Tablet PC News Archive
January 1, 2005: Note from the Editor
This month will include coverage from CES in Las Vegas, an update on our Editors Choice Tablet pc: THe Sahara I213, a first look at the New Fujitsu T4000 convertible Tablet PC as well as a review of new Fujitsu ST 5020 Slate Tablet PC and some new software reviews.
Based on reader feedback, In the coming months we will be expanding the coverage on TabletPc2.com to include Digital cameras, networking equipment and convergence items such as Media center PC's along with more unique products and accessory items.
We appreciate all of your support and glad you like our "Think outside the box" approach.
The answer to your two most common questions ( other than what is the best tablet pc)
How many tablet pc's do I have?
Currently I have seven on my desk, but that number varies depending what is here on loan for the purpose of writing a review or to show a particular client.
Do I use a keyboard & docking station with my Slate style Tablets?
I love the grab and go convenience of a Slate style Tablet PC, but when I'm in my office I like the convenience of having a docking station and keyboard, so the answer is yes. If they are a my personal Tablets and a permanent fixture on my desk they are in docking station, some have a mouse attached and and more often than not, they have bluetooth, infrared or usb keyboard attached.
If there is something in particular you would like to see included or expanded on the site please email me and let me know.
Linda A. Epstein
Articles for Repairing Your Tablet PC
Want to know how to repair your Tablet PC? I have complied a list of articles that other users have written about repairing their Tablet PCs. They may assist you with repairing your Tablet PC however any repair you make may void your warranty so do so at your own risk!
January 3, 2005
Linux On Your Tablet PC
Michael Rolig has created a Debian-based linux package for your Tablet PC. The support for various tablet features is limited by the features on the tablet Rolig owns, such as the "half-working" pen button features. One important missing feature is the screen-swivel buttons common with most tablets. However this is a good start for the development of linux for Tablet PCs."
High-tech upgrades make Paccar plant a model for success
King County Journal Newspapers
RENTON -- Paccar Inc.'s Kenworth truck plant here should be the poster child for why it pays to make technology upgrades.
This past year alone, the company has installed several new computerized systems, including robotic arms used to paint truck body parts, and replaced the clipboards its factory floor inspectors were using to record their findings with new tablet PCs.
Elizabeth West, a factory floor inspector, said switching from a clipboard to a wireless high-speed Internet-connected tablet PC has ``made a big difference'' in her work.
January 4, 2005
Microsoft Announces 2005 PR Events
Microsoft teams will participate in a Digital Experience press reception 7--10 p.m. at the Mirage Hotel. Representatives from the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Devices team, Tablet PC team, Portable Media Center team, Windows Digital Media Division, Smart Watches for MSN® Direct team and Windows Digital Imaging team will demonstrate the latest in Microsoft technology for the consumer.
Gearing up for CES........
The Sahara i213
A "Bumper" crop of Sahara i213 Tablet PC's
Rugged Colored Rubber Bumpers Transform the Sahara i213 Tablet PC allowing users to assignee diffrent colors to different users or applications . THe team from Sahara will be running around with i213's in Orange, Grey and Yellow bumpers.
Mine will be dressed in Blue at CES, Lora from TabletPCPost will be in yellow, Chris from TabletPCTalk will be in black (Not shown) and Layne from TabletPCQuestions is going au natural in white.
From keynote to closing, we will all be roaming the show floor and reporting info to our readers as we explore and uncover new and exciting information and products. So if you see any of us on the floor stop us and say hi!
January 5, 2005
Stayed tuned for our coverage from CES in Las Vegas!
The winners of the 2004 Engadget Awards!
Tablet PC of the Year
Readers’ Choice: Fujitsu T4010
Engadget Pick: NEC VersaPro
January 6, 2005 : Reporting from CES 2005
First look at the new Toshiba Satellite R15-S822 Series Tablet PC
Microsoft and Industry Leaders Build Momentum for Digital Entertainment Anywhere at CES 2005
New Tablet PC Hardware and Future Applications Are on Display Microsoft also is providing new ways for consumers to take their digital entertainment on the go. Specifically, Microsoft, in alliance with Toshiba Digital Products Division, will offer CES attendees a first look at the new Satellite R15-S822 Series Tablet PC aimed at the consumer, home and student audience. In addition, Microsoft is showcasing at CES a range of future Tablet PC applications, tools and PowerToys for consumers, including a tool to copy digital entertainment to Tablet PCs, new games and more.
CES 2005: Gates Promotes "Digital Entertainment Anywhere" Successes and New Initiatives
Windows & Net Magazine
During his Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keynote address Wednesday evening, Microsoft chairman and Chief Software Architect outlined the digital entertainment successes his company has logged since the October "Digital Entertainment Anywhere" launch event and highlighted some interesting initiatives that will drive momentum throughout 2005. Key among these initiatives are a number of partnerships, some of which are quite surprising.
Gates noted that Microsoft has grown Media Center PC sales almost 50 percent since launching Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 in October. At that time, Microsoft reported that its hardware partners had sold a modest 1 million units in two years. However, in the two and a half months between the October 12 Digital Entertainment Anywhere launch event, PC maker have sold almost 500,000 new Media Center PCs. If that sales pace continues, Media Center will move out of niche status and become a more viable platform for partners.
Microsoft partner Toshiba showed off a new Tablet PC that's aimed at consumer, home, and student customers. The Satellite R15-S822 Series Tablet PC will ship later this year. Microsoft is also releasing new Tablet PC Power Toys for consumers, including a tool for copying digital entertainment to Tablet PCs.
January 7, 2005 : Reporting from CES 2005
NXT surges on DoCoMo screen deal
NXT said Friday the 2G mova N506iS phone was the first in the world to incorporate its SoundVu technology. When using multimedia services, phone users would find audiovisual content more vivid than on conventional handsets, whose speakers are located on the side of the display, the company said.
NEC already uses SoundVu in large PC monitors and laptops for the Japanese market, he said, and promotes the SoundVu name in extensive advertising. Tablet PC makers are studying the technology so that models with twist-round screens don't cover the speakers when laid flat, he added
Microsoft shows off new tablet OS
LAS VEGAS—At this week’s 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Corp. demonstrated the newest version of its tablet PC operating system.
Like its predecessor, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 builds on Windows XP Professional, extending the core operating system with capabilities that support direct pen input, handwriting recognition, speech input and the tablet PC form factor. It includes a redesigned Tablet PC Input Panel that enables ink-to-text functionality, as well as better integration with Microsoft Office programs such as Word 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003 and OneNote 2003.
The new tablet OS offers better capabilities in handwriting recognition and a new platform for developing digital ink-enabled applications. With systems running the new OS, users can now write e-mail and documents by hand, and the advanced recognition engine does a much better job at recognizing and discerning the text. With a digital pen, users can create text anywhere in Windows XP and Windows-based programs. Microsoft officials showed how workers can now annotate PowerPoint slides in either Edit or Slide Show mode. In Slide Show view, users can circle items or draw diagrams during the presentation to add emphasis. Notations can then be saved or deleted.
Tablet PC 2005 also supports speech recognition. Users can control programs with speech instead of a mouse, keyboard or pen, or they can convert speech to text in Windows applications.
The OS comes with Windows XP Service Pack 2
Electrovaya Anounces Scribbler SC 2200 Series
Following in the footsteps of the Scribbler SC 2100, Electrovaya's new SC2200 will include a 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium M-LV Dothan Processor.
Stay tuned for more info and a reviw of the 2200 in thenear future.
TOSHIBA INTRODUCES CONVERTIBLE SATELLITE® NOTEBOOK FOR CONSUMER MARKET
CES 2005, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth 13029 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and provider of industry-leading portable computers, projectors and other mobile-related services and products, today introduced the Satellite® R15-S822, an affordable, full-featured notebook with the additional functionality of a Tablet PC.
The Satellite R15-S822 convertible notebook allows users to work with a traditional keyboard or rotate and fold the LCD screen on top of the keyboard for use as a Tablet PC with digital pen-based input and control. The product features a 14.1-inch XGA display that offers a large 8.5- by 11-inch writing and viewing area, simulating the dimensions of a paper notepad.
The Satellite R15-S822 also includes an integrated DVD-CDRW optical disc drive for multimedia enjoyment, 60GB hard drive, 512MB memory (expandable to 2GB), Intel™ Centrino® 802.11g wireless technology, and Microsoft™ Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system.
The Satellite R15-S822 is scheduled to be available in major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide and from ToshibaDirect (www.toshibadirect.com) in Q1 2005 with pricing to be announced at shipping. “The Satellite R15-S822 is perfect for the notebook buyer who would like the ability to move beyond the keyboard and take notes, handwrite an e-mail or draw with digital ink on a portable, fully configured notebook PC,” said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems. “Students, teachers, professionals and others will appreciate the freedom and creativity possible with a dual-function notebook that also offers Toshiba quality, design and reliability at an affordable price.”
With the installed OneNote™ 2003 software and Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, Satellite R15-S822 users can:
• Create, edit, organize and search handwritten notes and drawings that would typically be recorded on paper and easily retrieve them;
• Put a personal touch in e-mail and messages with handwritten notes and drawings or a signature that family, friends and co-workers can view with any PC running Microsoft Outlook;
• Convert digitized “ink” to text with the Tablet PC Input Panel that launches whenever you write, recognizing words and characters dynamically so users can easily make corrections before inserting text;
• Draw on PowerPoint slides as part of the editing process or highlight information during presentations (*requires purchase of Microsoft Office);
• Change the color, thickness and tip style of the digital pen for writing or highlighting.
In addition, the convertible form factor provides users an unparalleled level of flexibility. In Tablet PC mode, a user can hold the Satellite R15-S822 like a notepad and compute in any setting, including the comfort of one’s couch, to sit back and brainstorm, browse the Web, or read an electronic book or magazine.
Available accessories include a choice of port replicators, spare batteries with optional battery charger, and the new Multimedia Center Audio/USB Hub that allows consumers to easily connect their notebook computers to their home entertainment systems. A wide selection of carrying cases are also available.
The Satellite R15-S822 comes with a one-year warranty with Toshiba’s premier, Six Sigma global service for the mobile computing user. Customers can choose from several service options, including carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country for same-day or next-day service, or utilizing any of more than 3,000 UPS Stores for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized Depot for 24-hour service turnaround.
Toshiba also offers Ask Iris® Online, an instant response information service that can alert users to security software patches or provide other information regarding their product from Toshiba engineers and technical support staff.
An overview of confirmed specifications includes:
• CPU: Intel Centrino Mobile Technology
• Graphics: Intel Extreme Graphics 2
• LCD: 14.1-inch diagonal XGA
• Memory: 512MB to 2GB (DDR333)
• HDD: 60GB (4200rpm)
• ODD: Select Bay DVD-CDRW drive
• Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection 2200BG
• Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
• Docking: Advanced Port Replicator III & Tablet Multi Dock II
January 10, 2005
Highlights From CES ...
Martin Smekal from TabletKiosk.com with a rainbow of Sahara i213 Tablet Pc's
The Sahara i213 Tablet PC - a Show Stopper in living color !
Vendors and event visitors alike were drawn to the Sahara i213 Tablet PC and its colorful Bumpers. Shown above in bright blue, lemon yellow, glow in the dark lime , hot pink and perfectly purple. (Missing from photo, are outrageous orange, great gray and basic black)
From Microsoft's Tablet PC booth space to the GIbson Guitar tent, everywhere we went people stopped and asked about the Sahara i213 .
Only at CES can you find Porsches, 102 inch plasma TV's, colorful Tablet Pc's custom guitars and a snowboard ramp all at one event.
The 2005 Consumer electronics show is now officially over and myself along with eight other Tablet PC MVPS and five Heinys are now recovering from the fun, the excitement, the sore feet and lost voices.
Tablet PC Community Meetup at CES
Lora From Whatisnew.com has posted the list of winners from the Tablet PC Community Meetup CES.
The meetup, which took place Saturday Morning at the Hilton gave Microsoft, Tablet MVPS, vendors, end users and family members a chance to sit down and chat. People signed in on a Fujitsu Stylistic CT5020 Tablet PC and had the opportunity to enter a drawing to win software sponsored by some of the software vendors.
Among other there were representatives from Microsoft, Alias, Tablet kiosk, JumpingMinds, Otter box, Electrovaya, Abletfactory, xThink, Intel, Boeing, fine point innovations, ActiveInk, Motion Computing and Viewsonic in attendance.
Everyone left with an extra special gift from Microsoft too. Microsoft gave out Cross Penabled Cross Executive Pen with Cap, which has a $49.95 MSRP. TabletKiosk.com also gave away several t-shirts!
A good time was had by all. Our thanks go out to Lora Heiny who put the event together and Microsoft for underwriting the event
Photos and more info from CES, including a glance into the future of Tablet PC enhancements will be posted before the day is done!
FrogPad™ Data Entry Device Leaps Into Education Market with Into Education Market with Keyboarding Tutorial for Educators
Houston-based FrogPad™ is a one-handed keyboard to be used with USB Keyboard compatible PDA's, Pocket PCs, Tablet and Wearable PC's, and other mobile applications, such as portable laptops, which utilizes the flexibility and ease of one-handed functionality and the performance of an efficient keyboard. The wearable Frog is a fabric one-handed keyboard that is 1/5th the size of traditional keyboards yet easier to use, as it offers a logical key layout and design that encourages correct ergonomic posture. For more information, see: www.frogpad.com.
Priority Message Delivery System for the Web and Patent-Pending WebReader™ Released by Cool Conversations, L.L.C.
Cool Conversations, L.L.C. has launched a new application under the brand name PriorityMessaging. PriorityMessaging (PM) is a private web-based message delivery system offering many advantages over email for group messages by companies and organizations. The proprietary message delivery system is highly effective and efficient with text messages automatically retrieved and delivered as spoken words by each recipient's computer. With this product, Cool Conversations continues its efforts to enhance tablet PC’s, laptops and desktop PC’s with speech capabilities. A free demo version of the PM Message Broadcast Receiver with a complimentary subscription to the newly launched PM Business Network is available for download at c/net’s Download.com http://www.download.com/Priority-Messaging/3000-206410352234.html?part=dl-PriorityM&subj=dl&tag=button
The demo version is fully functional and provides an example of how the application may be used to provide organizations with a “Priority Messaging” system to stay in touch with their constituents or provide distance learning and training services.
January 11, 2005
Tablet PC 2005 Windows Media Player Skin Alpha
This the new Windows Media Player skin alpha. It is specifically designed for the Tablet PC. Also, this article includes a video of the Windows Media Player skin in action.
Tablet PC 2005 Clipping Tool Alpha Demo
See the new Tablet PC 2005 Clipping Tool Alpha in action. This second generation clipping tool allows you to easily clip any data on your Tablet PC and paste it into other applications or e-mail it. Includes video demo of the Clipping Tool in action.
New Tablet PC New King James Bible!
Thomas Nelson Publishers and Zoe Technologies announced today the availability of the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible for Tablet PC's.
Using GoBinder or Plan Plus for XP, you can now search and mark-up in digital ink one of the most popular translations of the day. This is a major milestone for Tablet PC's, as Thomas Nelson is the first major publisher to offer Bible software for Tablet PC users.
The download is free, but donations are more than welcome. All donations will help offset medical expenses related to Rob Bushway's daughters' treatment for brain cancer, as well as other families with children who have cancer. In addition, all donations of $20 or more will receive a free cd called "Maggie's Song" . All donations are tax deductible.
Mountain Medical Technologies Selects ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical to Speech-enable CYRAMED
ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), the global leader of speech and imaging solutions, and Mountain Medical Technologies, Inc., today announced that Mountain Medical Technologies, (MMT) will integrate ScanSoft(R) Dragon NaturallySpeaking(R) Medical to enable speech recognition within its CYRAMED(R) electronic medical records (EMR) system
"The CYRAMED EMR system already benefits from a user interface that mimics how physicians work with paper electronically, so speech recognition is a natural progression," said Martin Bailey, vice president of marketing, Mountain Medical Technologies. "With CYRAMED also running on the Microsoft Tablet PC platform, it almost becomes another member of the staff - taking dictation and providing information wherever it is needed."
Fujitsu Launches Two Notebooks
Japanese PC and notebook company Fujitsu, has recently launched two notebooks in the country, namely the Lifebook S7011 and the Lifebook T5020 through its sales partner, Fujisan.
Paresh Gathani, general manager, marketing, Fujisan Technology, said, "Fujitsu is a Japanese company and hence they will have remarkable quality. It's for the same reason they have a higher price point when compared to the Chinese products in the market."
The T5020 runs on the Intel Pentium M Processor 733 (1.10GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 400MHz FSB), Intel 855GME Chipset. It has MS Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, 12.1" XGA TFT, 512MB SDRAM, 60 GB HDD, Li-ion battery and weighs about.1.55 kg.
WE-DIG meeting looks at Smart Mobile Client technologies
The next monthly meeting of the Windows Embedded Developers Interest Group (WE-DIG), to be held this Wednesday on Microsoft's Redmond campus, will look at current and future technologies for building "Smart Mobile Clients," with a particular focus on the Tablet PC and the .NET Compact Framework.
Arin Goldberg from the Tablet PC team will answer questions such as "What's a Tablet PC?", "What programming options are available?", "What's a real-time stylus?", and many more, the group says.
The meeting will be held January 12th at 6:30pm in the Quinalt Room, Building 34 on the Microsoft Redmond Campus. There will be the "usual assortment of fun give-aways, and also some really great pizza." Yum!
The haute couture of technology
If you were among the 140,000 attendees and 2,550 exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, you could be forgiven for feeling you'd wound up at some haute couture fest in Milan, Paris or London by mistake.
Microsoft displayed an enhanced version of a tablet PC made by Toshiba, which is perfect for scribbling grocery lists on and hanging up on a refrigerator. Price and availability?
You guessed it: To be determined.
January 12, 2005
MathJournal 1.1 released; "Future Program" starts
xThink has released MathJournal version 1.1, an interactive program for the Tablet PC that provides a natural and intuitive environment for solving mathematical and engineering problems.
xThink announces the immediate availability of MathJournal 1.1 and asks for participation in the xThink Future Program.
The future of technology is in your handwriting!
We plan to further improve MathJournal and refine its underlying technology. Currently we are working on a geometry module.
And you can help in making it happen! We are interested in your handwritten symbols and samples, please learn how to contribute here.
OmniMD Delivers Integrated Billing Solutions for Healthcare Providers
OmniMD introduces its medical billing services to combine with electronic medical record and charge capture software as a part of OmniMD's suite of products and services. OmniMD aims to work with clients to develop the best billing solution for their practice. OmniMD resolves the headaches of the medical billing process by providing quality medical billing services to clinics. Trained billing professionals at OmniMD provide these services and manage the complete billing operation.
OmniMD replaces the outdated paper-based system with an easy-to-use solution that automates the entire billing process from point-of-care through reimbursement, and ultimately increases the efficiency of the medical billing process.
Charge Capturing At the Point-of-Care
With OmniMD Charge Capture physicians can quickly and easily select the proper procedures and diagnoses and create electronic super bills right at the point-of-care through their Tablet PC, Pocket PC or Desktop PC.
Tablet PC 2005 Media Transfer Utility Alpha
the Media Transfer Utility allows you to connect to another Windows XP or Windows XP, Media Center Edition PC and copy media files from it. It also allows you to schedule transfers to occur during off peak hours since it may take a long time to copy some video content. Also, you can change the name of the PC that is displayed in the Media Transfer Utility to make it easier to find your content. Microsoft has not announced when this will be made available to the public.
Headteachers And Governors Face Complexity Headache Over Freedom of Information Act, Warns Mindjet® UK
With more than 500,000 users worldwide, including installations in more than 60 of the Fortune 100 companies, MindManager is available for the Tablet PC, desktop, notebook and Pocket PC. Seamless integration with Microsoft Office™ and Project™ enable rapid information transfer to support effective work regardless of location.
Electronic tablet more than notable in features, cost
MENAFN, Middle East
The huge Consumer Electronics Show concluded in Las Vegas Sunday with what boils down to a single word of advice about what could be the hottest stuff in personal technology this year:
That's tablets along the lines of yellow legal pads or Big Chief grade-school notebooks. But these are equipped with digital technologies that are supposed to replace our laptop computers, our television sets, our iPods and even our yellow legal pads.
Priority Message Delivery System for the Web and Patent-Pending WebReader™ Released by Cool Conversations, L.L.C.
Cool Conversations, L.L.C. has launched a new application under the brand name PriorityMessaging. PriorityMessaging (PM) is a private web-based message delivery system offering many advantages over email for group messages by companies and organizations. The proprietary message delivery system is highly effective and efficient with text messages automatically retrieved and delivered as spoken words by each recipient's computer. With this product, Cool Conversations continues its efforts to enhance tablet PC’s, laptops and desktop PC’s with speech capabilities.
January 13, 2005
As Longhorn Schedule Firms Up, Product Packaging Evolves
Windows & Net Magazine
As Microsoft veers toward a mid-March 2005 Beta 1 release of its next generation operating system, codenamed Longhorn, the company is also starting to reevaluate which product editions it will ship. When Windows XP first arrived in 2001, the company had a simple product lineup, with Home and Professional Editions. Since then, however, Microsoft has confused the market with separate editions called Media Center, Tablet PC, and Starter Edition. With Longhorn, things could get even more confusing.
Additionally, many of the product names will change. For example, today's Tablet PC Edition will likely adopt a name that is more applicable to general mobility and not specific to Tablet PC devices. Or, sources say, the Tablet PC features might simply be melded into the core OS. Microsoft would like to use more descriptive and friendly names for its Windows products and provide more overlapping functionality between the product versions. It's all up in the air, though the company expects to finalize the product types and distinctions by Q2 2005.
What's not up in the air, however, is Longhorn's ship date. The company is now committed internally to shipping Longhorn in May 2006
X-TEL Releases Nokia 6630 GSM/EDGE/WCDMA Test Interface for Xi System
The Nokia 6630 3G mobile is supported by X-TEL's Xi Direct PC Connect system that is a software based solution with GPS running on Tablet or conventional PCs.
Microsoft's Longhorn may blend Tablet PC and Media Center
Microsoft plans to drop the "Home" and "Pro" tags with its next release ofWindows, code-named Longhorn.
While the two streams of the product will remain, the company is also considering making the features found in today's Windows XP Media Center and Tablet PC editions part of Longhorn’s core.
Although it is staying mum on many Longhorn packaging details, Microsoft representatives are willing to reveal a certain set of details about the product now that a first beta release is set to ship in the coming months and the decisions about key operating system components have been made.
As it works on packaging for Longhorn, Microsoft is considering adding the Media Center and Tablet PC features to the core operating system package.Today Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition are distinct products.
Building Media Center and Tablet PC capabilities into the basic operating system would allow for a rich and flexible user experience, Brooks said. For example, a high-end laptop could be set to function as a Media Center PC when it is docked and as a Tablet PC when out of the docking station, he said.
A Media Center PC is designed to be the entertainment hub of a home. It can serve media content to TVs throughout a home and includes digital video recorder capabilities. Tablet PC functionality is designed for notebookcomputers and lets users input data on a touch screen using a pen. A Tablet PC and Media Center combination does not exist today.
Microsoft plans to detail Longhorn packaging around the middle of this year, around July or August, Brooks said. At that time, the software maker will disclose whether it will continue to ship Media Center and Tablet PC as separate Windows editions, or if the features will be absorbed by the core Longhorn product.
More math practice
Bit by bit the family of MathPractice programs is expanding. Next up is a set of pre-algebra practice apps.
I want the programs to work as an assistant to the person solving the problem. This creates a lot of user-interaction demands that I'm having to discover as I go along. For instance, I want to be able to detect at any time if an equation that's been modified is still equals or not. Handling "single-term" additions, multiplications, and divisions is fairly straightforward, but I'm still stumped on how to handle factoring out variables. As in this case, many times I have to see parts of the code in action to get an idea what solution is good. It's an incremental process.
Google's 2004 top searches
Anyway, tablet pc was #1 for the Froogle Most Popular Computer Goods with computer, laptop, headphones, computer speakers, notebook computer, gps, webcam, wireless speakers and flat panel monitor in descending order.
Deja View Announces New Weapons For War Against Terrorism
Deja View, Inc., the first company to introduce a wearable digital mini-camcorder with unique "after-the-fact" recording technology for the consumer market, today announced two new counter-terrorism products to help in homeland security efforts.
The system consists of Deja View's Camwear 100, the first wearable camcorder with the company's "after-the-fact" technology; a tablet PC with pen stylus, specialized detail-formed software based upon the popular Formulizer software package and can support biometrics such as fingerprint and retina scan integration.
January 14, 2005
Top ELEVEN Reasons to buy a Tablet PC
There are at least 10 reasons to buy a Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 today, but I just discovered a significant 11th one.
PenOffice™ 2.6 for Microsoft Windows
PenOffice has been optimized for Microsoft Windows XP, Office XP and latest models of Tablet PC.
PenOffice 2.6 has been optimized for better performance on Tablet PCs. Now you can use PenOffice and Microsoft handwriting recognition at the same time.
To use PenOffice and Microsoft handwriting recognition at the same time:
- If Microsoft handwriting recognition is configured in Write Anywhere mode switch to the Input Panel mode.
- Start PenOffice and switch into the recognition mode.
Now, if you write on the Tablet PC Input Panel, the Microsoft handwriting recognition will be used, however, when you write anywhere else on the screen PenOffice handwriting recognition will be used. In addition to handwriting recognition you also will be able to use advanced PenOffice features such as recognition gestures, PenCommander, spell checker, word document markup, correction window, and others.
Shelron's ActivShopper Goes Wireless; Targeting 1.5 Billion Users Globally - 25% of the Planet's Population
The Shelron Group (OTC BB:SHRN) a leading provider of e-commerce software, today announced that it is developing a mobile version of its ActivShopper comparative shopping toolbar, responding to quickly changing consumer behavior in accessing the Internet from remote locations.
Considering the growing number of current mobile subscribers, the quickly-advancing mobile technologies, and penetration projections for the coming years, this market is one that management deemed a high priority due to its tremendous potential for exponential revenue growth.
The mobile version, "ActivShopper To Go" will work on mobile phones, PDA's, tablet pc's, and watches
Five years of Ballmer -- the effect on Microsoft
In the five years since Bill Gates surprised the technology world by announcing he would give up his title as chief executive at Microsoft, has the company changed?
"It's harder to get in front of Gates than it used to be," Rosoff said. Gates has been most active in a few key projects, he said, including the Tablet PC and Longhorn, the company's next version of Windows. Even with all of Gates' attention, though, Longhorn fell behind schedule and had to be significantly scaled back.
Study: Clinical Tablet PC Use Grows
Mobile Health Data
Physicians working in a clinical practice setting increasingly are using Tablet PCs to access and collect patient information, according to a recent study by Spyglass Consulting Group. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based organization found that 77% of the outpatient physicians it interviewed for the study believed Tablet PCs were a suitable mobile hardware for accessing electronic medical records, documentation systems, radiology images, charge capture and patient documentation. A previous study by the consulting firm, however, found that nurses were more reluctant to use Tablet PCs in clinical care.
January 17, 2005
just what doctors ordered
With tablet PCs and a security server supplied on loan by Hewlett-Packard, clinicians securely accessed medical records from a central database wirelessly while still at patients' bedsides, reducing the number of transcription errors.
Traditionally, clinicians would log on to a PC about 30minutes before their wards round, noting down on paper the relevant details of the patients they were to see. And although there are PCs stationed throughout the hospital, accessing them meant leaving the patients' bedside.
So they were used less often than the tablet PCs they carried with them throughout the trial in the general medical ward.
Pathology and radiology results were the prime targets transferred to the devices, but O'Brien says many of the doctors immediately began seeing other uses. The 802.11 wireless network built with HP Procurve equipment allowed them to access a range of information on the net such as the Cochrane medical database and the hospital's intranet portal.
St Vincent's found the number of "breakouts" - times clinicians left the bed to access reports - fell by 46 per cent, and transcription time reduced by 13.6 minutes a day.
4 Days in the Digital Future
Chronicle of Higher
that Miami Dade installed in a new building. A few years ago, she first saw capacious storage devices that plug into USB drives, which led her to recommend that the college stop buying computers with floppy-disk drives. And it was in Las Vegas that she first saw the tablet PC, a laptoplike device that she is now trying to introduce on her campus.
The BookLocker drives are just one aspect of a pilot project at Miami Dade to provide tablet PC's to some students and faculty members in the School of Education. Ms. Sigler has been using a tablet PC ever since they were unveiled at the Comdex show here, four years ago, and she says they have features that are better for teaching and learning than those of standard laptop computers. Tablets' main advantage, she says, is that users can write directly on the screen, and the computer can save the image of the handwriting or translate it into electronic text. She brought her tablet PC with her to Las Vegas, although she did not lug it around during the show.
But tablet PC's have been slow to find a market. In fact, when Ms. Sigler heads over to the booth of Hewlett-Packard, the company that makes the tablet PC she uses, a representative tells her that the company is no longer marketing the devices to consumers. It has none on display at the show.
"How do you expect these things to catch on if you don't have them out where consumers can see them?" she says as she leaves the booth.
Longhorn: One Version Or Many?
Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, who publishes the SuperSite for Windows Web site, claims that Longhorn will ship in seven, count 'em, seven different versions when the operating system wraps. (According to Thurrott, the OS is now scheduled to release to manufacturing -- meaning it's heading to duplication -- in late May 2006.)
Among the seven editions, said Thurrott on his site, are a Starter Edition (similar to Windows XP Starter, the edition Microsoft's pitching to developing countries), Home, Premium/Media, Professional, Small Business, Mobility/Tablet PC, and finally, something he dubbed ""ber" Edition.
This version, said Thurrott, will be "a new product edition that bridges the consumer and business versions and includes all of the features from the Home, Premium, Pro, Small Business, and Tablet PC Editions (but not Starter Edition)."
Other analysts aren't so sure Microsoft will flood the channel with a plethora of products.
January 18, 2005
Topaz Systems Introduces SigPlus Pro .NET Electronic Signature Software
Topaz Systems, Inc. announces the release of SigPlus Pro .NET, the newest member of the SigPlus(R) electronic signature software family. SigPlus Pro .NET provides the tools for the creation or integration of eCommerce applications by enabling the capture, encryption, and storage of electronic signatures in electronic documents. This native assembly enables development in the .NET environment using managed code, and joins a software line which also includes tools for Java, J2ME, C++, ActiveX, Unix/Linux, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Retailers Make Trial Offers on Shopping Technologies
Tired of waiting in line at your supermarket's deli counter? At select Stop & Shop stores, you can place an order through a tablet-size PC that's mounted on a shopping cart and connected to a wireless network and be notified electronically when your order is ready
Microsoft Considers Integrating Media Center Functionality Into Center Functionality Into Standard OS
Media Center PC World
Currently XPMCE is sold as a separate product to XP Home and XP professional, but this new development would mean that a PC could be multifunction e.g. a laptop would be a media center when docked, but a tablet PC when undocked.
This would go some way towards placing Microsoft at the center of the digital home as users would be more likely to use functionality built into their existing OS, than switch to another, however similar.
Dealer jump-starts repairs with clipboard-size PCs
Greensboro News Record
When the maroon Toyota Corolla pulls into the service bay at Rice Toyota, the assistant service manager, Robert Kane, hurries over to quiz the driver about what’s wrong with her car.
Instead of a clipboard filled with paper forms, Kane carries a tablet PC — a computer about the size of a clipboard.
Kane scribbles in the customer’s complaint — her car is running rough — and his handwriting automatically is converted to type.
With a few more pen strokes, he enters the vehicle identification number and more details about the car.
The driver of the maroon Corolla had never brought that car in for service, so Kane had to write down the car’s vehicle identification number. But in most cases, he and Bowden are able to use an infrared scanner built into the tablet PC to scan the bar-coded VIN.
One swipe, which takes only seconds, automatically calls up details about the car, including the make, model, year and service history, and the customer.
Agilix has announced a limited time offer for new users of GoBinder.
In conjunction with the just released New King James Version Bible for the Tablet PC by Nelson Bibles and Zoe Technologies, Agilix has announced a limited time offer for new users of GoBinder.
Students will receive $10.00 off the normal price of $49.95: $39.95.
Non-students will receive $25.00 off the normal price of $79.95: $54.95. This special pricing is valid through 2/28/05
January 19, 2005
Q: Is Microsoft developing its own Tablet PC hardware to meet the demand of lower price points?
A: Microsoft has not, nor will they, announce plans to develop and bring to market its own brand of Tablet PC. The current and future focus of Tablet PC at Microsoft remains centered on platform innovation and the on-going support of customers and partners. Various European online media sources have recently reported, from a CeBIT preview event, that Microsoft intends to bring its own Tablet PC to market. This is factually incorrect. At the event Microsoft made statements that in the near future the industry would see a number of OEM partners manufacturing Tablet PCs with compelling price points, hardware designs and specifications aimed at the consumer market. This does not represent a change in direction; it’s a mere expansion of the platform across markets.
Wouldn't you like to be a partner too
If you're interested in learning more about the Tablet PC platform, you can receive information directly from Microsoft by registering as a Microsoft Tablet PC Alliance Partner. The Alliance Partner program is open to the general public, bloggers, journalists, businesses and institutions using Tablet PCs, and hardware and software companies considering or already building Tablet PC related products.
When you sign up, you can request a subscription to the Tablet PC Partner Newsletter, Tablet PC News. You will be able to receive technical information about the platform, upon request. This is especially useful for microISVs that are in the process of developing product.
Going to Microsoft Windows Anywhere?
G. Andrew Duthie reminds people about Microsoft Windows Anywhere: The Tablet PC and Mobile PC Developer Conference
Limited Time Offer: Register for Microsoft Windows Anywhere and receive a Microsoft software package worth over $1000 including: Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office System 2003, Microsoft MapPoint, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft Rise of Nations Gold Edition, Microsoft MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, and Encarta Reference Library. (Software subject to change.) To qualify, use code MSMWA when registering. Offer good only to registered event attendees with confirmation of attendance at any two Windows Anywhere sessions. Microsoft is not responsible for non-delivery of gift due to incorrect postal information provided by registrant. This offer is non-transferable. Limit one gift per person. Good while supplies last.
January 20, 2005
Otterbox 4600 Tablet PC Case--Waterproof, Dustproof, Crushproof
Safeguard your Fijitsu™ Stylistic Tablet PC from rain, dust and impact with the ruggedized Otter Box 4600 from Otter Products, LLC. This waterproof, crush-resistant case economically protects Tablet PCs and valuable data.
The Otterbox 4600’s shell is made of glass reinforced ABS for maximum strength and durability and thick thermoplastic rubber over molding allows optimum grip and impact absorption. A flexible PVC screen membrane provides complete functionality and a waterproof, breathable Gore™ membrane facilitates heat and pressure dissipation.
Otterbox 4600 accommodates Fijitsu™ ST4000 and ST5000 series
Twinhead Introduces New Product Lineup
RTO Online, MO
Twinhead’s rugged T8000 Tablet PC with an 8.4-inch LCD display is sure to generate excitement. Leading the list of notable Twinhead notebooks on display at CES 2005 are the thin & light N23PV (12-inch display), the semi-rugged N15RB (15-inch display), and the desktop replacement D17PI (17-inch wide screen display).
Rugged Tablet PC
This outstanding T8000 tablet PC is the solution for people requiring power, performance and toughness in any type of work situation. The T8000 is a rugged tablet computer specifically designed for public safety, military and industrial applications. Its 8.4-inch TFT LCD display, hard drive and keyboard are all specially designed to operate under the most adverse conditions.
January 24, 2005
Several people have mentioned to me that their 4 year old child has been practicing math skills with MathPractice. There are even some 3-1/2 year old MathPractice enthusiasts too. Simply amazing.
Since I originally wrote MathPractice I've been adjusting the user interface to make it easier for younger Tabletters. I've been increasing the size of the writing area, providing more control over the problems generated and more.
But what's really been needed is a whole MathPractice experience geared towards the youngest Tablet mathematicians. We're finally getting there with the new MathPractice Starter app, which we'll be releasing with the forthcoming updates to the MathPractice series that I've mentioned in previous posts.
PhatWare Announces Upgrades to PhatPad - Award-Winning Notes Organizing Software
PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the upgrade to its award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Tablet and Desktop PCs. The application turns any Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC or Tablet PC into the ultimate notepad. The user can draw pictures, jot text notes, or combine text, drawings and pictures to increase their personal and professional productivity.
Leading Healthcare Executives Cite Emerging Trends, Growing Role of Tablet PCs in Clinical Mobility Initiatives
Tablet PCs are playing an increasingly significant role in helping most leading health systems improve patient care and clinical productivity -- a trend expected to continue throughout 2005 and beyond, according to a consensus of independent healthcare executives comprising the Motion Computing(R) Health and Life Sciences Advisory Board.
In 2005, the advisory board also expects:
-- more advanced ways of measuring the impact of tablet PCs on clinical workflow and productivity;
-- acceleration of clinical system deployments to improve patient safety, clinician workflow and productivity;
-- continued implementation and maturation of wireless infrastructure and associated security;
-- design integration of point technologies, such as security, data input/access capabilities, that make usage even more natural; and
-- improved performance in battery life, weight, screen clarity and external device integration.
"Tablet PC deployments are growing, either in discrete departments and application areas or as part of more pervasive clinician mobility or patient safety initiatives," said Alan Cranford, senior vice president and CIO of Vanguard Health System and Motion advisory board member. "A year ago, many hospital systems were in the process of implementing wireless networks and piloting various form factors to determine which made the most sense for physicians and nurses. While some of that continues, the data I have observed suggests a majority of leading health systems are now successfully implementing tablet PCs."
Our research indicates continued acceleration of wireless infrastructure and point of care devices, like tablet PCs, being used in both inpatient units and outpatient settings.
From nurse charting to electronic medical records, medication administration, departmental forms automation and case management, products such as Motion's thin and light M1400 Tablet PC already are enabling health organizations to use technologies more efficiently and improve productivity and clinical care. For instance, Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., is using Motion tablets at patient's bedsides to prevent nine to 15 potential errors per day, in conjunction with a medication administration system using bar-coding technology.
Six of the top 10 hospitals listed in U.S. News & World Report's 2004 annual ranking of leading hospitals use Motion tablet PCs, including Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins. In one of the largest tablet PC implementations, HealthSouth Corp. is deploying 5,000 Motion tablet PCs throughout its nationwide network of about 1,400 outpatient rehabilitation facilities. The tablets have already streamlined workflow and productivity for clinicians and enhanced patient care.
Intellisync Advances CRM Mobility With Launch of New Oracle | PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne Mobile Sales Application
Intellisync Corporation , a leading developer and marketer of wireless software for the worldwide mobile communications industry, today announced that Oracle | PeopleSoft has launched an Intellisync(R)-powered mobile sales product in the EnterpriseOne line. PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne 8.11 Mobile Sales is designed to extend Oracle | PeopleSoft data to users of laptop and tablet PCs.
The solution includes two high-performance components of the award-winning Intellisync Mobile Suite(TM) product to keep laptop and tablet PC users in touch with the information on which they depend throughout the day.
Averatec sets up shop in UK
Averatec also offers the Athlon XP-M based C3500 Tablet PC and the Centrino-branded 3300 thin'n'light range, priced at £695 and up. Most models provide 802.11g Wi-Fi networking as standard, along with free-for-life helpdesk support and one-year back-to-base warranty.
US-based, Korean-backed notebook maker Averatec has begun selling its systems in the UK with the intention of becoming "a major player" in the laptop market here.
Averatec today said it had put in place sales partnerships with an unnamed "major reseller" to offer its 3200, 3300 and 6200 notebook families.
South Dakota CIO Relies on Gateway Tablet
The solution to Doll's mobile computing challenge came in the form of Gateway's Tablet PC. The innovative device looks more like a pad of paper than a standard laptop computer, and it allows the user to actually write on the device's screen ? similar to pen and paper.
The Gateway Tablet's Intel Centrino mobile technology with Intel Pentium M processor provides the functionality Doll needs as South Dakota CIO.
"Let's face it, we're an 8 1/2-by-11-world, and I needed that footprint," said Doll. Equipped with wireless connectivity, the Tablet PC allows Doll to take notes, save and retrieve files, access the Internet ? and do anything else he once did with a laptop. Doll says the Tablet has distinct advantages over other mobile devices.
"It's paper-size. I can readily move it from portrait to landscape just like a pad of paper," he said. "I can use different colors, highlight things, and I can draw again for the first time."
The Gateway® Tablet also allows Doll and his colleagues to interact on an entirely different level. "A lot of times I'll hand the Tablet to one of the staff and say, 'OK, show me,' and voilà, they're drawing me something, and we're conversing back and forth over what is, in essence, this 'piece of paper.'
"But unlike pen and ink, this 'piece of paper' can save the drawing, e-mail it, print it out to share with others, or embellish it in a number of ways. The Gateway Tablet PC's easy portability allows Doll to carry the device around the office or anywhere his high-intensity job takes him.
The Gateway Tablet PC helped Doll in another, unexpected way as well. "I was getting a little bit of carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist, so going back to writing instead of using the mouse and keyboard has really helped," he said.
Since acquiring the Gateway Tablet, Doll has stopped using a PDA and keyboard ? although a keyboard is available for the Tablet in an easy-to-carry clamshell bag. "I strictly live by the Tablet in its natural singular state of just the device itself," he said.
January 25, 2005
Socket's USB Adapter with Bluetooth Wireless Technology Extends Comprehensive Family of Cordless Products
The Socket CF Connection Kit with PC Card Adapter enables Windows notebooks and Tablet PCs to use a Bluetooth enabled phone as a wireless gateway using the Socket Cordless Card, a Type I CF card. The Socket CF card is the only card on the market with an integrated antenna, which along with the PC card adaptor fits flush within the device.
Control Break International Integrates OMNIKEY's CardMan(R) 4040 ...
OMNIKEY's high-speed PCMCIA smart card reader technology further enhances CBI clients' ability to prevent theft and misuse of sensitive enterprise data, whether it is stored on a PC hard drive or any type of mobile storage device, including laptops, PDAs tablet PCs or even set-top boxes. With its high-speed data transmission rate and exceptional interoperability, the CardMan® 4040 solution is ideal for integrating smart card reader functionality into mobile computer systems.
"The use of complete hard disk encryption is most common among laptops and tablet PCs - that is why CBI is dedicated to fully supporting PCMIA Smart Card readers in SafeBoot® solution.
Austin Sky Technology
TESA (Teacher Evaluation Software Assistant)
Offers a principal the ability to evaluate and rate teachers and staff anywhere on a handheld or mobile device.
• True Mobility: Pocket PC, desktop, laptop, Tablet PC – regardless of network connection.
• Secure: Resides on server for campus or department.
• Easy-to-use: Contains common sentence library for quick sentence creation. Uses YOUR appraisal methodology or state assessment tools such as PDAS in Texas.
• Consolidates information by campus (and can be consolidated by district).
The Light Fantastic
Hewlett-Packard's Compaq Tablet PC tc1100 has an even smaller detachable keyboard. It does offer the perks of the relatively young tablet technology. For example, the tc1100 comes with a battery-free digital pen that uses Microsoft's handwriting recognition software--suitable for those who want to jot down notes while on the move. The tc1100 weighs only 3.1 pounds, but increases to 4 pounds when the keyboard is attached. Slightly heavier is the Fujitsu T4010 Tablet PC, at 4.3 pounds with weight-saver or 4.7 pounds with a media drive installed. Its convertible design keeps it close to being a regular laptop.
January 26, 2005
If your product is in alpha, beta, or production form, list a trial or demo version at www.tabletpcpost.com. Visitors to TabletPCPost are your target audience and a listing there will increase the probability of you making a sale.
Wireless PC scheme launched
Thirty academics in the university's School of Computing and Intelligent Systems will this week receive Toshiba Tablet PCs, which they will use to deliver lectures and communicate with students.
From the next academic year in September 2005 it is planned that the first year single honours and computing major students in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems will be issued with wireless-enabled tablet PCs, bringing a new level of interactive, collaborative learning to the campus.
The integration of Tablet PCs, wireless technology and Smart Classrooms will bring major changes in the way students learn and academics teach.
"We are creating an infrastructure which will permit students to engage in a much more interactive manner with the learning and teaching process, in an enjoyable, interesting and flexible educational environment.
The North-West Institute for Further and Higher Education is delighted to be involved in this flagship project. Ten lecturers in the computing section of the NWIFHE will also receive wireless-enabled tablet PCs.
"This state-of-the-art technology will be exploited to enhance the learning experience of students and lead the way for innovation in the delivery of courses at the institute"
Midway Through School Year, Mayville State University's Rollout of of Gateway Tablet PCs a Pen-Ultimate Success
Call it the high-tech heartland. Call it PCs on the plains. Call it what you will, but Mayville State University in eastern North Dakota has joined a select group of pioneering colleges adopting tablet PCs as part of its computing mandate program campus-wide.
Halfway through Mayville State's first year of rolling out Gateway M275 convertible tablet PCs campus-wide, the experiment has been nothing short of a major success. Mayville State, which enrolls more than 900 students, selected Gateway, Inc. as its technology provider of choice after weighing several factors -- including how user-friendly the technology was, the availability of on-campus training and the quality of customer support.
As one of the nation's first tablet PC universities, Mayville State elected to standardize its students, teachers and staff on Gateway's M275 convertible tablet PC, which offers all the features of a mainstream notebook, plus pen input functionality. More than 750 university-leased M275s were distributed to all full-time students and current faculty members. The university chose the Gateway M275 over a more traditional notebook because of the tablet's interactive features that allow students to take notes on-screen, professors to annotate live presentations and more.
"Mayville State is always looking toward the future. We were one of the first laptop universities in the nation and our partnership with Gateway enabled us take the next step toward tablet PC computing.
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
This download works with the following Office applications:
- Microsoft Office 2003
- Microsoft Office Excel 2003
- Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003
- Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
- Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
- Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
- Microsoft Office Word 2003
January 27, 2005
Microsoft Windows Anywhere - Exhibit Hall Only Passes
If you're in the Bay area and would like to go through the Microsoft Windows Anywhere: The Tablet PC and Mobile PC Developer Conference exhibit hall area, then you may register for an Exhibit Hall Only Pass. The pass costs $25.
Several Tablet PC hardware manufacturers will have booths, in addition to Microsoft, so it'll be a good time to play with hardware, ask questions, and see demonstrations. Come check it out!
What trend do you think the IT press, VCs and analysts are missing?
I can think of an answer I am sure that all of you Tablet PC hardware manufacturers, Tablet PC software developers, and Tablet PC owners can too. Enter your answer in the Write your own ticket to PC Forum 2005 Contest for a chance to win a ticket to PC Forum 2005.
Should Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Embedded be considered?
The number one question after the talk was, "Is Microsoft considering an embedded verison of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?" What a shocker Afterall, it's a group of people interested in embedded OS. One point of consideration was that they didn't see a technical reason why Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Embedded couldn't simply replace Windows XP Embedded.
Is suggesting that a potential embedded version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition replace what is currently available heresy? Nah, it's progress. If done correctly, the Tablet PC features would add more input methods and increase what the user could do. Since many of the embedded users are already in healthcare, sales force, etc. it might just be welcomed.
January 28, 2005
Coming In February
Review: Fujitsu ST5020 Tablet PC
Review: Otterbox 4600
Reviews and additions to the Software and Accessories pages
Microsoft Tries to Nudge Tablet PCs Into the Mainstream
Microsoft and vendors including Toshiba and Acer want to move beyond niche markets, so they will no longer target Tablet PCs chiefly at mobile professionals and specific industries such as health care and insurance. This year, both Acer and Toshiba will start selling tablets that are not as thin, light, or powerful as their predecessors, but that are up to 25 percent cheaper.
"We're right on the verge of seeing a lot more competitively priced tablets on the market," said Robert Williams, director of business development and partner engineering in Microsoft's Mobile Platforms Division. "This spring, you will see tablets go into retail in the $1500 to $1600 price range."
For the past year or so, Microsoft has been working with PC makers and component suppliers to push down the cost of manufacturing Tablet PCs, Williams said. As a result, the new tablets should only be $100 to $200 more expensive than comparable notebooks
Toshiba America plans to ship a new Tablet PC in its Satellite consumer and small business notebook line in the first quarter of this year. The $1599 Satellite R15-S822 will be the first Toshiba Tablet PC to be sold widely in retail stores
Newcomer Averatec is ahead of the curve. The San Diego company in mid-2004 shipped a $1350 Tablet PC that is sold in retail stores.
On February 2, HP plans to introduce two new Tablet PCs in its business notebook lineup. One of the devices will be the company's first convertible notebook, a machine that resembles a traditional notebook but that has a screen that swivels around to support pen-based computing. The device will cost just over $2000.
Tablet PC bug 'fills computer with ink'
FOR THE RECORD: We have 7 diffrent tablet PCs running 24/7 in this office and not one of them has ever crashed from this memory leak.
Linda A. Epstein, Owner/Editor/PublisherTabletPc2.com
Voicebrook Selects ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking to Speech Enable VoiceOver Enterprise Medical Transcription Solution
Voicebrook leveraged the ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking SDK to quickly and easily add speech recognition capabilities to VoiceOver Enterprise, which provides robust transcription processing capabilities for a wide variety of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 8 enables the real-time conversion of speech into text, allowing documents and forms to be completed by voice. As a result, speech recognition is the fastest way to enter clinical data into an EMR, and delivers the greatest reduction in transcription processing costs. Caregivers have the flexibility to capture voice input from a range of devices, including digital recorders, PDA's and Tablet PC's.
January 31, 2005
Microsoft and Digital Dimension Team Up for Super Bowl XXXIX
Microsoft Corp. and Digital Dimension, a four-time Emmy Award-winning visual effects and animation studio, today announced that Digital Dimension used Microsoft® technologies to create the visual effects for the opening sequence of Super Bowl XXXIX. When the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, an estimated 140 million viewers worldwide will see one minute of cutting-edge visuals that were developed using Microsoft Windows Server System (TM) .
To accommodate the mobility of many of its project managers, Digital Dimension provided each project manager with a Tablet PC with wireless network connectivity. Using the Tablet PC made it even easier for project managers to interact with key information -- anywhere, anytime.