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Touch Book merges netbook, detachable tablet

updated 12:25 pm EST, Mon March 2, 2009

Always Innov Touch Book

Tech startup Always Innovating is using the start of the DEMO expo today to unveil the Touch Book, a system which its creator considers one of the first truly hybrid netbooks. The system can work both as a traditional notebook or as a convertible tablet but can also detach the keyboard entirely from the system to use it as a stand-alone touchscreen device. A set of magnets built into the back even lets users mount the screen on a refrigerator or elsewhere.

Always Innovating sees the system as a potential competitor not only to netbooks but to handheld electronics like the iPod touch or PSP; when in tablet mode, it can be used as a touch-driven game system or as a video player.

Unlike most netbooks, the Touch Book passes on Intel's Atom in favor of a Texas
In a further unique touch, the system includes three "internal" USB ports, which prevent adapters from jutting outwards, alongside two full-size external connectors and one mini USB port.

Instruments OMAP3 ARM processor that's said to combine the performance of a notebook with a netbook, including an unusually long 10-15 hour runtime and an instant boot while still managing 720p video playback. Always Innovating claims to have developed a custom operating system with a "3D" interface but also says its system won't be software-locked and should run with Android, Ubuntu Linux or other operating systems that run natively on ARM processors.

Official pricing should be kept down to $299 by offloading storage demands to an 8GB microSDHC card as well as by using an 8.9-inch display and limiting networking to 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Pre-orders start today, though the system will ship only in the late spring.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I want one!!

    Just the coolness factor as a mini web browser would rock.

  1. mrrwthird

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone want to buy an iPod touch 8GB cheap? It has now officially become obsolete.

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