ModBook Makes Apple Tablet a Reality

With all the talk going on here about the low likelihood of a tablet Mac, it’s funny to see OtherWorldComputing and Axiotron announce the ModBook, a modified MacBook in the form of a tablet, which will be officially unveiled on January 9th. Although scant few details have been given, the site offers a couple of tantalizing tidbits of information about the ModBook. It’ll have pen and handwriting recognition, probably via Inkwell; optional GPS (looks like another of Nick’s dreams will be realized); as well as a built-in CD and DVD drive and an iSight camera. It seems it’ll also have a custom designed case made of “aircraft grade magnesium alloy,” making this perfect for the true road warrior. There have been tablet mods before, made by wishful users, but none sold commercially or nailing the functionality people really want for a tablet, both of which it seems the ModBook will have. The official announcement will occur on January 9th*, with a usable demo machine at OtherWorldCompuing’s Macworld booth (S2218, for those lucky enough to be going.) With no pictures yet, it’s hard to know whether this will be the solution everyone’s been waiting for or a bulky hack undesired by even Nick, but they certainly do a good job of making these next few days of anxious anticipation even more unbearable.

*Wouldn’t it be rich if the unveiling was precluded by an Apple-made tablet Mac announcement at the keynote, however unlikely that is?

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