CES companies come out with new devices
Most companies at CES are busy flaunting there new slate or tablet devices that are basically hand held screens and do some or most what a laptop does. But these slates do not have keyboards and touch pads, but instead touch controls and, often, 3G data access.
This week saw many versions coming in, which ranged from extensive hands-on demos to arms-length sneak peeks of devices that may or may not ever see the light of day. All of the products operate under Apple's still-unannounced tablet.
Lenovo released the user friendly product- the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid, which looks like a normal Intel Core 2 Duo laptop, with a detachable screen that has its own CPU and Linux-based operating system.
Moving ahead, Microsoft and HP gathered lot of attention with news items about a tablet/slate PC that Steve Ballmer would demo at his keynote presentation. The audience was not much impressed by this little seen and known device.
More immediate is the new TouchSmart tm2 convertible tablet, which is the latest version of HP's swiveling screen laptop.