Monday, January 10, 2011

Acer ICONIA: A brand-new tablet experience, 2x

Touch screens do not prick our interest anymore, not for the last three years when the technology appeared (or was imbedded) in almost all types of mobile devices, including PCs. Last year was a blast for this tech animal, and we can only rue the fact that we constantly have sweaty hands.

But while waiting for a sweat-proof touch screen device, Acer delivered something to the MB Technews lab that had us salivating as our editor unboxed the package.

And there, staring at us in all its twin-screen glory, is Acer's ICONIA -- the first in the country.

The ICONIA is a new concept device that combinines the versatility of a conventional 14” form factor with a unique dual-screen layout, and highly intuitive all-point, multi-touch functionality.

With its two all-point, multi-touch displays, Acer ICONIA offers an enhanced content consumption experience and brings the interaction with the tablet to a new level. Multimedia, entertainment, communication, web browsing and office productivity seamlessly flow across the two screens.

So if you wanted a better read and surf of web sites or documents, simply spread the window across both screens. Of course, the dual screen also means you can do one thing in one screen and something else entirely on the other: you can browse a website on the top screen and view the contents of your favourite folder on the bottom one, or you can watch a video on the top screen and check out your multimedia library in the other.

This is not of a futuristic movie, this is now. This is the Acer ICONIA.

Both 14-inch displays have HD 1366x768 resolution, high-brightness Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCDs and some cutting-edge technologies supporting all-point, multi-touch for that precise on-screen input. Protected by the ultra-thin yet durable Gorilla Glass, the displays are scratch and fingerprint resistant, easier to clean and offer the same touch functionality.

For an optimal all-point, multi-touch experience on a dual-display tablet, Acer equipped the ICONIA with a full range of intuitive and easy to use features and applications that fully exploit the countless possibilities of multi-touch technology.

The starting point to launch ICONIA’s touch featuresand controls as well as applications is the Acer Ring. The Acer Ring appears simply by placing five fingers on the screen and making a grab gesture. The Acer Ring allows you to start touch applications by scrolling through the App cards and tapping on the one you choose. The Ring also provides fast access to: Virtual Keyboard, Gesture Editor, Window Manager, and Device Control Console.

The Virtual Keyboard can be launched from the Acer Ring or by placing both palms on the bottom display. The intelligent design senses the position of the user’s palms and launches the keyboard. It comes with a full-size QWERTY layout with international language support to give users the same experience of a traditional physical keyboard.

The Virtual Keyboard also includes a touchpad and a numeric keypad and can be easily switched to handwriting mode.

With the Gesture Editor you can set customized gestures to launch specific applications, open websites, view your desktop or lock your computer.Window Manager allows users to organize the various application windows on thedouble touch screen.applications.

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