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  1. Vision Objects - MyScript Notes Mobile

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    Vision objects is a French company with an intriguing set of handwriting recognition softwares. They have a whole software layer, and SDK kit and all for integrating the engine into apps and other such things that are over my head.

    The really neat thing they've done is put it together into an app called Notes Mobile. Suddenly the mass of Android tablets just became useful for notetakers. You can leave your handwriting as handwriting, convert it to text later, or convert it to text on the fly. Notes can be shared by email, facebook, or twitter (think emailing it to your evernote account!), or export to Quickoffice. You can also search both converted and handwritten text. It also manages notes in collections of notebooks. This opens up the world of super thin, light, and crazy long battery life Android tablets to the mobile note taker.

    I managed to be so enthralled by the demonstration, I seem to have forgotten to take pictures or video. Luckily they have a good demo video, and I can say the app really does work like it does in the video.



    Additionally, they have a lot of really neat classroom tools that work with interactive whiteboards.

    Updated 01-11-2011 at 02:54 PM by Michelle Mastin

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  2. Evolve Three's Maestro and Oaktrail triple booter

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    Evolve Three is an Australian based company with some very interesting entries into the crowded Windows slate market. There are two main things that set their tablet apart from the others though:
    1. They put an Atom N475 in their tablet, kicking it up a notch from all the N450 based slates.
    2. They dual boot Android.

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    Other specs are the more standard 10.1" capacitive touch screen running at 1024x600, a 32GB or 64GB SSD, 2GB of RAM standard. The weight was impressively kept under 2lbs. A lot of the current Atom based windows slates are just over 2lbs, but that little bit makes a difference. After 3 days of picking up and playing with a zillion tablets, this one felt thin and light. I had no problem holding it in one hand while navigating or writing with the other.

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    Speaking of writing, the screen responded well to the Targus stylus. It took a little more pressure than the iTablet (the best pen response I've seen in a capacitive screen), but was still quite workable. And they said this is available now, and can be shipped to the US for under $550, but I can't quite seem to find how to go about getting one.

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    Now, take all that and make it better and you get their upcoming Oaktrail based tablet. They just got a model finished in time to bring it to the show, and it gets even thinner, lighter, and more responsive. This one will have both and Android and Meego option in addition to Windows 7. They say they've been getting 16-20 hours in Android, and about 8 running Windows. This one will be coming in April with the release of Oaktrail and will go for about $100 more.

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    Accessories options will include a clamshell style keyboard dock(!), and a desktop dock with HDMI, USB, and ethernet. They are also including some heftier security options including facial recognition login, an optional fingerprint reader, and TPM. This one just made the top of my 10" capacitive list.
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  3. Asus Eee Slate 121 inking and Art Rage video

    The Eee Slate video made it overnight. It's a bit noisy and as I was just in Asus room with a million others who wanted to see it. Is Art Rage normally that bad?



    UPDATE! Take two is a better demonstration of Art Rage using proper tools by someone who can actually draw. (and yes, I did manage to flip it before posting)

    Updated 01-10-2011 at 12:37 PM by Michelle Mastin (added take two)

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  4. Motion CL900 Hands on video

    The video made it to the intertubes! Enjoy.

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  5. HP Slate 500

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    Look what I found tucked between display cases at the Intel booth! That is an HP slate 500, they do exist. My first impression on picking it up was that it was quite thin and light. Especially light. I have an Archos 9, which is the same size screen, but the slate is much lighter. It made all the difference to get to a weight that is comfortable to hold in one hand. The reason the Archos didnít make the cut to come to CES with me is that I felt it would be too heavy to hold in one hand and write on it all day. I think the HP slate is light enough that it would be okay to hold in one hand while writing with the other for much longer periods of time. The textured back also makes it very comfortable to hold.

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    I had to borrow the pen from the Motion CL900 to test inking on it, so these results may be effected by using a different pen. They are the same technology though - battery powered n-trig. The hover distance on the slate is very short, making it much easier to leave palm drawings if you donít get the pen to the screen before your hand. The ink and cursor both did a little skipping when I was trying to write the note in Journal. It's not worse than the vectoring I deal with if I'm not careful enough on a resistive screen. Then again, the whole point of the active pen is to eliminate those problems completely.

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    The portability of this machine can't be beat if you want any amount of active pen. And the dock and case that come with it just add to the usefulness. However, you have to be willing to be a little forgiving of the pen. It's a very nice machine for handwriting, but I'm not sure how useful it would be for more complicated input.

    As a neat side note, I ended up fielding a bunch of questions from both onlookers and the booth guys after my little testing session. People really donít know how useful Journal and handwriting can be, let alone the awesomeness of OneNote.
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