The Nikiski laptop prototype by intel, on display at CES 2012, features a transparent touchpad that doubles as a screen when the device is closed. originally previewed at computex 2011, the device is one of intel's new 'ultrabook' concepts, the company's specification for devices measuring under 20mm thick, 1.4-kg in weight, with a minimum of five hours
battery life, and utilizing an ivy bridge CPU.
The laptop design centers on a clear touchpad that runs along the base of the keyboard (automatically distinguishing between use of the section as an input device versus a palmrest). When closed, the glass - visible through a cutaway panel -
converts to a transparent touchscreen that utilizes a custom metro interface to display one to two rows of tiles, which users can click to access calendar, e-mail, facebook, or web browser functionality, or check on time, network, and power settings without opening the device. Any function in use is automatically if the laptop is opened.
Company representatives state that a partnership between intel and nuance, developers of natural speaking technology, will bring voice recognition technology to the device, which if produced would be aiming for a price point below 600 USD.
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