Acer showcases the next phase of PC evolution

Acer was generating a good response to its initial Tablet PC offering at yesterday’s show. The TravelMate C100 Tablet PC is being targeted at vertical industries, such as journalism, healthcare and education.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  October 16, 2002

Acer was generating a good response to its initial Tablet PC offering at yesterday’s show. The TravelMate C100 Tablet PC, which will start shipping in November, is being targeted at vertical industries, such as journalism, healthcare, education and also high level executives.

The machine, which runs on Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, enables users to write script directly on screen with a digital pen or to use voice recognition technologies.

“The Tablet PC represents the next evolution in computing technology,” says Shashank Sharma, business development manager, mobile computing, Acer Computer, Middle East. “The Tablet PC is a more natural way of communicating through voice and writing,” he adds.

Show visitor, Mazin Elhakeem, marketing department promotion section manager, Datanet, was enthusiastic about the Travel C100 after been given a demonstration. “This could really make life easier. I could see myself using it, both at home and in the office,” he says.
The TravelMate 100 on show today is loaded with a Pentium 3 MHz 800, ultra low voltage processor, 256 M/bytes RAM and a 30 G/byte hard drive. It will retail for approximately US $2100, says Sharma.

However, before Tablet PCs become the dominant form factor, Microsoft needs to deliver an Arabic version of its Tablet PC operating system.

“Although Arabic is 100% important for the Tablet PC… an Arabic operating system isn’t expected soon. However, we are working with Microsoft to identify third party vendors that can supply Arabic plug-ins to provide this [handwriting and voice recognition] support,” explains Sharma.

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