by Rick Smith (November 11, 2001)
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Sony Aibo 3
Terminator comes home
The Sony Aibo3 features a more aggressive look and improved technology over its former siblings.
Ever since I saw the first "Sony dog" at a Sony event in New York, in 1999, I was impressed. At the time, I felt I was seeing the first new product of the 21st century and still feel that way. We are all getting a chance to see the future unfold in front of us and we get to participate in the birth of a new industry - real robots.
Other journalists say "it's only a dog" and I heard one comment that "it won't wash my car". This is true, but technology needs to start somewhere. When the Wright Brothers first flew, there may have been pundits that said that he didn't have the distance or have in-flight movies (which hadn't been invented yet either).
But progress occurred. In less than a century, we can "fly" into outer space and return with the Space Shuttle. The Sony Aibo3 is just like the first airplanes during the dawn of aviation, but you can now buy one.
The MediaTouch is one of several models of integrated computers from TouchSystems. It is a sleek desktop PC that combines the monitor and PC into a single package.
MediaTouch Connector panel
The base model:
Fits in the space of a flat LCD monitor
Costs about $2000
Saves desktop space
Measures 420mm x 360mm x 84mm
Features a 15.1", TFT LCD touch panel
Uses a 533mhz Celeron or Pentium III
TouchSystems provides several configurations for the MediaTouch such as Thin Client, Open frame and wall mount.
MediaTouch with desk-mounted arm
MediaTouch with wall mount
Other optional features are:
High Brightness LCD
Up to 1 GHz processor speed
MediaTouch is targeted for office desktops, easy kiosk integration and general industrial applications. It is available in either beige or black.
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