet, but it doesn’t have a noisy (and potentially troublesome) fan. While there’s the active Wacom pen for precise operation of Windows on the small display, there’s also capacitive multi-touch. People expect that these days. And while Intel now seems to be touting the Atom Z2760 as the go-to chip for small business tablets, the dual-core N2600 that TabletKiosk chose is the best overall Atom chip for mobile devices that we’ve tested yet. The processor works in conjunction with the Intel NM10 chipset, a known quantity already used with prior generation Atom chips. The base version of the tablet comes with a 64GB mSATA II solid state disk, and a 128GB option is also available for those who need more space.

The table below shows CrystalMark benchmark tests of the N2600-powered eo a7400 and a variety of devices in our benchmark database with other Atom processors. This provides a rough overall idea of the N2600′s performance. Note that HDD performance depends very much on whether a device has a hard disk or a usually much faster solid state disk. Also note that graphics benchmarks are notoriously difficult to interpret. Early Atom-based devices were essentially unable to play back HD video whereas our eo review unit played back 1080p video flawlessly. The overall benchmark figure, however, is a good indicator of overall performance, both subjective and objective.

PERFORMANCE EO A7400 A B C D E
Intel Atom N2600 N270 N450 Z530 Z670 D510
Clock Speed 1.60GHz 1.60GHz 1.66GHz 1.60GHz 1.50GHz 1.66GHz
Cores/Threads 2/4 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 2/4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 3.5 w 2.5 w 5.5 w 2.0 w 3.0 w 13.0 w
CrystalMark ALU 10,031 3,548 5,551 5,485 5,161 10,772
CrystalMark FPU 8.045 3,439 3,973 4,493 3,916 9,663
CrystalMark MEM 9,086 3,617 5,917 4,077 4,128 7,709
CrystalMark HDD 31,318 7,852 19,464 4,510 15,890 7,357
CrystalMark GDI 1,540 1,829 1,948 2,092 1,513 2,592
CrystalMark D2D 803 3,067 984 1,015 876 3,685
CrystalMark OGL 7,348 673 457 347 2,158 723
Overall CrystalMark 68,171 24,025 38,476 22,019 33,642 42,501

The eo’s performance is quite impressive. Assisted by the blazing speed of its solid state disk, the tablet scored much higher than anything based on older Atom processor platforms. In fact, the eo scored roughly at the level of high-end Intel Core 2 Duo mobile devices of just a few years ago. Even more amazingly, it surpassed the benchmark performance of several Intel Core-based products in our benchmark database.

Battery and power consumption

The eo a7400′s externally accessible 11.6 Volt/1,880mAH battery is a slender (0.5 inch) rectangular affair that slides into the back of the tablet. Since 22 watt-hours wouldn’t be quite enough even for a frugal Intel Atom-powered device, there’s a second, internal battery doubling the capacity to a more acceptable 44 watt-hours. The external battery has two sliders to keep it in place, one with friction and one a lock.

TabletKiosk lists expected battery life under normal operating conditions as “up to six hours.” We used the PassMark BatteryMon utility to measure power draw and see for ourselves. With brightness at minimum and the tablet set to Windows Power Saver mode, but WiFi and Bluetooth on, we recorded power draws as low as 5.2 watts, translating into a theoretical battery life of 7.8 hours. With Windows power settings set to “Balanced” with a somewhat brighter screen, power draw rose to about 6.0 watts, still good for about 6.75 hours. With Windows power options set to “High Performance” and the screen brightness all the way up, draw only modestly rose to 7.5 watts, still good for about 5.5 hours. In most machines, the difference between the power settings is much larger.

With 1080p video running at full speed, power draw still only modestly rose to about 9.5 watts, good for well over four hours. That is impressive.

A well connected device

Connectivity is crucial in mobile computers. On the one hand you want as much onboard connectivity as possible. On the other hand, ports add size and weight. As is, the eo a7400 has a full-size USB 2.0 port on the right side. On the left side is a standard RJ45 LAN jack, separate 3.5mm audio in and out jacks, a mini-USB port, and a SDHC card reader. No HDMI, though.

The bottom of the device has a special docking port, and there is an optional magnetic card reader that snaps onto the top of the tablet.

For wireless, our unit came with a Intel Centrino Wireless-N 802.11a/b/g/n module as well as Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR. Units equipped with 3G use a Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 WiFi module (see product PDF) with optional GTM671 3G/3.5G WWAN.

Service friendly and well built

To open the eo e7400 for service or maintenance, you can separate the clamshell halves by undoing about ten Philips screws and then carefully remove the bottom plastic half. There is no particular sealing between the two halves; the eo was not designed to be waterproof.

The insides of rugged devices are a bit like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. Well, opening the eo reveals an exceptionally neatly designed, organized and executed interior. It’s instantly obvious, of course, that this is indeed a Windows PC and not some modern high sales volume media tablet with just a tiny little hyper-integrated circuit board; instead, the eo has a full motherboard with a variety of daughterboards, snap-on modules, and card slots.

What’s also obvious is that TabletKiosk did its homework with thermal design. There’s a reason why this tablet doesn’t need a fan, and it’s not just because of the power efficient Atom processor. There’s serious heat piping going on in here, with a copper heat spreader and all.

 

Also interesting is the battery situation where there’s the conventional external battery that glides into the back of the tablet, but also the second internal battery, an oddly L-shaped one (upper left), that’s mounted right onto the motherboard. This arrangement provides hot-swapping capability, or you can even charge the removable battery while continuing to use the tablet.

There’s the Lite-On LMT-64M3M mSATA solid state disk (see product page) on the lower right with it mini-PCIe interface that helped the eo achieve some of the fastest disk benchmarks we’ve ever seen in our lab. And isn’t it amazing how such small modules now do the work of rotating media, only faster and much more reliably? Sitting on top of it is the tablet’s SIM card slot, and underneath it a second mini-PCIe card, a half-size one. It’s the eo’s Intel Centrino Wireless-N 105 module (see product page).

A single SO-DIMM slot contained our unit’s 2G DDR3-1,333MHz RAM module, and there’s even a little hardware switch to disable touch, accessible through the battery compartment.

Display

For several years it looked like LCD displays couldn’t get any better, and now all of a sudden consumer smartphones and tablets sport ever higher resolution, and Microsoft itself mandated the minimum resolution for Surface Pro-style tablets to be full 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel). With just 1024 x 600 pixel, the eo isn’t anywhere near that. 1024 x 600, also known as WSVGA, is what consumers reluctantly accepted as the standard resolution on first generation netbooks. On the other hand, tens of millions of iPads sold with just 1024 x 768 on their much larger 9.7-inch displays and no one complained about their resolution. So it all depends on what you run on a display. As is, the eo display is plenty sharp, and with its 375 nit luminance also quite bright, but running full Windows on WSVGA can still feel a bit cramped.

All that said, what matters just as much in an enterprise tablet is how well you can see and read the display under various lighting conditions. Consumer media tablets are notorious for the reflections on their glossy mirror-like displays. The eo’s display, on the other hand, is semi-matte. We compared the eo with a Google Nexus 7 tablet outdoors, and below you can see the results. Head-on in a shady spot on a bright day, both screens are plenty bright enough, but the high-gloss Nexus screen has distracting reflections. The eo a7400 display shows virtually none.

Viewed from an angle, the Nexus screen reflects even more. There are no reflections on the eo tablet’s screen, although there is a bit of the diffusion that often comes with anti-glare treatments. Overall, the TabletKiosk device offers a far better viewing experience outdoors.

There is room for improvement, though. While the eo’s 140 degree viewing angle horizontal and 120 degree vertical sounds good, there are substantial color shifts as you look at the tablet from different angles. That should not be the case, and we hope TabletKiosk will remedy that in their next generation.

Touch and digitizer

TabletKiosk offers the eo a7400 with either just the active Wacom digitizer, or with both the Wacom digitizer and 4-finger projected capacitive multi-touch.

The Wacom active digitizer is a very mature technology that allows very precise screen manipulation with a slender pen that does not need batteries. What’s more, unlike resistive digitizers, the computer senses the tip of the pen even without the pen touching the display. This way, you always know exactly where the pen is, thus greatly improving accuracy and reducing unintended taps. Microsoft built their 2001 Tablet PC on this digitizer technology, and there’s a lot of software and utilities for it. The Wacom digitizer also allows for fast and very smooth electronic ink, much better than any resistive digitizer can provide.

Making projected capacitive multi-touch available is a good marketing strategy. Procap has totally taken over in smartphones and consumer tablets, and everyone loves the effortless tapping and panning and pinching and zooming it allows. But procap works by far the best with user interfaces designed for it, like the iOS and Android. It’s definitely not optimal for Windows 7 with all of its tiny check boxes, scrollers, icons and pulldowns. If Windows 8 comes to the eo tablet, that’d be a different story, and, of course, developers may also create special custom application software optimized for procap.

Enterprise-class durability vs. ruggedness

When we first saw pictures of the eo a7400, we thought it looked quite rugged, but the specs suggest business class rather than rugged or even semi-rugged. The operating temperature range is a modest 41 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and TabletKiosk doesn’t provide drop, vibration, sealing or any other ruggedness specs, which is a bit disappointing. After all, much of the reason for getting a business-class machine is that you need something that not only runs Windows, but that is also tougher than an iPad or Samsung tablet.

TabletKiosk’s emphasis, though, appears to be on “enterprise-grade” rather than ruggedness. We’re quite convinced the eo can handle a much wider temperature range than just 41 to 95 degrees, and it’s quite solidly built. But there is indeed no ingress protection rating because the ports are not sealed and there are ventilation slits in the back. So no water spray or even dust protection here. We have to make a distinction here between durable as in holding up for years and years in business and enterprise use due to design, manufacturing, hand inspection and extensive burn-ins, and ruggedness as in drop tests and sealing against dust and water. No problem as long as that corresponds with what a customer needs.

Overall: the TabletKiosk eo a7400

The 7-inch, 1.9-pound eo a7400 is TabletKiosk’s fourth generation ultra-mobile tablet. The line’s longevity brings with it a maturity in design, purpose and execution that is often lacking in more trend-oriented me-too tablets.

The focus of the eo clearly is to allow enterprise customers to run Windows on a small, competent and durable tablet, and at that the eo very much succeeds. It’s a conventional Wintel design with conventional Wintel technology, but it’s also technologically up-to-date with perhaps the best overall Intel Atom processor under the hood, as well as a projected capacitive multi-touch screen, complemented with an active Wacom pen.

The highly configurable eo with its hot-swappable battery and super-fast solid state disk is quite suitable for numerous vertical market applications in field force automation, healthcare, hospitality, control systems and more. And pricing is reasonable as well for this type of device.

Jan

Touch Monitor for Windows 8 Desktop Gestures

Windows 8 Touch Monitor for Gestures

Windows 8 Touch Monitor for Gestures

 

I’ve explored this subject in the past with my own setup and now is a good time to clarify a problem I have with my own setup. Because NOT all touch monitors are the same it is important to know what the differences are!

In my case, as per this video, you will see that some gestures just don’t work. The reason some Windows 8 gestures won’t work is because the touch technology used on my monitors requires a thick bezel, and the use of cameras.The bezel therefore shadow the cameras and create dead spots, and worse still, a user can’t actually gesture as intended.

Microsoft requires a Windows 8 Gesture to often commence from outside the screen, and be slid into site. With the optical touch monitors this is impossible as the line-of-sight only occurs once you’re on the glass itself. This is not to say that other technologies can see when you’re NOT on the glass, but they can detect the commencement point, and for some gestures that’s from outside-in.

Look at the video below of an infrared based touch monitor and see if it makes more sense?

Available in Australia at Tegatech.

Dec

Christmas Tablets

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Always fun to see what the mainstream is being marketed for Christmas – now it’s Tablets! The photo above is the Microsoft Surface being shown on a mega display at one of Sydney’s busiest malls.

Below is the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Awesome! Ironically I took this photo, and uploaded the post, using my Galaxy Note, and I also have the Windows RT VivoTab by ASUS waiting at home!

Wishing you all well!


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Dec

Build your own Custom Desktop solution

Building a Custom Desktop solution is not only about the CPU (Central Processing Unit) but it’s about much more. Often the task of a Custom Desktop solution is handed to someone inexperienced and not entirely capable, or willing, to devote the energy needed to get all the details correct.

Custom Desktop Solutions: Best Practice

Custom Desktop Solutions: Best Practice

Today I had the luxury of having a Custom Desktop handed to me from TEGATECH, from their platinum range. This is a “bad boy” and has features which include a Quad Core Processor, 32GBs of RAM and much more.

The point of today’s video is NOT to go through the specifications which relate to building a good Custom Desktop, but the methodology. There are three main topics I wish to cover when considering building your own desktop, or asking someone to build it for you. These are not by any means “brain science” they’re just a simple guideline for establishing that the Custom Desktop gets off on the right footing.

By now means does the video cover all options, specifications or detailed solutions. What it is however is an opportunity to share with you some best practices that I’ve learnt from working with computers. This should help anyone wishing to buy a Custom Desktop Solution, or someone actually looking to make one themselves.

I broke them down into three categories, for the sake of getting a good desktop right, and they are as follows:

  • Hard Drive: In this video the Desktop using a traditional SATA HDD with spinning platters. Ultimately SSD (Solid State Drives) are also getting very popular in desktops and have a lot of merit. For this video however the topic in question relates to the effective use of Hard Drives inside a desktop and how to separate your applications from your data.
  • Graphics: this is another basic ingredient for getting the most out of your Custom Desktop. With Graphics playing a bigger role in today’s web surfing, and for getting the most out of your applications, graphics is no longer only the domain on graphic designers, movie makers and gamers. Graphics is about simple giving single tasks to each component of your desktop. In this case let the graphics be handled by a dedicated graphics card and you’ll be on your way to happier computing!
  • Ventilation: I know this sounds geeky…but stick with me! Computers components all generate heat, and if the heat is not dissipated effectively you end up with faster wear and tear, and often slower computing. Think of this subject as per the analogy of an athlete. If the athlete is training to run a marathon, but runs every days in jeans and a sweater, then he/she will likely not give themselves the best optimization for success. Sure we don’t all want to be an athlete, and we don’t all want to run a marathon, but we need to give ourselves the best chance every day to stay fit and healthy, and that’s all I’m referring to in the ventilation part of this video.

 

You can custom build your dream computer system by selecting your choice of quality components from top-notch manufacturers such as Antec, Asus, Gigabyte, Corsair, Kingston, Intel, Logitech. Have the confidence knowing you have quality stable components in your custom built computer and you’ll likely be more productive.

 

I’ve been building computers for over a decade so if you have any questions I’ll do my best to assist. If you like the video don’t forget to hit the share button!

Dec

Fujitsu T902 Tablet PC now part of my t-series family

I’ve never made it a secret that I like Fujitsu products. Having owned many iterations of the T-series Tablet PC they make I thought I would take an opportunity to showcase the newest in the family, the T902.

TEGATECH Fujitsu T902 Tablet PC

TEGATECH Fujitsu T902 Tablet PC

Before you watch the video there are a few factors would should consider about purchasing your own Windows based Tablet PC. Here are a short list of some thoughts I consider:

  • Why do I want one? Ultimately buying a Tablet is partly gadget addiction as it is productivity gain. They are such a sexy (read: geeky cool) piece of equipment and a little bit of a status symbol, and always have been. I’m not always focused on the sexy-factor but now we’re more spoiled for choice than ever and have a chance to grab something productive and yet look cool too!
  • How much am I willing to spend? Budget is always important and it may restrict you from some options. Lucky for me the good folks at TEGATECH (who sponsor the blog) give me access to the latest and greatest Tablets but not everyone is admittedly that lucky. Often when considering budget you’re either forced to compromise with specifications (be willing to get slightly less but pay less too) or sometimes the timing might not be right (be willing to wait a little longer for newer models that are often cheaper).
  • How long do I wish to keep the Tablet? I know this may sound funny but I often spend more money on a device if I know I want to get out of it in a short period of time. This makes sense as depreciation is often less noticeable on newer, high sec’d devices, than it is on a cheap and nasty one. You’ll end up losing about the same on both, but ultimately you’ll have a better time with the more expensive model, while it’s in your hot little hands.
  • How do I propose to use the Tablet? If I’m trying to replace a desktop then I always go BIG! If however all I need to is to have something for meetings then I consider weight and battery life, and screen brightness, very carefully.

These are some brief, albeit precise, train of thoughts I have as I’m hunting down a new Tablet PC. Today’s video is a brief showcase of the Fujitsu T902, and I would definitely consider this as a desktop replacement, work/meeting mate and a device for playful café jaunts and time wasting. It’s almost perfect in so many ways I’m so excited to own it. With the added benefit of a 480GB SSD inside the boot time on this beast is so quick it almost startles me.

The LIFEBOOK T902 is a 13.3-inch convertible tablet PC, sporting HD+ WideView IPS LCD, which comes with a dual digitizer and multi-touch support for advanced navigation and precise drawing in a wider viewing screen. The convertible tablet PC is equipped with full business features like Intel® vPro technology, SmartCard reader and optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for enhanced mobile security. Users can specify an additional port replicator for easy drop-and-go in corporate environments or use the modular bay for a second battery or second hard disk drive.

In case you’re interested, here is a link to some older posts with my Fujitsu Tablets, including trips to USA and more.

Link to video:

TEGATECH Fujitsu T902 Touch and Digitizer Windows 8 Tablet PC

Nov

Dual Touch monitors on my desk are also mobile

My Digital TOUCH Lifestyle

My Digital TOUCH Lifestyle

Recently I’ve had comments on my blog about my digital lifestyle, i.e. what hardware combination do I use to get my tasks done. Ultimately I have the luxury of access to many (if not all) types of computer hardware so I also do what I can to ensure I’m using them as effectively as possible.

One core ingredient that has become clear in the last three years is that TOUCH is a vital part of my digital story, and therefore I wanted to take a moment and share a quick video regarding TOUCH and how I’ve systematically and intentionally focused on carrying the TOUCH experience all through my digital story.

 

It may vary slightly from your story, or may not, but ultimately I’d love to hear from you too. I’ve been tackling mobility for over a decade now and it’s always excited to learn as to how other geeks use computer hardware to make their digital lifestyle more efficient and effective and fun.

Hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making it. Don’t forget to communicate with me via any of the social media links – I welcome all contact.

 

Nov

One USB port means many adapters

worlds smallest complication

worlds smallest complication

Tonight I decided to stay up late getting to know the world’s smallest Tablet a little better! Turns out to image, and re-image, the unit I needed:

  • - USB dongle
  • - USB powered hub
  • - USB DVD reader
  • - USB keyboard/mouse combo
  • - USB external HDD cradle
  • - Copy of Windows 7
  • - SSD drive with spare room for new image

I don’t know about you…but it’s a small price to pay for so much freedom on the road! The power of these units is when their in your hands…not on a desk. Just wanted to share this photo of me working in the warehouse at TEGATECH. Very geeky!

Nov

World’s Smallest Windows 8 device

World's Smallest Windows 8 Device

World’s Smallest Windows 8 Device

 

In preparation for exciting things to come in my company we continue to work with the most amazing technologies. Recently I blogged about the arrival of the TEGATECH DLI7200 (PALM SIZED WINDOWS 8 DEVICE WITH NFC) and was very excited. Today we’ve completed the setup of Windows 8 on the device.

Live tiles are working! Projective Capacitive multi-touch works perfectly! Next is to test and play with NFC!

About NFC:

Near field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters  Present and anticipated applications include contactless transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as Wi-Fi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a “tag”.

NFC (near field communication) is a wireless technology which allows for the transfer of data such as text or numbers between two NFC enabled devices. NFC tags, for example stickers or wristbands, contain small microchips with little aerials which can store a small amount of information for transfer to another NFC device, such as a mobile phone.

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