MANY THINGS FOLDED INTO ONE DE­VICE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

WIN­DOWS 8 HY­BRIDS

Win­dows 8 will make con­verged de­vices the norm, as man­u­fac­tur­ers try to ex­ploit its touch-op­ti­mised in­ter­face with de­vices that can trans­form from tablets to Ul­tra­books and vice-versa. While the Win­dows 8 de­vices will blur the lines be­tween tablets and Ul­tra­books, they will also spur de­vel­op­ers to make apps that make use of this new de­vice con­fig­u­ra­tion. Al­ready, Sam­sung has come to the mar­ket with touch-en­abled lap­tops as well as the Ativ Smart PC that can trans­form from tablet to Ul­tra­book in a click. Sony Vaio Duo 11 slides out to re­veal a key­board be­hind the tablet screen, while the Dell XPS 12 is a lap­top that has a screen that can flip to face out­side if you want to use it like a tablet. The Asus Taichi takes things to an­other ex­treme with two screen that lets peo­ple col­lab­o­rate on work at the same time.

AN­DROID CAM­ERAS

For the past cou­ple of years, cam­eras have been giv­ing users a lot of ap­pli­ca­tions that they would oth­er­wise have found only on a full com­puter. But it is only now that the cam­era has added a full An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem cou­pled with the sort of con­nec­tiv­ity that sets th­ese de­vices free of PCs. Now, you can click a pic­ture, edit it on the cam­era and share on any so­cial net­work­ing site or email ad­dress wher­ever you are. The Nikon S800c and the Sam­sung Galaxy Cam­era are the first An­droid cam­eras to hit the mar­ket. Both are good con­cept de­vices at the moment, though we sus­pect they will need a bit of fine-tuning to find mass ap­peal.

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