Fujitsu offered visitors to the Ceatec exhibition in Chiba, Japan, a look at entertainment PCs of the future with the display of two prototype computer designs.
The Turn Table PC represents one possibility for a home entertainment PC that can switch between being used as a notebook computer or as a digital turntable, allowing aspiring DJs to scratch and spin digital media files. The design calls for a 20-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen that can be folded closed to use the turntable function.
The turntable function would be controlled by a touch screen on the outside of the notebook’s lid.
The other design that Fujistu showed is the Ultra Mobile, a handheld computer with a touch screen that includes a built-in digital camera, a digital music player and support for wireless Internet access. The same size as a CD jewel case, the Ultra Mobile uses a novel method to turn the system on and off: Users rotate the front half of the machine—including the screen—45 degrees, changing the computer’s shape from a square to a star.
Fujitsu has no plans to manufacture either design, said an attendant at the company’s Ceatec booth.
-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Singapore Bureau)