MWSF07: Other World Computing, Atrionix, Debut ModBook at Expo

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 19:41
Category: Hardware

San Francisco — Axiotron and Other World Computing have unveiled the long-anticipated ModBook, the first Macintosh laptop modified to use a tablet interface.

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The unit, which was created by Axiotron and is being distributed within the U.S. by Other World Computing is tentatively priced at $2,279 and ships as a do-it-yourself kit that adds a true pen input, 13.3″ widescreen LCD and optional Global Positioning System within a toughened satin chrome-plated magnesium casing.
For the full article as well as a picture gallery of the mobbed unveiling, check out the jump…


San Francisco — Axiotron and Other World Computing have unveiled the long-anticipated ModBook, the first Macintosh laptop modified to use a tablet interface.

modbook_love.jpg


The unit, which was created by Axiotron and is being distributed within the U.S. by Other World Computing is tentatively priced at $2,279 and ships as a do-it-yourself kit that adds a true pen input, 13.3″ widescreen LCD and optional Global Positioning System within a toughened satin chrome-plated magnesium casing.
The ModBook features the same technologies within a typical MacBook laptop including an Intel Core 2 Duo up to G GHz, Mac OS X, iSight camera and CD/DVD combo drive. The unit makes full use of Apple’s introduced-then-kind-of-put-aside Ink pen recognition technology as well as Wacom technologies such as Penabled hardware with a stylus arriving with the kit. The stylus requires no batteries and can act as an effective interface even when hovering slightly above the tablet’s surface.
A 1-year warranty is standard with the unit and an optional 3-year warranty can also be ordered with the kit.
For a full gallery on flickr, click here.
The ModBook also arrives with an optional Global Positioning System built on the SiRFstar III chipset thanks to GlobalSat Technologies Corporation.
Until January 31st and throughout Macworld Expo, Other World Computing is offering the ModBook plus the GPS option for an introductory price of $2,199. The unit was well-received during its unveiling at the combined Other World Computing/Axiotronic booth with a packed crowd milling around to see what was being shown. When the ModBooks were put out on the stands to play with, one of the PowerPage readers from last night’s ice cream social stepped up to bat and began to go over the screen with the stylus like a seasoned pro. Laughing, he drew a few quick sketches and seemed to like what was in front of him before letting another person step up and try it out.
No word has been given as to what’s involved in installing the kit and how long this might take for the average user.
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