There certainly has been a lot of features integrated into the tablet PC. Its one way for the manufacturers to make their tablet device to stand out of the crowd in their attempt to make it to the consumer’s heart and mind. And pockets of course.
Now the Taiwan based manufacturer Micro Start International or just MSI has taken the game a bit forward by integrating something as diverse as an entire projector on the latest tablet PC that they are showing off.
However, what has come out of the tablet concept in the end is surely not going to win MSI any beauty contest prizes though might score on functionality aspects. Its a 7 inch tablet alright but on top of it sits a projector that somehow feels might come off any moment. The entire set up also looks a bit cumbersome as well as top heavy.
Th projector itself is housed within a plastic that can swivel a full 180 degrees or even more. So the end result is, the MSI WindPad 100W running Windows 7 that forms the tablet base can be used to project on a screen or a wall right behind the tablet or even on the surface on which the tablet is placed. While that is surely welcome, another positive aspect with the setup is that it also opens up new opportunities. Like the projector can be used to project a virtual keyboard on the desk though MSI does not seem to have any technology in place as of now to make such a ‘projected keyboard’ functional.
Also, there is no word from MSI if the projector tablet PC concept will be a market reality any time soon, if ever that happens that is. But if that does, its almost sure it will have more takers in the enterprise sector than anywhere else.
Meanwhile, there are also reports of MSI entering the Indian tablet market with its WindPad 100A that was showcased at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show. The WindPad 100A is Android based, Android 2.2 Froyo to be precise and includes, among other features, Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS. It will have a 10.1 inch multi touch display and an ARM processor. The tablet will be launched soon, most probably in February itself though there are no pricing details available as yet.
Here is a video of the Projector Tablet concept sourced from tbreak.