If Apple were to release a product that matches the level of innovation the iPhone has managed to attain, what would it be? Macs are already popular among certain circles of users and iPhone and iPod users might need something a bit larger to tote around town, but not quite as heavy or large as a laptop. There has been rumors of an Apple tablet for years now, they just seem to be getting more credible.
The supposed 10 inch touch screen tablet looks a lot like a flattened iPhone that is not small enough to fit in a regular pocket, but large enough to become a very plausible 5th screen. The previous 4 being television, cinema, computers and the mobile phone.
And exactly why would anyone need this extra device? If Apple does launch their version of a netbook, whether it is now or next year, it will no doubt be used by a large number of fanboys, but there is more to it than that; there are hints that the device will benefit students too. "Other indications are that Apple is quietly striking deals with booksellers/textbook publishers for an "educational" version of the tablet, which would presumably target college students and serve as an e-reader." Core77. Apple are known for their secrecy, the ability to surprise and become the leader quickly in products they launch.
More computer related news, Microsoft's new OS, Windows 7 seems to be their best version yet, taking cues from other operating systems: "Finally, Microsoft creates a clean, modern look that competes with Apple's finely designed Mac OS X Leopard." Wired.co.uk.
Via DesignBoom, "artist Kevin Cyr built (a) pedal-powered camper. The camper sits on a modified bike frame with two back wheel and one up front. The rider sits on the bike and can pedal around, moving the camper from place to place. inside the camper features all the amenities needed in a small and compact envelope. The sculptural piece also became a subject in many of Cyr’s paintings"
Evoia, a small robot powered by two AA Evolta Panasonic batteries just set a world's record by traveling at Le Mans for 24hrs covering 23,736km. The robot pedaled its tricycle following an infrared beam projected by the lead car for 5.6 laps.In other robot news, cauliflower picking bots in the UK, robots in Africa and for more serious stuff; BotJunkie.