The makers of the excellent ExoPC Windows 7 Tablet, that has been sold around the world under various names and remains to this day one of the finest quality Windows tablets available in terms of overall build quality, are readying their next generation device for unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The ExoDesk is a 40 inch touchscreen desk with pre-programmed widgets you can move around and interact with. It seems quite happy with a keyboard and mouse say on it though there’s no idea yet how happy it would be with a cup of coffee or some papers.
It was only a matter of time before someone came along to challenge Microsoft’s surface, a new version from Samsung has now gone on sale for around $3000. The ExoDesk, when it eventually goes on sale some time next year will cost just $1200 which is a startling achievement given the fact that a 40 inch screen would usually cost more than that on its own.
There’s no word yet, on anything really, but the questions that need to be asked are how large the computing components are for the ExoDesk and what operating system they run. IT could simply be run from your existing PC as a seperate monitor. ExoPC already have a strong developer community from their ExoPC, if you’ve not seen that many ExoPC tablets around then it’s because Intel bought most of them for their MeeGo developer community. It’s unclear how many widgets will be available at the time of launch and if the desk will be able to perform full computing tasks on its own such as web browsing.
Anybody who saw the original Tron movie in 1982 will have been lusting after one of these ever since, I doubt that the included widgets for this model will include ones for taking over the entire computing world and appropriating programs, though in fairness Microsoft’s Surface doesn’t include this functionality either.
ExoPC do quite like me so I’m going to try my level best to get one of these desks to review, it looks simply amazing and hugely interesting. Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed! You can view a first look at the ExoDesk in action in the video below.