August 19, 2019

What Is This Tablet from HP?




An Interesting new tablet form was unveiled during Microsoft Computex Keynote, actually it was briefly shown on stage, but no one got a close look. The tablet is from HP. See picture above and video below (at 7:30).

It’s dubbed as “Note taking Tablet”. Please check WindowsCentral for details (here and here).

What makes this tablet interesting is the form factor. We haven’t seen anything like that. It obviously has two screens: a smaller one is said 9″ and a larger one more like 11~12″ in size. The small one is built with the CPU and power, it can slide into the large one. It also has keyboard works like a cover, seems like a Surface touch cover, but thinner. So when they are together, it is like a Surface Pro 3. When take only the small one, it is 9″ tablet. It has a pen.

Very very interesting. If you ask me, I think it is like variations of Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3. Not sure how it can stand on a surface.

It is a Windows 10 device, likely to release some time after July 29 before end of the year.







In 2019, You May Not Need a Smartphone, Or a Tablet


Imagine, there will be no screen.

Clearly, I have touched this topic more than once(here, here, here). I have wrote about using Hololens as a display for Xbox, PC and gone as far as fascinating a miniature HoloLens on the phone and a giant HoloLens on the wall, but I have never put things together to imagine what it is like when there will be no screen on a phone, a tablet, a laptop or a PC.

Some Important Information About HoloLens

Lets watch a video created by Microsoft Office Lab, called Microsoft Office Labs Vision 2019. There are different versions, this version was made in 2009, the original title states Vision 2019. No explanation required.

Now forget about whether this will be true in 2019, for a second, think about what it’s like if computer screens are gone. If there is no screen, then any surface can be a screen: the coffee table, the desktop, the cubical wall, the office wall, the teacup, the newspaper. No, that’s not good enough, that’s so 2009. Today, in the context of HoloLens, a screen can exists in the air, or even in the vacuum, the whole concept of screen is gone.

HoloLens: Release Date (Updated)

The essence of the HoloLens is NO SCREEN. If you still don’t get it. Lets continue. With HoloLens, the new law of existence is:

M{your world} = I{yourself} + R{the real world} + D{the digital world}

In the terms of Windows Holographic, M is called mixed reality, I is called Human, R is called World, D is called Holograms. And remember R and D are almost indistinguishable,  I didn’t make this up, this is real.

I’d like to quote Craig Mundie’s talk in 2011 from The Sydney Morning Herald,

When the user looks at the phone, instead of seeing a screen it can beam individual rays of light into your eyes right on your retina … [so] you can look at your phone and see HDTV. I don’t know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not.

Standing in the spring of 2015, a few months before HoloLens launch, when we look back at what Mundie said in 2011, you know what he said is starting to be realized: The only difference between a phone, a tablet, a laptop is the screen size. When the screen no longer exists, what’s the difference between them? Nothing. Well, CPU, the computing power, you might argue. In the world of cloud computing, more and more computing power are consumed on the cloud, and you don’t have to carry it with you. For the local computing, I am sure HoloLens is a more powerful computer than any smartphones, and majority of tablets. For office computing or home computing, you can have a powerful PC on the desk, HoloLens works as a display.

What Is Mixed Reality, Really?

The only problem is the size of the HoloLens. But remember, HoloLens has two Kinects inside, an entire computer, a light engine, lenses, sound systems and a bunch of sensors, it weighs 400grams. Who can imagine this two years ago, when you can’t even wear one Kinect on the head? We heard an entire Intel computer can reside in a thumb sized stick. Could HoloLens turn to a mere eyewear in 2019? I am hopeful.

In 2019, you may not need a smartphone, or a tablet.

(Just for argument’s sake, some say, ODG already got AR glass as small as an eyewear. Lets me say this, they are miles away from HoloLens, I will talk about this later.)

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What Is a Phablet?

When started this website, I planed a lot of big topics. Where to start from? I decided to start with small things, like…

What is a phablet?

“Phablet” is word made up by technology writer Mary Jo Foley, freshly, referring to 5″ (or larger) screened smartphones. Take no guess, it is phone + tablet. If you go to mobile stores, you may see some extremely large screened phones, they are phablets. People start using this word more and more on the internet. There is a good chance it will be common word soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see in the dictionary one day.

Speaking of phablets, I never found them look attractive. Maybe because the OS they are running on. That kind of ugly interfaces never look good on any device. More like people’s face, an ugly face better be smaller. Maybe phablets can be good looking if they have Windows Phone 8 running on. Lets hope.

Now, a bonus question: what is a smartphone?

“Smartphone” was one version of Windows CE that runs on phones. The other version was called “Pocket PC”, which would run on PDAs. The concept of PDA no longer exist but the concept of smartphone grew. Why Microsoft didn’t patent the term smartphone, I always wonder.