Mac Based Tablet Announced

Mac users who have lusted over tablet PC functionality will finally have a Mac version to quench their thirst.  The product will be called the Axiotron ModBook.  It’s essentially a modified MacBook with a stylus compatible screen that allows users to write and draw directly on the screen.  The standard MacBook features will remain intact including integrated Combo drive and iSight support.

Pricing has not yet been set, but the product has been confirmed.  The actual press release will come at MacWorld SF 2007.  Though further details are still sketchy, it has been confirmed that the product will be available with optional GPS support.  The tablet will also be constructed out of a more durable material, an aircraft grade magnesium alloy.  From the sound of things, this will be the Tablet Mac that Apple never bothered to build (at least for the masses).

We’ve been hearing rumors of a Tablet Mac for years.  Some say that Apple has experimented with the idea.  Others have come up with crude home brew style solutions using Mini’s and old PowerBooks.  The Axiotron ModBook will mark the first commercially available solution.  The ModBook will be sold exclusively by Other World Computing.

More details to follow on January 9th when the product is officially unveiled.  A first hand demo is currently being negotiated, so keep your fingers crossed and keep an eye on Maclive.net for further information as it becomes available.


Steve

3 Responses to Mac Based Tablet Announced
  1. Anonymous Reply

    Excellent! This is just what I’ve been waiting for. Mac users who are disabled and need to use an Augmentative Alternative Communication device may find the Modbook useful.

    I have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and have been shopping for an AAC device. I am frustrated that there is great AAC software for OS X from http://www.assistiveware.com/ , but there are no Macs designed for portability with a touch screen. The Macbooks that have been modified to have touch screen are nice, but certainly not ideal for disabilities such as mine. A tablet is exactly what I need, and there are plenty of PC Windows-based AAC devices available, but I don’t find the software or OS environment is anywhere near as friendly, reliable, or intuitively presented as the Mac environment and software made for Mac. Additionally, I am Mac… and don’t want to be forced to be PC.

    I hope that this new event sparks a chain of great things. The disability market NEEDS to consider Mac users and stop forcing us to go with Windows PCs.

    I expect the speakers on the Modbook will not be loud enough for good AAC use, but I will try to permanently attach small USB powered speakers to the case. I want this thing!

    -Kara

    http://www.karalynn.net/

  2. boatloan Reply

    I have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and have been shopping for an AAC device. I am frustrated that there is great AAC software for OS X from http://www.assistiveware.com/ , but there are no Macs designed for portability with a touch screen. The Macbooks that have been modified to have touch screen are nice, but certainly not ideal for disabilities such as mine. A tablet is exactly what I need, and there are plenty of PC Windows-based AAC devices available, but I don’t find the software or OS environment is anywhere near as friendly, reliable, or intuitively presented as the Mac environment and software made for Mac. Additionally, I am Mac… and don’t want to be forced to be PC.

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