MacWorld Expo, San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2007
Axiotron, Inc. together with its exclusive US Distributor Other World Computing (OWC) today unveiled the ModBook™, the first ever Mac OS® X tablet computer solution on OWC's MacWorld Expo booth #S2218. The Axiotron™ ModBook™ is essentially an after-market hardware modification kit for Apple® MacBook™ notebook computers, adding true pen input, a new 13.3" wide screen LCD and an optional Global Positioning System, behind chemically strengthened glass covers in a tough, satin chrome plated magnesium top shell.
Keeping all the powerful features of the MacBook base system such as the award winning Mac OS™ X with its build-in Inkwell handwriting recognition, up to 2GHz fast Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the integrated iSight™ camera and the CD/DVD combo drive, the slate-style Axiotron ModBook is the ultimate companion for applications and situations where a keyboard only gets in the way.
"Ever since my time as the last Apple Newton Business Unit Manager in Europe, I have been longing for the unique user experience of an integrated pen-based Mac portable and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring that vision to life" said Andreas Haas, President of Axiotron. "Built for mobile users, artists, students and professionals, the ModBook enables its user to draw and write directly on the screen, while the handwriting recognition built into Mac OS X Tiger not only turns hand scribbles into text in every application, but also provides extended control of the system through gesture recognition. If your favored input device is the pen, then this is the Mac tablet solution for you."
The ModBook is immediately available for pre-orders in the US through an exclusive joint-venture arrangement between Axiotron and long time Mac performance upgrade veteran Other World Computing (OWC). With Axiotron supplying the ModBook components and OWC offering the MacBook together with the conversion service through OWC's popular online store, endusers are able to have their brand new tablet Mac solution completely configured and custom-built to their individual needs. Every complete ModBook solution purchased through Other World Computing includes a 1 year OWC warranty and can be extended to up to 3 years.
Axiotron's ModBook features Wacom® Penabled® hardware, the same high quality technology that makes the Wacom pen tablets and interactive pen displays the preferred choice for professional artists, designers, photographers, and consumers. The ModBook's pen digitizer is responsive (133 position updates per second), accurate (20x display resolution) and pressure sensitive (256 levels).
The Modbook is the only portable Mac solution that features an optional built-in Global Positioning System (GPS). Based on the industry leading SiRFstar™ III chipset, the Axiotron Modbook GPS Module has been developed in cooperation with GlobalSat Technologies Corporation, an industry leader in GPS technology and longtime manufacturer of external, high quality GPS solutions for Mac and PC.
"Providing state-of-the-art embedded GPS technology is an area that is
fast becoming a major segment of our business" stated Alex Kotoff, Managing Director of USGlobalSat, Inc., GlobalSat's US subsidiary.
"Collaboration with product developers such as Axiotron, Inc. who are helping to promote new "in-field" applications for GPS receivers, is what makes this business exciting." The optional Axiotron ModBook GPS Module is available as build-to-order option for a suggested retail price of $100.
The Axiotron Modbook is equipped with a new and improved AnyView™ LCD
panel offering wider viewing angles (Horiz./Vert.: 100°/90° vs. 90°/55°) and a higher contrast ratio (500:1 vs. 400:1) for darker blacks and stronger, more saturated, lush colors, while maintaining the same resolution (1280x800 pixel) and aspect ratio (113 ppi) of the
original MacBook display. The included ModBook ColorSync™ profile offers a solid base calibration which can be adjusted or replaced using the Mac OS X Tiger display calibration tools or compatible third party solutions.
The Axiotron ModBook utilizes the original iSight camera of the MacBook base system, but with a 'twist'. The iSight camera is mounted in the ModBook's top shell slightly tilted downwards, allowing video conference applications like iChat to better frame the face of the user.
The ModBook is the only slate-style tablet computer on the market with
an internal CD/DVD combo drive, which can be upgraded to a DVD/CD combo burner with up to 8.5 GB capacity. In combination with its 13.3" wide screen LCD, this also earns the ModBook the title of "Largest Screen Portable DVD Entertainment System".
The Axiotron ModBook's top shell and the interior display frame are built from top grade, aircraft quality magnesium alloy, giving the ModBook superior structural strength for almost every situation. Its satin textured top shell is plated with chrome over a set of copper and nickel layers. This provides for an extremely wear resistant and aesthetically pleasing surface. Inconspicuous locking points, designed into the magnesium top shell, allow the ModBook to be securely placed in optional multi-functional mounts i.e. for use with VESA compatible desktop arms.
Both the ModBook's LCD panel and the builtin iSight camera are protected by replaceable ForceGlass™ screen covers made from Chemically Strengthened (CS) glass, providing superior optical and aging properties as well as far improved scratch resistance. The display screen cover has been treated on both sides for optimized optical properties. The LCD facing (in)side features an anti-reflective coating to increase the light transmissivity for a brighter image. The user facing (out)side has been acid treated to achieve an etched surface, carefully calibrated to match the display resolution. This provides for a crisp, paper-like writing sensation, while keeping perceived haze and light refractions to a minimum.
Pricing and Availability
Designed by Axiotron, the ModBook is immediately available for pre-orders in the US and Canada exclusively through Other World Computing and will begin shipping to US customers in April 2007. Please visit http://www.macsales.com/modbook or call +1.800.275.4576 to order your complete built-to-order MacBook today.
In Europe Axiotron will make the ModBook available in the second half of 2007 through Authorized ModBook Solution Partners beginning in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Additional build-to-order options include the ability to upgrade to 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, up to 160GB (5400-RPM) or 200GB (4200-RPM) hard drive, 6x or 8x DVD±RW and CD-RW slot-load combo drive.
- Batteries are covered by the standard warranty of the original manufacturer and are excluded from the OWC warranty and OWC warranty extension plans.
Special Introductory Price
During the MacWorld and until January 31st, OWC is offering the complete ModBook base configuration plus the built-in Axiotron GPS Module at an MacWorld Special Introductory Price of $2,199.
A high-tech solution hardware manufacturing company, Axiotron, Inc. (http://www.axiotron.com) is the maker of the ModBook™, the one and only tablet Mac solution. Following its unique vision of Customizing Your World™ Axiotron™ is dedicated to the conception and development of intriguing digital lifestyle products, and aspires to become a leading innovator in the high-tech industry. In addition to developing, manufacturing and marketing products for selected markets, Axiotron is offering its product development expertise to customers in need of a truly custom hardware product. Founded in January 2005 and privately held, Axiotron is a Delaware corporation headquartered in El Segundo, California.
About Other World Computing
Other World Computing has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer universe since 1988. The Illinois-based company had revenues exceeding $35 million USD in 2005. OWC operates the popular http://www.MacSales.com e-commerce portal which features one of the largest online catalogs of computer and iPod enhancement products including Mercury, Neptune, and NewerTech acceleration and FireWire product lines. OWC is a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member and provides extensive technical support for Macintosh users around the world. The company management umbrella includes leading Internet Service Providers FasterMac.net and OWC.net and is the area's leading technology employer as ranked by McHenry County Business Journal.
Wacom Technology Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, WA and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan (TSE:
6727). In 1989, Wacom revolutionized the nature of digital creativity when it introduced the world's first cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen. Today, millions of photographers, designers and artists of all levels enjoy its patented technology. Visit http://www.wacom.com for more information.
About US GlobalSat Inc.
GlobalSat Technology (http://www.usglobalsat.com) was founded in May 2000. The company's headquarters and ISO9001 production facilities are located in the prestigious "Far East Century Park" in Taipei, Taiwan. GlobalSat Technology is a market leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of GPS, Bluetooth, and mobile wireless communication
products. As part of their global vision for expansion, GlobalSat Technology established a North American subsidiary in 2004 (USGlobalSat, Inc.) to provide localized project support and expanded access to meet rising demands for their products. USGlobalSat, Inc. is based in City of Industry, California.
Neither Axiotron nor the ModBook are in any way affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Apple Computer, Inc.. Axiotron, ModBook, TabletMac, ForceGlass, AnyView, and the Axiotron Flame Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Axiotron Incorporated in the United States, other countries, or both. Apple, iSight, ColorSync, Mac, Mac OS, and MacBook are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wacom and Penabled are registered trademarks of Wacom Company, Ltd. Other product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.
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