Watch my grandmother use this new touch screen Sony e-reader. It's a product that is suitable for people like her, who like to read lots, who may enjoy having access to all the worlds books electronically on this thin and light device. In this review, after having barely used the device before, she tries to navigate through the menus, open some PDF files, make fonts larger (to not need glasses) and she even does a drawing.
Sony's new infrared based touch screen technology is quite awesome, great for UI navigations and for making annotations, provides touch on e-ink without taking away any of the Pearl e-ink's screens visibility. Too bad though that this PRS-650 doesn't come with at least WiFi nor with a 3G option, would have made the touch screen more useful if it could interact with web apps and web contents. I want Chrome-to-phone like Chrome-to-eink functionality where a one click in the web browser on my Laptop or Android device, should beam that article over to my Connected e-reader's reading queue. And then I want annotations to become more useful and collaborative. 10 people working on the same text should be able to wirelessly share annotations in real-time. When I annotate a text, it should automatically be attached as comments to any site using Sidewiki or some other such web annotation standards to interoperate with websites existing commenting systems (post scribbled annotations as comments!). A bluetooth or USB keyboard and a built-in kickstand should provide a setup for full speed text entry.
HP is releasing this Freescale i.MX51 Powered $399 Android 2.2 Tablet which includes a "full function" color printer, with scanner and WiFi internet connection. The Android OS has been customized by HP to include only apps for printing stuff, the idea being that you can carry around this Android tablet and launch a bunch of prints wirelessly and dock it to your printer for charging. This may be the first Yahoo customized Android device, it doesn't include Google apps/email/maps/marketplace but uses exclusively Yahoo apps and widgets.
Acer is releasing this new 6" e-ink e-reader, without a touch screen, it's not Pearl type e-ink display, comes with 3G and WiFi options and supports online book stores like the German libri.de book store.
Onyx International has improved their hardware design to provide a drop proof protection for the glass wacom enabled 6" e-ink screen.
Universal Microelectronics Co. Ltd. is making this range of Android Tablets based on the Freescale i.MX51 ARM Cortex A8 processor, with capacitive touch sensors for the Android hardware buttons, volume, channels and power. See how far they have come since my previous video of what they were showing at IFA last year: http://armdevices.net/2009/09/05/720p-android-on-a-video-phone-by-universal-microelectronics-co-ltd/
Mastone is presenting their finalized 7" 4:3 aspect ratio Android tablet, powered by the Freescale i.MX51, with 3G sim card support.
Philips is launching this new Android based media player. It is based on the Freescale i.MX51 ARM Cortex A8 based processor and officially comes with support for the Google Marketplace and is going to be sold for 249€.
Freescale is one of the manufacturers partnering with ARM on making the new Cortex-M4 type of processors, Freescale calls them the Kinetis Cortex-M4 Microcontrollers. Cortex-M4 may help to enable to connect all things to the internet, such as the oven, the fridge, motors, medical and industrial applications. It's something about adding DSP and programmable features into cheap Microcontrollers that may be put into all devices to help connect them to the Internet for cheap. Do you have some good ideas of what Cortex-M4 will be used for in the market? Write in the comments.
In this video, Jerone Young, Partner Engineer at Canonical explains the status of software optimizations and development to make ARM Powered Laptops and Desktops a reality. He tells about some of the fascinating challenges where Canonical is working together with the their partners at the Linaro group of companies (ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments...) to realize a full desktop experience on ARM Powered devices, including full and fast web browsing and full access to most of the most useful Ubuntu applications.
It's about hardware acceleration, about standardization of boot process and other aspects of the ARM platforms, this is about focusing development efforts to solve the most important challenges and provide thus open source and free software tools to be used by all ARM Powered Linux based products. With faster memory bus speeds coming up in the next generation of Desktop-centric ARM Processors, such as support for DDR3 RAM speeds, the implementation of multiple cores as in upcoming ARM Cortex A9 processors, the standardization of how to use graphics and video hardware acceleration to speed up user interfaces, applications and features. Those are the challenges that Canonical and its partners are working very hard on and plan to implement in actual products that can start to be sold to the mass market during these coming months.
As you have been able to see in hundreds of videos here on ARMdevices.net, many, many prototypes of ARM Powered laptops are being shown at trade shows. Huge laptop makers like HP, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo, Quanta, Compal, Inventec, Pegatron, all of those and many more have shown or have announced ARM Powered laptop projects. Yet to actually launch these to a very large market, the ARM Partners are first collaboratively making sure that those devices provide a user experience that is fast enough for most consumers.
This story as discussed on Slashdot: http://linux.slashdot.org/story/10/07/06/1256252/Surveying-the-Challenges-of-Linux-On-Cortex-A9-Based-Laptops