Blackberry Playbook demo at CES 2011

I’ve known about the Blackberry Tablet, Playbook, for a long time now.

Don’t know why I never blogged about it, especially considering the fact that it’s the only non-Android, non-iOS , tablet out there.

What reminded me was this video of the Playbook demo at  CES 2011.

The display looks great, the form-factor seems about the right size and it has compatibility with the Blackberry Enterprise Server.

That should be a big deal for existing Blackberry users.

Some of the other features of this tablet are :

  • Multitouch Capacitive touch screen
  • 1 GHz TI OMAP 4430-based ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • QNX-based Blackberry Tablet OS
  • Adobe Flash 10.1
  • Support for HTML5
  • 3G as well as 4G network access
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 5 MP rear-facing and 3MP front-facing camera
  • 1080p Full HD video output
  • Seamless pairing with your Blackberry smartphone
  • Compatibility with Blackberry Enterprise Server

Here’s another demo by the BGR guys, which shows of the capabilities of the device in more detail.

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Booting Linux in under one second using swiftBoot

One of my former colleagues and friend, Pranav Peshwe, pointed me out to this company called MPC Data who has developed a solution called swiftBoot.

Using swiftBoot, these people have managed to boot into a fully running Linux OS in under one second.

Take a look at this unbelievable video to check it out for yourself.

The developers claim that there is no other gimmick involved other than optimizations done, as a result of a good understanding of the Linux system.

The demos show that not only does the system soft-boot in within a second but it also function normally after that.

There is a second demo of the same on a TI OMAP3530 based OMAP3530EVM board. This time, they use a stop-watch for monitoring the performance.

I know if makes business sense to use this to provide a service to OEMs and ISVs, but imagine what havoc it would create if they open source their findings and it gets merged into the mainline kernel.

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The Motorola Xoom Tablet with Android 3.0 Honeycomb

CES 2011 is long over and it was raining Tablets this year.

However, there were a couple of tablets which stood out from the rest (that is not to say that the others weren’t good enough).

One of them and by far the most popular amongst all the Tablet demos was Motorola’s Xoom Tablet with. The Motorola Xoom was crowned the best tablet at CES 2011.

Motorola's Xoom Tablet with Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Some of the awesome hardware specs of the Xoom are :

  • 10 inch LCD touch screen with 1280×800 resolution
  • Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GHZ dual-core processor : This is a first in tablet history
  • Support for 3G, LTE and 802.11n Wifi
  • 720p capture and 1080p playback
  • 5 MP rear-facing and 2 MP front-facing camera

To complement this, it will host the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS which is specifically designed for tablets with features like :

  • Google Maps 5.0 with 3D view
  • Flash 10.1
  • New browser with tabbed-browsing
  • New look and feel for applications like YouTube
  • Scrollable Widgets on the home screens

So without further ado, here’s the  video of the Motorola Xoom with the Android 3.0 ( Honeycomb ) OS :

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Panasonic’s User Interface for HDTVs

Panasonic is a consumer electronics company. It’s not a Software company.

So although you would consider Panasonic for all your gadget needs like Stereo systems, projectors, camcorders, etc. you do not expect to find any great user interfaces to it (apart from maybe, the sleek looks and arrangements of the panel-heads)

However, as you will see in the video below, they have come up with a very intuitive and innovative user interface for their HDTV’s

The interface seems very smooth, with bold icons and no clutter. The 3D look and feel adds to it’s graciousness.

To top this, the HDTV comes with a Wii-like remote for gesture-based controls. So, as you will see, the remote control reacts to gestures like “pull” and “push”.

The funny thing is that, Panasonic still feel that this UI is not ready for prime time. Well, if you ask me, instead of displaying a UI which you claim not ready for prime-time, you should make sure it is GA (General Availability) consumption ready and then showcase it at events like CES 2011.

What do you think of the UI ? Too juvenile ? Futuristic ? Or do you wanna play with the bad boy now !! 😉

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