MANY THINGS FOLDED INTO ONE DEVICE
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.
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.