Intel holds a Mobility Day once a year to show off their latest concept designs and processors. The bulk of the products being shown off is, of course, the Intel Core Duo processors. Intel rented a penthouse at the Hudson Hotel, in New York, and here are several things that caught my eye. Last year, it was a Tablet PC surfboard. This year is the Tablet PC Guitar. I tried to run away, tried not to look, but it was too late, I had asked my first question. The guitar is made by Fender, and Intel was able to integrate the HP Compaq tc1100 Tablet PC into the back of the guitar. Flip it over, and you can play it like an actual electric guitar. They even hired a musician to jam at the penthouse, and using an application like CakeWalk Sonar, he could record his own tunes directly into the Tablet PC. He was combining tracks that he had made prior to the event.
Now, the guitar doesn’t have any USB ports or any type of visible data transfer connections. How did he do it? He emailed himself the clips through yahoo mail. Thank goodness for WiFi. Moving on.The Montevallo PC is another conceptual design. It’s a convertible tablet that slides, rather than rotates, into a notebook. They showed this off at Spring IDF, and it’s not even conceptual anymore since Acer is doing it with the Travelmate C200. I digg the design, but tablets are still a while away from gaining acceptance. For all of you suede lovers, Toray Ultrasuede can drape your laptop in suede, velvet, or whatever material you want to rub your hands against. Just make sure you don’t get water on it. The company does apparel and industrial designs, and Oh, did I mention those are Core Duo laptops. In other aesthetic news, I was blinded by an emerald green Core Duo notebook from iBUYPOWER. I also saw a pretty yellow Asus Lamborghini notebook and a white clad Hypersonic thin and light. And yes, there are plenty of modern day scenarios where we can use these Core Duo laptops.
Intel showed off their latest partnership with Skype, which allows up to a 10-user conferencing, though I barely know 3 people that uses Skype, and supposedly the 10-user conferencing is only available with Core Duo processors. Core Duo laptops are also high definition friendly. Not really news, but they showed off the Toshiba Qosmio with an HD DVD player. Editing HD content was also done using a Core Duo laptop and Pinnacle Studio software. They even attached an off-air HD TV tuner to a Core Duo laptop, while using Windows MCE to record all the HD content. To sum it all up, Intel Core Duo processors are fast and they can multitask. Maybe it’s time to upgrade.