A company from the Netherlands called Intactlab has created a multitouch table computer that might actually be usable. Whereas most of these contraptions have been shaped like big boxes, this unit Is actually shaped like a table you could pull a chair up to. While the UI looks eminently usable, the name is suspect. Intactlab is calling the product the Touchy Remix.
The fiberglass shell has a 40 inch projection display with a resolution of 1280x800. Multitouch is accomplished via IR sensors in the table. The underlying hardware is actually a Mac Mini. Intactlab has custom software running on OS X doing the multitouch. It appears that regular Mac apps will not be able to fully utilize this feature.
The Intactlab site doesn’t list a price, but instead asks you to submit contact information to receive a quote. That’s not a good sign.
There aren't many power users in the PC (as in, Window's based PCs) community who will admit to wanting a Mac, but there are those who secretly love the look of Apple's Mac Mini. If this sounds like you, then you might be a prime candidate for Ripple Look's new HTPC, which looks a lot like that other kind of personal computer.
From what we can gather, the Ripple Look boasts an Intel Atom 230 processor, a 2.5-inch 160GB hard drive, integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics with HD video support and DX10, four USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, audio inputs, printer port, serial port, and VGA port. Missing, however, is HDMI and Wi-Fi connectivity.
There are a couple of different ways you can situate the Ripple Look in your living room. Rubber pads on the bottom prevent vibration if you opt to toss the unit into your home theater rack, or you can remove the bottom plate to reveal VESA mount holes for attaching it to the back of your LCD TV or monitor.
No word yet on price or availability, but you can check out a video demo here.
For the first time in… ever, Apple has gone ahead and crushed a rumor. Specifically, about the possibility of there being new Macs before the holidays.
A (previously) circulating rumor about the chances of a new Mac mini or iMac being released before this upcoming holiday season has been debunked by Apple spokesman Bill Evans. Evans, clearly being a man of few words, simply stated, “our holiday lineup is set.”
Translation; this isn’t Apple pulling anyone’s chain. If you’re looking to buy someone a shiny new toy from the Cupertino giant, go right ahead. They’re not going to risk making the Apple faithful or new switchers mad by releasing a new version of a product right after they’ve finished their holiday shopping, so put your mind (but not your wallet) at ease.