Intel’s big idea: A hefty 27-inch tablet

While everyone else seems to be abandoning slightly bigger tablets for the “standard” 10-inch display size, or the smaller 7-inch design, Intel must think that there is a need to go in the other direction. At its Intel Developer Forum last week, the company unveiled its new Adaptive All-In-One prototype.

As the name implies, it is primarily intended for use as a desktop computer with monitor included. However, because it has a docking station instead of the usual fixed stands and direct power plug-in that this configuration usually has, Intel is touting that it can also easily function as a 27-inch portable tablet.

Seriously?! I mean, the thing weighs 14 pounds. That is heavier than all but the earliest portable computers to come out of the early 1980s. One of the main draws of the current “slate” tablet format is you can hold it with one hand and use the touch screen with the other. Try holding 14 pounds in one hand for an extended period of time.

So, it is a huge tablet without one basic ergonomic feature that tablets have. That leaves instances such as this: you need to give an interactive demonstration in the conference room so you lug your Adaptive there and lay it down on the table in front of everyone. This way, anyone watching the presentation can also participate by reaching out and touching the screen.

That might be a bit of a stretch, but it was the best work situation I could manufacture where only a huge tablet like the Adative All-In-One would do. If you can think of a better one, please let me know.

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Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.

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Reader Comments

Thu, Nov 1, 2012 Earth

The two driving features are the large display size and weight which would imply some form of mobile mounting platform that may need to be seen from a distance or with poor vision yet controllable by touch. So: wheelchair mount for the aged or inform, lectern mount for a professor with daily auditorium sized lectures (hopefully with a projector plug, musical conductor, operation plan display for a physician, field response units at crash sites, earthquake etc. refugee camp kiosk or temporary crowd control informational signage, forward control center GIS.. Well that should get you started. BTW

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 Keith Wisconsin

I agree there exists great potential for use as a highly accurate display where a natural gesture interface is desirable. I.E. as in the previous post regarding CAD. But, it would also be useful in any visual design field, pre-press, photo-retouching, product design; and even less sexy fields such as GIS.

Tue, Sep 18, 2012

This would be outstanding for an AutoCAD interface. Think of it as an interactive drafting board. Due to a pinched nerve, mouse use is difficult for me, but, drawing with a stylus is a more natural way of drafting engineering designs. Question is, Will NMCI allow it on thier network?

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