Intel backs ultra-light laptops with new age controls

Jan 09, 2012
Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini waves as he walks off the stage at the end of his keynote address at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada. US chip giant Intel on Monday heralded a coming wave of affordable high-powered, thin laptops that could double as tablet computers and be controlled by gestures or spoken commands.

US chip giant Intel on Monday heralded a coming wave of affordable high-powered, thin laptops that could double as tablet computers and be controlled by gestures or spoken commands.

Intel vice president Mooly Eden showed off coming "ultrabooks" by Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Samsung, Toshiba, LG and Hewlett Packard as well as a curiously innovative prototype Nikiski laptop powered by yet-to-be-released Windows 8 software.

The Nikiski had a transparent touch pad panel below a standard keyboard. When closed the panel provided a window to the and allowed it to be controlled with touches or swipes in a tablet style.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.

"We started six months ago to deliver ultrabooks and are ramping as we speak," Eden told reporters packed into a ballroom for a press conference on the eve of the official opening of the on Tuesday.

"We would like average people to be able to enjoy the ultrabook experience, because you know the first ones were $999 or more," he continued. "Our target is to pull the price down and make ultrabooks mainstream."

About 50 ultrabooks were expected to debut at CES in one of the defining trends of this year's show.

Mooly said the power of has finally enabled laptop makers to deliver sleek and slim, yet powerful, ultrabooks with the potential to be controlled by gestures or voice and to eventually serve as spoken language interpreters.

Explore further: Motorola unveils three smart phones for return to China

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Acer unveils world's thinnest laptop

Jan 09, 2012

Acer unveiled the world's thinnest laptop computer as an array of "ultrabook" rivals prepared to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Ultra-thin laptops set to dazzle CES gadget fair

Jan 06, 2012

Ultra-thin laptops will take center-stage alongside new software and smartphones at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a gadget extravaganza that officially opens on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Intel taps into new computing at Taiwan show

May 31, 2011

Intel Corp. is touting a hybrid laptop 0.8 inches (20 mm) thick with sleek tablet computing features and ultra-sharp visual images that it hopes will create a market bridging traditional PCs and tablet computing.

Lenovo 'LePad' combines tablet and laptop

Jan 05, 2011

Chinese computer colossus Lenovo has unveiled an IdeaPad computer that serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time.

Recommended for you

Standalone wireless info display device an easy fit

Jan 25, 2015

A Latvian team has come up with a good-looking WiFi display device, connecting to the Internet using WiFi, which runs on a high-capacity built-in battery and tracks what's important to you. This is a standalone ...

Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers

Jan 25, 2015

As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they've put a special emphasis on gear and equipment ...

Your future office desk may remind you, hey, to move it

Jan 23, 2015

Workers in all industries know by now that having a "desk" job might have its perks but frequent exercise is not one of them. Ample warnings from health experts have been headlined in the press reminding ...

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

Jan 23, 2015

Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

TheSpiceIsLife
1 / 5 (1) Jan 10, 2012
MacBook Air... iPad...

Catch up.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.