CEATEC - Fujitsu shows prototype PC designs

Fujitsu showed off two prototype designs for future entertainment PCs at the Ceatec exhibiition in Japan.

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.

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