How big do you think a Tablet PC can get. We know of the Dell Streak that sports a puny 5 inch screen. That perhaps is the smallest size for a device to be still classified a Tablet for anything less than that, and it runs the risk of ending up being in smartphone territory. Then there are the JooJoos and the ICD Vegas at the upper end of the spectrum with screens measuring 12 inches and 15 inches respectively. Also, with a screen measuring 15 inches, the Vega from ICD is clearly the biggest tablet PC we have seen so far.
But here’s one Tablet PC that can shake things up. Welcome the new mTouch tablet from Merel Technologies. And its claim to fame, a massive 42 inch LED-lit LCD screen, that, in spite of its size, is strong enough to take up the role of a drink coaster as well. Of course for those who think its way too big, there a 32 inch sized tablet as well. But at 32 or 42 inches, the mTouch is a far cry of what we think of Tablets since these are not the portable device that Tablet have come to be known for. Instead, the mTouch can actually be termed a ‘table tablet.’
Specs wise, the mTouch has an 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor along with 4GB of DDR2 RAM. A 320GB SATA hard drive provides with enough storage space with the mTouch that includes 20 touch points on its LED-lit LCD screen. Then there’s a built-in GeForce 9300 graphics to render life like pictures on the huge screen, which essentially is a stacked multi-touch layer along with an LCD TV that makes up the display interface. The entire touch components along with the user interface and the operating system are proprietary to Merel. The display incorporates gesture recognition, object recognition, and multi-user multi-touch features so that what we have with the mTouch is a device that makes for an innovative means of interacting with media and kiosk apps.
Merel Technologies is busy setting up an apps store that will make available interesting and useful apps to the user, which will enable one to browse devices via Bluetooth, browse photos and classifieds, or even access video right on their table. These in turn will further enhance the appeal of the mTouch. This is in addition to the integrated browser window which also includes a virtual keyboard that the mTouch features along with the ability to sync media files from the phone. The tablet tablet is built in New York and can be purchased right away.
Consumer electronics major Sharp too had come up with a gigantic Tablet PC back in CeBIT 2007 though not much has been heard of it till then.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email