Notes on a desirable
I want a fully interactive computer, size of a laptop monitor,
touch-sensitive, no keyboard, wireless networking.
There's no affordable one yet, but i try to keep track of what
(After assembling this table myself around 2000 with sporadic
updates, i note that someone has put together a serious list, the
Web - Appliance Directory)
- Aqcess Technologies Qbe
Personal Computing Tablet
- 400 MHz, 96-256 MB RAM, 6/12 GB drive, CDROM
- 13.3" XGA Active Matrix Color TFT
- 270K Pixel Color CCD camera
- Capacitive TouchPen Overlay
- Smartcard (Read/Write) Magnetic Strip Reader
- firewire, PCMCIA, etc.
- 2 hours on standard battery (upgradeable)
- Win98, ParaGraph® PenOffice™ handwriting recognition
- L&H Voice XpressTM Professional speech recognition
software, noise-filtering microphone headset
- $2850 base price
Stylistic LT - one of their large line of
- 2.4 pounds
- 1.1 inches thick
- 233 MHz Pentium
- 64 MB SDRAM
- 4.3 GB hard drive
- 8.4" color SVGA display (TFT optional)
- Anigma WebMan / WebSlate
- WebSlate is a tablet-like device, roughly 7 by 10
inches, 1-inch thick and weighing less than 2.5 pounds. It contains a
200 MHz Intel StrongARM processor, Microsoft Windows CE operating
system, Spyglass' Device Mosaic browser for Windows CE, Lithium Ion
batteries, 8 MB of RAM, 6 MB of flash ROM and an 8.2 inch DSTN color LCD
with integrated touch screen.
- GeneSys and Ramline products from
- "aluminum housing is fully resistant to the dust, dirt, humidity,
moisture and blowing rain, unit is sealed for maximum protection of
internal components and the LCD screen"
- display: up to 800 x 600 10.4"
- HD up to 12 GB
- software: Win95, 98 or NT
- Cyrix WebPad "reference design"
- "proof-of-concept for low-cost, portable web browsing device that
could enable mass adoption of Internet access", no estimated price
- display: 800x600x16 10.4"
- software: ran QNX, included a pop-up soft keyboard
- peddie comments
- never became a product