A common hesitation when considering a tablet purchase is its lack of a keyboard. People like portability but functionality comes first, making the ultrabook
a sound solution. Lenovo’s IdeaPad YOGA
bridges the gap between tablet and notebook as a first of its kind four-in-one folding device
. Closed, it functions as a 13-inch tablet. But when open, it’s a full-size notebook with a keyboard and palm rest. Additionally, it bends like an easel to prop itself up for presentations. As tablets are being used for display boards increasingly often, the ability to stand alone is vital. Fortunately, the IdeaPad YOGA does a pretty impressive downward facing dog.
Dropping a device into the toilet once meant its sure demise. New “damage control” accessories
offer protection, but when will the ability to survive an accidental dunking come built in? This year at CES, a Fujitsu presentation
during which devices were dropped in a bowl
of water caused crowds to audibly gasp. Though the ostensible culprits appeared to have lost their minds, the stunt was actually a demo showcasing the new Android Arrows tablet
that supports a submersion for up to 30 minutes. The device is exclusive to Japan, but reports of global distribution have stirred visions of consumers worldwide lolling in swimming pools with tablets in hand.
Available battery power is one of the main obstacles to technology access in the developing world, though the One Laptop per Child
project is making progress towards overcoming it. Its $100 OLPC XO 3.0
is a durable tablet encased in a waterproof cover with a four-watt solar cell and back-up battery pack. A similar Kindle cover
recently debuted, while French solar energy start-up Wysips
released a transparent photovoltaic film
that adheres to LCD screens. With the remote workforce establishing makeshift offices in public spaces, the best seats are usually the ones closest to electrical outlets. But with these gadgets, there may be an end in sight to this veritable power struggle.