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Keyless LifeBook concept goes all rainbow

There is nothing quite like a splash of color to brighten up the day  – and the Keyless LifeBook concept that you see here ought to make your day if you’re feeling particularly down when the work week starts. An entry in the 2011 Fujitsu Design Award competition, it will bring personal configuration to a whole new level, sporting a full touchscreen keyboard on a full-size laptop that will enable you to pick, arrange and configure your very own layout choices.

Designed by Laura Lahti, her Keyless LifeBook concept remains to be seen whether it will continue being a conceptual idea, or will it actually end up as a working prototype sometime down the road – with hope that it will actually make the jump to a commercially available machine. One ought to keep their fingers crossed that vibration key feedback might even be thrown into the final edition.

This concept works great if you want to split the keyboard into different sections for ergonomic comfort or gaming efficiency. Imagine placing the numeric keyboard on the left if you’re more used to that, and the touchpad area miht also be positioned according to where you please, moving it away when it isn’t required for the task at hand. Seems that an idea like this will certainly sip quite a lot of juice, so that is something engineers will have to look into.

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Isuppli reports Japanese component shortages fears

JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE and tsunami, and the resulting aftermath will see shortages of many silicon chips, NAND flash memory, dynamic random access memory (DRAM), microcontroller parts, standard logic chips, liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels, and other electronics parts.

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That is according to Isuppli, which added that Japan produces 60 per cent of the world’s silicon based chips and parts and suggested that just about anything that’s electronic will be impacted.

Isuppli also reports that before the disaster “semiconductor inventories in the global semiconductor supply chain were at high levels”. So it seems that the market research firm does not expect shortages to appear for a few weeks yet.

Toshiba, Hitachi and Fujitsu have put out official statements about the impact of the crisis. Toshiba has said that it is scaling back its activities. Fujitsu has identified plants in the affected Tohoku region with “damage to buildings and production equipment”. They are a fab in the Iwate area, a Fujitsu Integrated Microtechnology facility in Miyagi and more fabs and microtechnology facilities in Fukushima, where the failing nuclear reactors are also located.

Planned power blackouts have also affected Fujitsu in the Kanto region. Panasonic hasn’t put out a statement in English on its global website yet, but Isuppli says its LCD television plant is near the earthquake’s peripheral zone.

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


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