25
Jan
10

Tablet, Slates or Rollerskate Computing?

Where are your rollerskates?  Did you make a skateboard out of them, buy a bike, move up to a motorcycle or get that Cooper you’ve been eyeing?  Well in the world of electronics, things change.  You have pcs, you have 8 tracks, you have cassette recorders, but things always change.  What’s cool and up and coming?  What about tablet pcs?  Have you thought about them?  Do you know they can be a benefit for persons with disabilities? 

The tablet computer is a lot lighter, making it easier to carry.  This factor will help folks who have back trouble, or lifting issues.  The weights are about half the normal laptop – getting the weight down under 4 pounds.  How will these computers affect the disability community?  For some, there is a great deal of uncertainty and apprehension.  The fact is that unless folks are forced to use a certain technology like a learning management system such blackboard which comes with inaccessible features, folks who are disabled should not worry, but for others who need the light weight features, this is a godsend.

From PC Magazine, you can read all sorts of reviews on these puppies.  The thing that you need to understand is that this may be the new future in computing.  “Tablet PCs are quickly making their way into the mainstream market, and consumers are actually buying into the idea of inputting data with a digital pen. But convertible tablets—ones with a built-in keyboard—are really the ones gaining momentum in the mainstream, whereas slate tablets (which have no keyboard) are more prevalent in specialty environments such as health care and field work.” (Written by Cisco Chang for PCMAG.com)

In some circles, the improvement that having a way to write into the computer outside of the keyboard has proven an interesting concept.  At Winona State University in North Dakota, faculty and students have been enthusiastic about using this technology: http://whitepapers.zdnet.com/abstract.aspx?kw=tablet+pc&docid=263064&tag=content;col1

MIT has also experimented with the new technology  It is pointed out the “The built-in wireless capabilities and portability of the lightweight Tablet PC increased students’ productivity, simplified team work, and improved access to Web-based services, including an essential online peer-review process for completing coursework. Read the full article here:  http://whitepapers.zdnet.com/abstract.aspx?kw=tablet+pc&tag=content%3Bcol1&docid=310977&promo=100511

For a computer review read the following:

Read the Motion Computing LE1700 Tablet PC full review

Motion Computing Inc

http://www.motioncomputing.com

  • Price as Tested: $2,199.00 Direct
  • Type: Tablet, Business, Small Business
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business
  • Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo T7400
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Weight: 3.3 lb
  • Screen Size: 12.1 inches
  • Screen Size Type: standard
  • Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Storage Capacity: 60 GB
  • Networking Options: 802.11a/g
  • Primary Optical Drive: External

                                                                   

http://thetabletpc.net/comparison.htm

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