Fujitsu offered visitors to the Ceatec exhibition in Chiba, Japan, a look at how entertainment PCs of the future could be with the display of two prototype computer designs.
The Turn Table PC represents one possibility for a home entertainment PC that can switch between being used as a notebook computer or as a digital turntable, allowing aspiring DJs to scratch and spin digital media files. TheTurn Table PC design calls for a 20-inch LCD (liquid crystal display screen) that can be folded closed to use the turntable function.
The turntable function would be controlled by a touch screen on the outside of the notebook's lid.
The other design that Fujistu showed is the Ultra Mobile, a handheld-computer design that calls for a touchscreen and includes a built-in digital camera for taking photos, as well as a digital music player and support for wireless Internet access. Measuring the same size as a CD jewel case, the Ultra Mobile design uses a novel method to turn the system on and off: users rotate the front half of the machine -- including the screen -- 45 degrees, changing the computer's shape from square to a star.
Fujitsu has no plans to manufacture either design, said an attendant manning the company's booth.