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2001-02-06T22:49:38Z
Hi everybody, I am from Intel and wanted to give all of you an early preview of a new technology which will be on the market in the second half of this year. The Intel Web Tablet represents a new type of Internet appliance that extends the value of the home PC. Sharing the PCs Internet connection and printer, the Intel Web Tablet allows the user the freedom to surf the web and send email, wirelessly from anywhere in the home. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have or you can visit our homepage at http://www.intel.com/home/webtablet

Patrick
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Jarrett
2001-02-07T00:36:38Z
From the pic...


It looks like this tablet is some sort of portable internet. So if you don't want to sit at your desk you can lay in bed, etc.
The tablet looks like -bad description, a gameboy.

Advantages...

-Share internet connection w/o having to have two PC's
- small, portable, convenient
- ...cheap?
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Disadvantages...

- Requires the purchase of Intel's Home Network Adapter (I assume)
- ...maybe buying a Palm would be a more worth while investment depending on the total cost of these two items?

Questions...

- How far do the Internet capabilities of the Tablet extend?
- Does it have Flash and all other updated Internet lingo's so pages display correctly?
- ...Or does this update itself somehow?
- How much does the Intel Home Network Adapter + Tablet cost?
- Does the main PC have to be on for the tablet to use the Internet?

The description of it on the site is vague, seems more like hype then what it actually does. I have made it clearer...maybe

Thanks for your time Patrick,


Kind Regards,
Jarrett Hather
Vertig0
2001-02-07T00:57:38Z
Yeah... I also cannot tell exactly what this device is. It seems as though this is somewhat like Apple's AirPort technology, but with a "half-PC".
How will this device be powered? What are the specifications of it? How large is it? How much will it cost?

Thanks for your answers,

Vertig0 (aka. vErTiG036o)
Macho-Module
2001-02-07T13:55:38Z
Hey patrick, since your from Intel tell the higher ups to make a slot 1 .18 micron pc1.13 just for me and badboy. We would love to be able to plop one of those suckers on our boards.
Jarrett
2001-02-07T15:48:38Z
That would be like running a marketing campaign for 5% alcoholic content beer in Quebec...loooooooong story.
^Bad_Boy^
2001-02-07T18:46:38Z
Yes! Tell them to release the Slot1 P3 1.13Ghz @ a Good Price for Macho !
And a Socket370 P3 1.13 Ghz @ a Better Price for ^Bad_Boy^

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ZenRaider
2001-02-08T12:17:38Z
Patrick - I like it. Wireless technology is coming along great!

-Zen
ps78
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2001-02-08T20:47:38Z
Thank you to everyone who posted feedback to my post. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I will try to answer everyone's questions regarding some of the specs of the tablet.

"How far do the Internet capabilities of the Tablet extend?"
-The tablet is designed to be an Internet Appliance optimized for web browsing and web-based applications.

"...Or does this update itself somehow?"
-The Web Tablet has the ability to receive "down-the-wire" software upgrades over the Internet. Intel is committed to using this feature to maintain the Tablet software and upgrade its capabilities over time.

"How much does the Intel Home Network Adapter + Tablet cost?"
- Product details, such as pricing, are not being disclosed at this time. Since the Web Tablet would take advantage of a consumer's existing PC and Internet connection there would be no additional monthly service fees.

"Does the main PC have to be on for the tablet to use the Internet?"
-Yes, the PC must be left on for the Tablet to operate.

"How will this device be powered?"
-Product specifications are not being disclosed at this time.

I hope I have satisfactorily answered some of your questions. Please feel free to continue inquiring about product features.

Patrick
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Macho-Module
2001-02-09T01:06:38Z
Ok people, stand back. I am an intern at a newspaper and I basically have to interpret stuff like this all day long, except way more complex. So I think I will try to read into his answers for us.

"The tablet is designed to be an Internet Appliance optimized for web browsing and web-based applications."

In other words, be happy you can look at porn and visit hothardware on the damn thing, cause that is what it's made to do.

"The Web Tablet has the ability to receive "down-the-wire" software upgrades over the Internet. Intel is committed to using this feature to maintain the Tablet software and upgrade its capabilities over time."

In other words, expect some software updates like new brower versions.

"Product details, such as pricing, are not being disclosed at this time. Since the Web Tablet would take advantage of a consumer's existing PC and Internet connection there would be no additional monthly service fees."

Don't worry about paying the giant initial price tag, at least you dont have to worry about additional isp's and phone charges, so you will eventually make your money back ( after like 10 years )

"Yes, the PC must be left on for the Tablet to operate."

The most telling thing we've been told yet. I think this is pretty self explanatory, but this raises a question as to the value of the hardware. If one of the purposes is to make web browsing autonomous from the actual PC, i.e. making the user not have to go to the computer, isn't it kind of self defeating for lazy bums such as myself to have to actually go to the computer in the first place, to turn it on? I mean, I can access the web on my second computer without having to fire up my Dell. Shouldn't a product such as this offer that kind of freedom and flexibility? ( I love using PR terms against PR people hehehe ).

"Product specifications are not being disclosed at this time."

We are still workin on it.

Now I have another question, how fast and reliabe will the connection be?

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packnut
2001-02-09T10:17:38Z
Well considering it uses the Intel Anypoint technology you can expect 1.6Mbps for the speed (im sure under ideal conditions). As for reliability go buy the Anypoint product and test it out it has been out for a while now.....
Macho-Module
2001-02-09T17:06:38Z
Wow, I went on a drunken rampage last night!
ps78
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2001-02-09T19:41:38Z
Thanks again for your replies. I appreciate all of your comments. Again, I will try to answer some of your questions regarding the Web Tablet.

"I mean, I can access the web on my second computer without having to fire up my Dell. Shouldn't a product such as this offer that kind of freedom and flexibility?"
-By sharing the processing power, storage, Internet connectivity and printing capability of the PC, the consumer can get a more compelling experience with all his or her connected devices. The Web Tablet, for example, shares the home's existing Internet connection and the printer connected to the PC. As a result, the value and utility of the home PC is extended and the consumer has a richer Internet experience.

"Now I have another question, how fast and reliabe will the connection be?"
-Up to 1.6 Megabits/second.

"What are the specifications of it?"
-The Web Tablet would be based on an Intel StrongArm(r) 1110 processor.

Again thank you for your input. We greatly appreciate it.

Patrick
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Jarrett
2001-02-09T20:57:38Z
I would have to disagree.
I - as a consumer - would love to turn off the computer and go watch some advertising or something on TV and visit their website at the same time. j/k'n

But you get my point. Sometimes it's late at night and you don't feel like hearing the roar of the PC.

I suppose the printing "capabilities" of it make up for it.
Being the person I am, I would have no problem with leaving my computer on forever, but that's me. I would probably thoroughly enjoy this gadget.

Questions...
- Does the tablet have a keyboard?
- When is this product excepted to become available?
- What are the colour capabilities of the display on it?
- Can you plug the tablet in or run it on a battery?
- ...Can it do both?

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ps78
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2001-02-12T19:36:38Z
I apologise for the relative slow reply to your questions. I was gone for the weekend.

"When is this product excepted to become available?"
-Our goal is to introduce a product in the second half of this year.

"Can you plug the tablet in or run it on a battery?...Can it do both?"
-Yes, the Web Tablet can do both.

Patrick
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