Thursday, September 27th, 2012
While everyone is looking for an iPad killer, Google and its hardware partners could sneak up and deliver a blow to Apple in another segment: laptops. At least that’s what Bob Freking imagined, when he created the Google DroidBook Nexus, a beautiful laptop concept shown below. I’ve heard rumors that the next Android will actually be focused on netbooks and bigger devices, but that’s just a rumor.
Bob Freking mentions that after buying Motorola, Google discontinued Lapdocks for the Moto phones, so they may be preparing their own desktop with Android or their own laptop. The DroidBook Nexus features a 3 megapixel HD front camera, uses a Core i7 CPU with Intel Integrated Graphics (not my first choice for a Google setup) and also features a 17 inch 2560 x 1440 pixel display. The result is a laptop concept that’s thinner than a MacBook and has a full keyboard.
It will reach 12 hours of usage and it even has an optical drive, if there’s any need for that… Windows games and apps can be converted to Android through a special app and the device is able to run famous games like Minecraft, Resident Evil 6, Crysis, Final Fantasy Online and the famous app Photoshop. The designer wasn’t clear about the OS on the device, so I imagine it’s a cross between Chrome OS and Android 5.0, or something like it. Price this baby right and we’ve got a hit!
[Thanks Bob Freking]
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
The tables have turned or better said the tablets have turned and people are starting to wonder what the next Microsoft Surface tablet killer will be, instead of the iPad killer. Well, for one thing, the iPad could be turned into sort of an ultrabook, like this concept here, that involves a magic mouse, a keyboard accessory and OS X on the New iPad.
The idea comes from Zeki Ozek, who thinks that Apple will put OS X on the Retina Display iPad and use the Bluetooth Magic Mouse and keyboard in tandem with this unit. Add in the mix the fantastic resolution of the screen and maybe a future Apple A6 quad core CPU and you won’t ever need a MacBook, ultrabook, laptop or netbook. Still, the Surface Tablet has that classy keyboard with very well embedded keys and it’s hard for me to imagine an alternative from Apple just yet.
I’m curios if Apple will ever launch an iPad with detachable keyboard… I wonder why no accessory maker came up with an official detachable iPad keyboard, or at least I don’t know any company, that turns the Apple tablet into a laptop.
Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Now that the iPad 3 craze is over, it’s time to look into the future and catch a glimpse of the iPad 4. Luis Fonseca from Portugal had an idea for an iPad 4 concept, that involves a physical keyboard and an interesting design. This new iPad is based on other Apple products blended into a single unit.
The iPad 4 features a built in keyboard, that slides from the bottom of the slate. It features Bang & Olufsen speakers, a 12 megapixel 1080p camera, an aluminum frame and the ability to be easily maintained and recycled. The idea here is to design the perfect laptop replacement and also the complete tablet. With this new device, you’ll forever replace the need for a laptop or netbook. A portable hard disk is also included in this bundle to keep the data safe, but with iCloud out there, I don’t quite see the need for it.
From the looks of the device I imagine that there’s a way to prop up the screen and still use the keyboard, or else the typing angle would be weird. Also I’m hoping for maybe a 7 or 8 inch diagonal here to keep the device portable and turn it into the iPad Mini that everyone wants. What do you say? A quad core CPU would also fit right in!
Sunday, February 26th, 2012
Bob Freking, one of our designer friends created an Android 5.0 Jellybean concept interface, as you can see in the screenshots below. He gathered all the rumors on the web about the new OS, including the one saying that you’ll be able to dual boot with Chrome OS or Android 5.0 on netbooks.
The screenshots included here are the work of fiction, of course, but I have a feeling Bob is not that far from the real thing. The new OS should be faster and apparently it will get an installer soon, as the designer sees a future where tablets are sold without operating systems. Face unlock is also here and the new notification bar is more useful, plus it replaces the recent apps button. Faster access to multitasking, notifications and toggles is also available from here.
Android 5.0 is expected to debut in June at Google I/O 2012, if everything goes well. By that time I expect Google to also announce the Nexus tablet that the search engine giant’s bosses promised for this year. We don’t even know if Jellybean will be used as name or not, so let’s pace ourselves, OK?
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Nokia World 2011 brought us the first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices from Nokia and now maybe it’s time to start looking for the first Windows 8 tablet made by the Finns. This could be a slate that looks like the device pictured below, a mere render of a tablet inspired by the Nokia N9.
Nokia must be careful here not to make the same mistake it did when trying to enter the market of netbooks. The Nokia Booklet 3G failed miserably because of the price and I really can’t see a solid reason for its purchase. Since Nokia is all about Microsoft these days, why wouldn’t they also join hands in the tablet field?
I know that MS has been trying long and hard to come up with an iPad rival… Thus, now that the Steve Jobs official biography revealed that the iPad was in fact an idea started to tease Microsoft, the Redmond giant has all the reasons to retaliate and the hardware coming from Nokia to be able to do so. Do you give a Nokia Win 8 tablet any chance of survival?
[Thanks Premysl Vaculík for the tip]
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
With Android Ice Cream Sandwich supposedly launching on October 11th, I can’t help but think that the concept you can see below will run this OS. Created by Abhi Muktheeswarar, this device is rotatable dual display handset, that can be turned into a mini netbook or a portable console.
No specs were provided, so I’m going to go ahead and speculate that this is a 4 inch device with a waistline of 10mm and a dual core 1.5GHz CPU. Its sliding part is also a touchscreen, that can display either a portrait keyboard or a landscape one and even virtual gaming controls, if the need arises.
The really interesting part is the rotating mechanism here and I’d rather follow the Japanese model and see this unit only united by Bluetooth, without the two parts being physically attached to one another. The picture of the handset in landscape mode reminds me of the Motorola Milestone, but honestly I can imagine LG coming up with a dual screen smartphone concept of this kind.
Friday, June 17th, 2011
Fujitsu Anderson is an innovative laptop concept, created by Ma Yiwei and Tao Ying and it’s also the receiver of the Judge’s Special Award in a Designboom competition. This challenge was organized together with Fujitsu and DA (design association Japan), for the “FUJITSU design award: a life with future computing”
The Anderson is a portable computing device with a square shape and increased portability. Also, this Fujitsu concept has two operating modes: static and in-motion and also it’s got a 2 way hinge, changing the way you use it in landscape and portrait mode. When moving around it’s best that you use this netbook by holding it as an open book, just like in the image above.
This unit measures 17mm in thickness and its interface seems to be optimized, at least when it comes to audio playback. If I were to make an assumption, this laptop would make a great Chromebook…
Friday, February 4th, 2011
What do we have here? The replacement for a PC, a tablet and a smartphone… This strange device is a dual side sliding unit, created by Lin Jian Feng and reminding us of an older Nokia model from back when the Finns were top notch phone makers.
This two-way slide netbook uses a multimedia shortcut key and its screen angle can be adjusted with ease. Its sliding parts make up a QWERTY keyboard and they also manage to integrate a rocker instead of a mouse. Shortcut keys are also placed on the keyboard, with multimedia functions involved. The total width of the device (when open) is 500mm, while the width is 122m and the thickness is 15mm.
With the sliding parts closed we guess that this concept becomes an elongated smartphone with at most a 5 inch touch display. Beautiful? Yes! Practical? Not quite, at least not yet.
[via Yanko Design]
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Designer Yang Yongchang had the brilliant idea of creating what we call these days a “smartbook”, a hybrid between a smartphone and a netbook. This concept smartphone features a 6.5 inch 16:9 capacitive touchscreen display, with support for multitouch and gravity sensing technology. Its physical keyboard can be folded into a bigger unit, as you can see in the following pics.
Basically, the iWeb 2.0 provides the same full QWERTY keyboard you can see on every laptop out there, by dual folding outside of the main device. You can notice that the concept includes status indicators (a row at the bottom of the keyboard) and 3 quick operation buttons: zoom, WEB attributes, HOME button and more.
The maximum angle for the screen is 115 degrees and we have to mention that the keypad includes a touchpad, shortcut keys, soft material keys and decorative pieces. The iWeb 2.0 certainly looks like a gaming machine and a powerful portable PC, but we’ll probably never see it turned into a real laptop, which is a real pity.
[Yanko Design via IntoMobile]
Friday, March 5th, 2010
tablet designs, among which there’s the Asus Net Fusion, created by Juan Manuel Bustos. This is a device that combines the features of a laptop with those of a tablet and netbook. Destined to reach the hands of students and graphic design professionals this product gets detailed below (click to enlarge).
We’ve recently come across some pretty interesting
The Asus tablet measures 13mm in thickness, it comes with 2 speakers, shortcuts shown on screen and a very interesting and original virtual QWERTY keyboard. There’s also a virtual mouse wheel shown on screen and the specs of the Asus Net Fusion include 2 USB ports, WiFi, LAN, 3G, a webcam and Windows operating system (hopefully Win 7).
The device also seems to support navigational features, as shown in one of the images below. Asus Net Fusion uses a stylus for interaction and drawing, so it’ll probably be loved by design professional. We consider this the perfect alternative to a Wacom tablet. What do you say?