NEC has come up with a way to make gaming experiences on tablet and mobile phones a lot more realistic with its tactile touchscreen display. Often compared with console gaming, mobile gaming as far as tablet and smartphone games go, have never been able to live up to the mark. Now, this might bring them closer to bridging the gap.
What the tactile touchscreen does is offer feedback when the on-screen characters undergo resistance or force. Imagine if you could feel the tension of the slingshot before you let it and continue to feel the ‘twang’ as the band snaps the bird towards the target. Surprisingly, the folks over at NEC and Tokyo Institute of Technology have come up with a fairly simple way of making it work instead of Senseg’s electrostatic-field based technology.
The device uses a wire anchored on each corner of the display and when force or resistance is shown, the wires jerk the screen in the corresponding direction. For a more in-depth view of what we are dealing with here, do view the video embedded above at this possible paradigm changing experience.
NEC VersaPro type VZ Windows 7 tablet announced in Japan
Windows 7 probably isn’t the most popular choice when it comes to tablet operating systems, but we expect that it has its fans, particularly those in the enterprise sector who might need a more robust operating system to achieve their needs. In any case, for enterprise owners who are looking for a new tablet, you might want to consider the NEC VersaPro type VZ, a business tablet that will only be available via NEC’s B2B solution.
As far as its specs are concerned, the VersaPro type VZ will feature Windows 7 as its choice of operating system, a 12.1” 1024×768 display that supports both touch and pen inputs, a Celeron 857 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, WiFI and LTE capabilities courtesy of a Docomo Xi LTE module. While the specs appear to be borderline netbook/laptop, its price thankfully appears to be that of a budget mid-ranged tablet at ¥20,000 (~$241).
NEC MEDIAS LTE N-04D Android handset to launch in Japan
Residents of Japan, if you’re in the market for an LTE capable handset, you might be interested in checking out NEC’s latest offering in the form of the MEDIAS LTE N-04D Android handset. The phone is expected to see a launch on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and will be available come 15th February 2012, although pricing has not yet been revealed at this point in time.
As far as the hardware specs of the MEDIA LTE N-04D is concerned, it will be an Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered handset with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor under the hood, feature 16GB of internal storage, a 4.3” 720×1280 display, an 8.1MP rear-facing camera, a dust-proof body, water resistant, mobile wallet functionality and with a 1Seg TV tuner on board. It will also feature Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and should be compatible with the Casio G-Shock GB-6900 watch.
NEC LifeTouch W To Arrive In Japan
NEC is set to launch their dual-screen tablet device named the NEC LifeTouch W in Japan next month. The device would feature two 7 inch resistive displays capable of 800 x 600 resolution and comes loaded with just 384MB of RAM. The device is powered with a Cortex A8 CPU and it would ship with Android 2.2 edition with battery life to be around five hours. Perhaps not the most amazing tablet in terms of specs and operating system (Froyo 2.2 really?) so NEC should be pricing this rather cheaply if it hopes to compete with the rest of the tablets out there.
Would any of you consider this tablet if it was priced cheaply, or would you rather fork out more money to ensure that you got the best tablet that money could buy? Is the resistive touch screens putting you off or is it Android’s Froyo 2.2 that might deter you from getting this device? After all there are tablets out there that run on dual-core processors and sport Android’s Honeycomb 3.0 operating system which was designed for tablets.
If anything this could serve as an introductory Android tablet for users who are just getting into the Android game.