Mebius NJ70A Hands-On: The world first netbook with optical
With all of the cookie-cutter netbook designs out there, Sharp’s Mebius NJ70A is a breath of fresh air. In lieu of a boring little trackpad, Sharp inserted a 4-inch Optical Sensor LCD which greatly expands possibilites. Don’t believe me? Check out the serveral applications in the video from Akihabara News. I see handwriting, games, and a calculator for starters.
At first, I thought this was a little too gimmicky, but once I got past that, I thought there might be some merit in this idea. After all, netbook screens are typically small so the extra 854×480 display could be very useful for alarm notifications, urgent e-mails and much, much more. Aside from the Optical Sensor, the remaining specs are pretty much what we’ve seen before: a 10.1-inch device with Intel Atom N270, 160GB hard drive, etc…