Tablet PC Imposters: “Tablet Terminals”

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Tablet PC Imposters:  “Tablet Terminals”

Gadget junkies, be sure to check out the new “GooRoo RugBoard”.  Gizmodo has a featured editorial about these toys, which have the built-in potential to lend themselves to cruising the web via wi-fi (even in the privacy of your own library or of course restroom).


Hardware equipment
– 10,4 SVGA TFT display with 16 bit color depth
– Touchscreen resistive
– NS GeodeTM SC3200 266MHz processor
– 64-512 MB Flash memory integrated
– 128/256 MB SDRAM
– 16 bit sound stereo
– Speaker and microphone integrated
– Wireless LAN integrated
– Li-Ion battery
– Power supply
– Interfaces: Power, USB, Mic-in,
Speaker-out (stereo)
– PCMCIA slot (not occupied)
Operating system
– Linux, Windows CE or Windows XP embedded
– WLAN according to IEEE 802.11b (up to 11 Mbps)

GooRoo RugBoard Tablet

The GooRoo RugBoard is a 766MHz tablet-type computer with a 10.4-inch SVGA screen (the processor is listed as a “266MHz” on one screen and 766MHz on another, but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt). In addition, it has integrated 802.11g and up to 512MB of onboard flash memory (which is to say, no hard drive). It’s certainly not trying to compete with Windows Tablet PCs, but dumb or not, I’ve always been a fan of these little dumb tablet terminals, even if I really don’t have a need for one.

Actually, the more I read it, the more I think that there was an older version of RugBoard with the crappy specs, but that GooRoo has announced a newer, updated version with the faster processor and updated Wi-Fi. That makes a little more sense…

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