Tablet PC News – Preview: Acer’s New TravelMate C200 Tablet PC, Vista to Get the Tablet PC on “Write Track”, Hi-tech Launches Virtual Keyboard

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Preview: Acer TravelMate C200

The latest convertible tablet from Acer doesn’t swivel – it slides. J rgen Sundgot finds the 12.1-inch display and 256 MB of VRAM of the TravelMate C200 to be quite Acer-tive.

Throwing a pinch of innovation into the troubled Tablet PC mix, Acer’s newest convertible has a tendency to confuse those used to the old swivel-and-tilt paradigm. Shedding the swivel in favour of slide, the C200 sports a display which slides backwards and tilts upwards to a 125-degree angle to reveal the keyboard; it’s an eye-catcher, and also feels surprisingly sturdy despite a somewhat flimsy look.

The 12.1-inch XGA display of the unit delivered the goods – indoors, at least – as far as display qualities were concerned, but what really catches the eye is the option of having the C200 configured with an Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 chipset with 256 MB of VRAM. As much as my inner geek is salivating, however, the more sensible option of a bog-standard Intel 915GM chipset is probably the better one as the processor of the C200 could never keep up with the Go 6200 anyway. Oh, and lest I forget, the Intel chipset can draw up to 128 MB of memory from the main banks.

Speaking of memory, the C200 can be configured with up to 2 GB of DDR2 533 MHz RAM, which runs in tandem with a choice of Intel Pentium M processors…

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Vista looks to get tablets on write track

LOS ANGELES — After years of trying to decipher your scribbles on its own, Microsoft is looking for a little help.

In Vista, the new incarnation of desktop Windows, due next year, the software giant will let people give the operating system examples of their own handwriting in an effort to improve handwriting recognition. The personalisation feature, which is optional, is one of a number of Tablet PC enhancements disclosed last week as part of an updated test version of Vista.

Other new Tablet-specific features in this latest version of Vista include new “gestures” designed to make it easier to navigate through Web pages, send e-mail and manage other frequent tasks without having to switch to a keyboard.

Many of the changes are designed to make the software more predictable than prior versions, and ultimately expand sales of Tablet PC systems…

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Hi-tech Launches Virtual Keyboard

Hi-tech Solutions has announced the launch of its Virtual Keyboard (VKB), which according to the company uses light to project a full-sized computer keyboard onto almost any surface.

Used with Smart Phones and PDAs, the VKB provides a practical way to email, word process and perform spreadsheet tasks, allowing the user to leave the laptop at home. VKB observes the user’s finger movements to interpret and record keystrokes. Since the virtual keyboard is an image projected in light, it completely disappears when not in use, said company sources.

S. P. Moorthy, chief executive officer, Hi-tech solutions, says, “The conventional keyboard is easy to use and when the same matter is expected to be typed-in using a Pocket PC or a PDA, it is difficult. This Product gives you the comfort of using a conventional keyboard anywhere because it is just as big as a cigarette-lighter…

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