Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Coffee Table PC

On Sunday, Chinese tech company Lenovo unveiled the IdeaCentre Horizon Table, a home table-top touch-screen computer aimed at turning typically solitary online activities into family affairs. Lenovo director of global marketing Dee Kumarbrags, "We want to take social to the next level'.

He adds: "Smartphones and tablets provide one-to-one interaction but it is great for a family to come back home and use this device to consume content.''

The coffee table PC is designed to bring families together through the use of one common computer system. Instead of being spread around the house on a number of different gadgets, Lenovo is hoping the PC will bring people together.

The "interpersonal PC'' is a "multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode'' table computer with a starting price of $1699 thatcan be used by up to four people simultaneously for communal activities such as games or for individual endeavors such as updating Facebook.

In terms of size, the Associated Press described the Windows 8-powered 27-inch computer as “eight iPads stitched together.” Weighing about 8.2 kg, it is built with a hinged stand in the back so it can be propped upright to serve as a television or desktop computer screen. Lenovo says the table computers will hit the market by the middle of this year.

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