Tablets and 3D PC Dominates Computex 2010

The recently concluded Computex 2010 held in Taipe Taiwan gave us a glimpse of what the I.T. industry is gearning up in the next few months. Technology companies who participated in the event showcased two prominent technologies that will somehow change the way we do computing – Tablet PCs and 3D PC.

Companies like Asus showed off the eee Pad 121 while MSI shows their own Tablet offering, the MSI Wind-Pad. The Eee Pad has a 12-inch touchscreen display and is a “full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and internet device. The Eee Pad has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Windows 7 operating system. Asus will also be offering a 10-inch display version of the Eee Pad.

MSI on the other hand will be offering two tablets – one will be running Windows 7 operating system and the other one is powered by Google’s Android OS. The Wind-Pad will have a have 10-inch screens, 2 GB of RAM and a 1.6-GHz Atom processor. The tablets will offer 3G and Wi-Fi capability. Both are expected to be available in the third quarter of the year.

Other companies who showed their tablet PC offerings are Compal Electronics, Browan Communications, Firstone Technology, Digitran, FuJian Sanxi Electronics and others.

Aside from the tablet PCs, 3D PC also shared the limelight at Computex. MSI offers their MSI Wind Top AE2420 3D, a touch screen 3D All-in-One that can run touch-operated 3D games. Wind Top AE2420 3D features MSI’s exclusively developed 3D Station technology combined with a 120Hz high resolution panel that transmits high density 3D digital content to Shutter Glasses. Through precise image processing technology, it uses 3D visual effects that simulate how the human eye views actual images. The Wind Top AE2420 3D comes with MSI’s exclusive 3D Infinity Shutter Glasses and a tailored panel that creates smoother overall 3D picture imaging. MSI’s 3D Station technology can also take 2D images and instantly transform them into 3D images, solving the current shortage of 3D movies.

Asus is also offering their own version of 3D PCs called ASUS EeeTop PC ET 24″. The EeeTop PC ET 24″ comes with 3D capabilities, enabling users to experience hundreds of the latest PC games, movies and photos in full stereoscopic 3D, and ultra-high speed connectivity options such as USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) and Bluetooth 3.0. It also features Asus SonicMaster technology that delivers a host of sonic improvements over regular all-in-one PC speakers, including a wider frequency range, four times the volume limit and lower distortion.

So will tablet PCs and 3D Pcs be the computers of the future? I don’t think so.

Speaking at the All Things Digital conference, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said people are going to be using PCs in greater and greater numbers in the years to come. PCs will start to shift in form factor. “The real question is what’s a PC? The truth of the matter is nothing that people do on PCs today will get less relevant tomorrow,” Balmer added. “The PC as we know it will continue to morph form factor.”

I have used the iPad and have seen upcoming tablets as well. My impression is the same as what Balmer said, tablets are PCs with a different form factor. Tablets will serve a sector of the market but it will not render notebooks or netbooks obsolete. I would like to believe that tablets will best serve book readers and students, provided that they become more affordable of course. I would like to see the day when students will just bring one tablet to school with all their reading materials installed. Believe me, its not far-fetched.

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