News – Logitech Keyboard/Stand, Hitachi’s “Hybrid” Drives, iRobot’s Tablet PC Controlled Drones

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Logitech’s New Combo Keyboard & Laptop/Tablet PC Stand

Logitech has released a sleek combination keyboard and notebook stand that might be ideal for Tablet PC owners. The unit measures 9.33 x 16.84 x 1.41 inches when collapsed and not in use. Not exactly a portable solution for when you need a keyboard for your slate Tablet PC, but it could make an ideal home docking station. The keyboard features media controls and a couple of non-powered USB ports for connecting peripherals such as mice. The unit is expected to be available in January and to retail for $99.

Hitachi 2007 Drives to Sport "Hybrid" Technology and Encryption

It looks like Hitachi has some pretty interesting tricks up their sleeve for their 2007 hard drive lineup. The road map for their 2007 2.5 inch hard drive models reveals that along with the expected capacity upgrades (look for quarter terabyte sizes) the Travelstar line will get "hybrid" technology designed to boost battery life, reduce boot-up times and offer "greater reliability and higher performance." One of the most interesting features for security minded Tablet PC owners is that some models will sport automatic hard drive level encryption using the AES algorithm. This means the drive would transparently encrypt and decrypt data on the fly supposedly without a performance hit. Look for the drives to begin appearing in the first half of 2007. Read more…

iRobot’s Tablet PC Controlled Drones

Financed by the US Army’s Small Business Innovation and Research program, iRobot has produced and army (o.k. well maybe a small platoon) of semi-autonomous robots that are controlled from a single Tablet PC. The apparent intended use of the drones is surveillance and mapping in hostile territory, but I’m sure if these went commercial, Tablet PC owners could coax them into a peaceful life of servitude fetching the paper, walking the dog, and taking out the trash.

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