Intel’s “North Cape” detachable tablet reference design had been introduced at CES in January of 2013 and it did garner quite some buzz…
Different media outlets focused on different aspects of North Cape, and I wanted to take a moment to review what the press had to say about the product over the past few months:
Laptop Mag talked about the fact that this is a reference design and expressed their hope that the product would make it to market:
As a reference design, North Cape is meant to inspire OEMs rather than become a shipping product, though Intel said that it’s possible one will adopt this design. We hope they’ll take the hint.
Mashable was certainly excited about seeing the prototype at CES in Las Vegas:
Intel Shows the Awesome Laptop You’ll Be Using Next Year
The Verge clearly saw the value that North Cape’s Smart Frame adds to the product:
Smart Frame sounds like a gimmick, but when you see how narrow the bezel is around North Cape’s screen, you can understand why people might want some more free space for their thumbs.
Laptop focused mainly on the aesthetics of the product… and it sure sounds as if they liked what they saw:
A system that reminded us of a spaceship from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’
Well… here’s a design project that – at least in my eyes – does not really qualify to be shown off in this website’s Portfolio section… still, I wanted to share it and so it ended up here on the blog: a 3D-printed iPhone car holder.
With the recent updates to the iOS Maps and Google Maps Applications I found my iPhone 5 replacing my trusted Garmin nüvi inside my car. Unless I have been going on a remote hike where no cellphone network was available, the iPhone’s connectivity, speed, and its speech interface often made it the navigator of my choice. The only problem was, that I never knew where to put it while driving, unless I bothered my co-pilot to hold the phone for me. So I decided that it was time to buy a car holder for my shiny iPhone 5. My two criteria were pretty straight-forward:
- I wanted a simple device that would visually not be overly distracting, one without too many mechanical features that could break
- The holder should mount without a suction cup (so it’d not leave traces on the windshield) and preferably be fixed, using my car’s dashboard vents.
An extensive online search yielded no results, probably due to the fact that phone holders typically have to fit a wide variety of cars, phones, and mounting scenarios, where what I wanted was a very specific solution on all three fronts. And since we just received our little Solidoodle 3D printer at Artefact, I thought, I’d do something with it and design an iPhone 5 holder specifically for my 2008 GTI.
After two failed prototypes, I found the perfect mix between stability and simplicity and had fine-tuned the viewing angle of my design. It slides easily into the dashboard vents and a hook prevents it from falling out. I opted to add five pieces of 0.5mm thick fabric (shown in red in one of the above illustrations) to protect my precious phone from scratching.
I have been using the holder for a few months now and really like it, so I thought I’d share it here as well as on Thingiverse.
For printing on our little Solidoodle, I broke the product into four parts and the files contain 3D data both of the Solidoodle-version, as well as of the complete object – maybe you can find a better way to deconstruct and print it…? Feel free to share and/or to modify the design and let me know what you think!
a nice juicy insight of what type of products might be around the corner.
Tom’s Hardware finds that
the possibilities for multitasking are very enticing.
Geek.com‘s Matthew Humphries clearly sees the value of Tangent Bay:
Screen space is always limited on a laptop and if you can save some by pushing a music player, Skype, IM chat window, or calendar on to a completely separate area, then all the better.
I’m sure there are apps we could keep an eye on “in the background”. Think of World Cups, for example, with games on during work hours… or the Ashes, or the European Championship, or Wimbledon, etc…
With the Epson Endeavor, I led the creation of a slim and light notebook that the US media seems to love, except maybe for the fact that the product is only available In Japan.
Akihabara thinks the notebook is a miracle:
Are you looking for a light and powerful notebook? Here’s the latest wonder from Epson, the Endeavor NA801.
In his brief report Technology Tell‘s Kian Henry focuses on the great performance-to-weight ratio and wished that he could buy one stateside…
Its also nice to see that power doesn’t have to weigh a ton, the NA801 weighs in at just over 4-pounds.
The Japanese Epson website confirms that the NA801 will retail for around $1000 when it is released, sadly this will be available only in Japan.