It seems the Tablet PCs were just about to reach a stage of stability with a more or less defined set of functionalities built into a tablet device. Manufacturers would toy around with these and would include some or even all of these into their tablet offerings. The iPad so famously lacks a built in camera and is even without a USB port. Even 3G was not available on the initial versions of the iPad. Then there also are tablets like the Dell Streak 5 that includes a 5 mp camera while the upcoming Innoversal Lattice has a built-in 8 mp Wide-Angle Lens camera. And lest you think its a digicam that’s being talked about, the Lattice is a tablet pc with a 10.1 inch screen from makers Innoversal.
But now it seems, DigiLife is keen to take the game a step ahead and decided to equip their iOne tablet with a VGA pico-projector. Its a proper tablet pc alright. It too will have a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen. Then there will also be microSD as well as USB ports. It will run the Google’s Android operating system and will be powered by a Samsung Cortex A8 ARM-based processor. But it will also have one thing that no other tablet pc right now can boast of, a VGA-resolution pico-projector built into it.
Makers DigiLife insists that 80 percent of the development work is over though the prototype on display at the Computex was a non functional model. Also, DigiLife revealed they are yet to decide on which sort of pico-projector to equip their tablet with and are evaluating several technologies from various firms to arrive at the best possible configuration. It will however be there in the markets in just about a month’s time and if you are too skeptical if a tablet with a projector is going to work after all or if you are just interested in the tablet aspect of it, there will also be a version sans the projector.
Now coming to the price, DigiLife said the iOne without the projector will be priced below $200 while the one with the projector integrated into it will cost around $300. This can lift the eye brows of many since most of the stand alone projectors alone costs more than that. So its like getting the tablet free. So it does seem to be one of those ‘unbelievable but true’ sort of thing at present. Though if it indeed proves to be a reality, it might find takers among company officials who wont have to bank on a separate projectors for displaying any presentations. Their tablet will be enough to do that.
Watch this space for more developments on this along with all the e-reader news.