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Sony's Concept PCs Yanked Straight From Star Trek?

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Sony showcased three concept products, two of which consisted of a flexible material.

During CES 2012, DVICE came across a few rather interesting concepts presented by Sony that seem to borrow some esthetics from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Sorry Kirk fanboys, but Picard is The Man). The concepts were encased in glass, so there wasn't any touchy-feely going on. But that's ok, because if these products are any indication of what's to come, then the future is looking rather slick.

As seen in the video below, one of the concepts currently on display is a tablet made out of an unknown, flexible material that can "shapeshift." This allows users to change the rear of the device from a flat surface to a stand so that it can sit upright on a table. Sony said the flexible material is indeed real, but conveniently hasn't allowed anyone to touch it.

Moving on. The keyboard is what actually looks rather TNG-ish, a slim, flat device with rounded edges. It is supposedly made of the same flexible material and plays host to an extremely thin backlit set of keys. Those keys reportedly light up as you touch them, perfect for helmsmen and talking androids. Scanning the system for life forms now, Captain.

Sony's third prototype, an ultrabook-tablet hybrid device, features a slide-out copper-colored keyboard when the screen slides upwards. DVICE reports that it was "incredibly thin" and may even have some bend on its display. There's also a built-in stylus mounted at the foot of the keyboard.

DVICE said that Sony wouldn't elaborate on the devices given that they're merely concepts. Still, some of us are eager to get our hands on that cool paper-thin keyboard. Though we imagine it probably wouldn't be any good for gaming.

Sony Concept Computers CES 2012

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    back_by_demand , January 13, 2012 12:44 PM
    Quote:
    The keyboard is what actually looks rather TNG-ish, a slim, flat device with rounded edges

    Rounded edges eh?
    Apple lawsuit in 3... 2... 1...
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    SoiledBottom , January 13, 2012 1:52 PM
    "Sorry Kirk fan boys, but Picard is the man"

    I believe thats one of the Prime directives
  • 15 Hide
    Nakal , January 13, 2012 1:33 PM
    Life forms... you precious little life forms... where.. are.. you!
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  • 24 Hide
    back_by_demand , January 13, 2012 12:44 PM
    Quote:
    The keyboard is what actually looks rather TNG-ish, a slim, flat device with rounded edges

    Rounded edges eh?
    Apple lawsuit in 3... 2... 1...
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    Anonymous , January 13, 2012 12:54 PM
    I have always wanted to be able to have a stylus/pen for input. Looking at the laptop it would be nice to have the keyboard double as a full sketch pad. It could switch back and forth from a 'piece of paper' to a keyboard. I like taking hand written notes versus typed and the iPad does not quite cut it yet.
  • 15 Hide
    Nakal , January 13, 2012 1:33 PM
    Life forms... you precious little life forms... where.. are.. you!
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    JohnnyLucky , January 13, 2012 1:50 PM
    I couldn't get excited about the products.
  • 15 Hide
    SoiledBottom , January 13, 2012 1:52 PM
    "Sorry Kirk fan boys, but Picard is the man"

    I believe thats one of the Prime directives
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    freggo , January 13, 2012 2:15 PM
    Sorry, no actual moving keys ?
    Not for me. I prefer tactile feedback !
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    NightLight , January 13, 2012 2:16 PM
    not a looker in the bunch.
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    teddymines , January 13, 2012 2:40 PM
    freggoSorry, no actual moving keys ?Not for me. I prefer tactile feedback !

    Then what they need is a quick vibration when you press a key, kind of like the feedback you get from some android smart phones.
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    phate , January 13, 2012 2:42 PM
    ClasszeroUnibody macs have sharp edges plenty of complaints.http://www.tuaw.com/2010/04/01/man [...] cbook-pro/Thumbs down and Flaming in 3.. 2.. 1..


    Would do the same thing. Funny reading the comments on that page. Lots of variations of "You're holding it wrong."
    And "there goes his warranty." If Macs were as awesome as some people claim, why would I need a warranty?
  • 7 Hide
    mrmotion , January 13, 2012 3:32 PM
    (Sorry Kirk fanboys, but Picard is The Man)

    Read that started laughing. Office folks think im crazy
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    drwho1 , January 13, 2012 3:56 PM
    not impress
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    ricdiculus , January 13, 2012 5:04 PM
    "Sorry Kirk fanboys, but Picard is The Man"

    Oh yeah? Let 'em duke it out and see whos left standing!

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    lathe26 , January 13, 2012 5:24 PM
    If the keys don't move or allow me to clearly feel the key edges, then the keyboard is useless. I'm better off with an on-screen keyboard with haptic feedback. No point in carrying around extra hardware that brings no value. Example of form missing function.

    For comparison, check out the reviews out the Optimus keyboard by Lebedev. People couldn't feel the key edges there and reviews reamed them for it.
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    blurr91 , January 13, 2012 5:39 PM
    ricdiculus"Sorry Kirk fanboys, but Picard is The Man" Oh yeah? Let 'em duke it out and see whos left standing!


    Picard couldn't beat Soran so he had to get Kirk out of retirement to help him in Star Trek Generations.

    Don't make me whip out the "100 reasons why Kirk is better than Picard" list.
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    SoiledBottom , January 13, 2012 7:29 PM
    "Picard couldn't beat Soran so he had to get Kirk out of retirement to help him in Star Trek Generations.

    Don't make me whip out the "100 reasons why Kirk is better than Picard" list."

    Kirk...Weed from the late 60's (props to acapulco gold and tai stick).......Picard Weed from late 80's and up...(Sensimillia, Blueberry kush, AKA whatever)....take a bath and go back to sleep ...Hipppy.....Just kidding
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    Ninja Pants , January 13, 2012 8:16 PM
    With so much of the focus these days on aesthetics (thank you Apple...) I see the reasoning behind it but I still don't understand what Sony were thinking, they look terrible!
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    enzo matrix , January 13, 2012 8:23 PM
    SoiledBottom"Sorry Kirk fan boys, but Picard is the man"I believe thats one of the Prime directives

    So many things wrong with that sentence. For example, there is only one prime directive. Hence why it is called the prime directive.
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    dark_knight33 , January 13, 2012 8:49 PM
    ricdiculus"Sorry Kirk fanboys, but Picard is The Man" Oh yeah? Let 'em duke it out and see whos left standing!


    blurr91Picard couldn't beat Soran so he had to get Kirk out of retirement to help him in Star Trek Generations.


    Yeah, Kirk died, Soran died (eventually), Picard Lived! Picard = Winnar!
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    ricdiculus , January 14, 2012 2:35 AM
    Ok dk33 ill give you that. But if Kirk and Picard for what ever reason had ever clashed, just saying...
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