CNET News Video: Always Innovating launching touch-screen Netbook
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CNET News Video: Always Innovating launching touch-screen Netbook

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CEO Gregoire Gentil demos a new ARM-powered Netbook with an optional keyboard. Bonus feature: magnetic back so you can stick it to your fridge.

[ silence ] ^M00:00:09 >> Gregoire Gentil: Hello, I'm Gregoire Gentil and I'm the founder of Always Innovating. And this is a touch book that we are introducing at Demo09. The key feature of this small netbook is that you can remove the screen, and then the system becomes a stand-alone touch screen tablet. So you can really use the keyboard if you want to type an email or type other commands. And if you want to really enjoy your tablet in your sofa you can with your finger touch key the system. You can also put the system on the wall or on the fridge; it will be magnetic. So we really think this is a very cool, all in one netbook. >> It's magnetic. >> Gregoire Gentil: Yes. >> On the back? >> Gregoire Gentil: Yes, on the back. >> And it's red! >> Gregoire Gentil: Yes, so definitely red. We try to do something pretty nice in term of a, of a design. A cool feature is that you can revert as a system like this, especially good if you want to watch a video, you are in an airplane. And you know that could be quite, quite nice to use a system like this. You can close the, the system and have a standard tablet with a, with a, with a keyboard. Or if you prefer you can have it separated. Obviously you would be able to hold tight as a device, or you will be able to watch like this, like this, like this, that means in any stance you want to, to use this system. >> Tell me about the interface and operating systems. >> Gregoire Gentil: So we are running our own flavor of Lynx. This is based on the open embedded, but you can install any operating system. And this is really an open platform. So especially if you want to install Google [inaudible] you will be able to do it on this a, on this system. This system is very unique, because it's powered by an ARM processor. So this is a first netbook that is powered by an ARM processor. And the ARM processor give many advantage, especially in term of battery life. The battery of this system can last between 10 to 15 hours. I mean this is 3 times longer than most of the netbook in the market. So we really think that this is really break through to use an ARM processor. >> Now you, I, I heard that you have written your, your own user interface. >> Gregoire Gentil: Yes. So we really wanted to have something that you can really use with your finger. I mean it's not like you need your pinky to click on a window. So you have something very, very large, and something very user friendly with your finger, especially when you are in a tablet, tablet mode. And you have a standard user interface in keyboard mode with a stockman [phonetic] use or very similar to a, to a standard netbook. >> Can we; does it power up? >> Gregoire Gentil: No. >> Not, not yet? >> Gregoire Gentil: Just have to learn at Demo you will see a >> Okay. >> Gregoire Gentil: The, the full UI. >> Okay. Well thank again. And, what, now tell us how much this will be; where and when we can get it. >> Gregoire Gentil: So the tablet will be $299, $399 with the, the, the keyboard. So defiantly we are in the same price range as a standard netbook. And it will be available very late this Spring, so probably in May or June you will be able to get the device. And you can still preorder on our website starting this week. >> Thank you very much. >> Gregoire Gentil: Thank you.

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