OpenPeak, a company that develops multimedia devices for OEMs, has introduced a new open-platform tablet called OpenTablet 7. Following the trend of numbering devices based on screen size, it is a 7″ tablet device that promises to be “the ultimate control panel”. Per the press release, here’s what it offers:
Powered by Intel’s next generation handheld and tablet platform, codenamed “Moorestown,” the OpenTablet 7 features a high-resolution 7-inch multi-touch TFT LCD screen with LED backlighting, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and cellular connectivity, HDMI output and dual cameras for capturing both high-definition video and still images. The on-board USB interface and MicroSD slot expand the device’s connectivity, while built-in speakers and microphone allow the device to serve as a fully functioning telephone and multimedia platform. At just 9 inches by 5 inches, and only .59” thick, the device is as slim and unobtrusive as a photo frame, and weighs just 1.15 pounds.
“The OpenTablet is the ultimate control panel, delivering the most commonly accessed multi-media services right to your fingertips anywhere,” said Dan Gittleman, CEO of OpenPeak. “The all-in-one device allows you to sync schedules, check movie times, listen to music, watch videos, get weather updates, and even monitor energy usage and home security, all from a single, easy-to-use device.”
Sounds impressive, but the marketing seems a little unfocused. The specs indicate a wide-mobility device, something that can be taken anywhere with an LED backlight for outdoor viewing and mobile Internet connectivity, while the CEO’s description sounds more like a narrow-mobility device, one that can be used around the home like a truly unversal remote control. No reason you can’t have both in one, but “it can do anything” type of messages often fail to hook customers. I suppose though it is up to the OEM to narrow that down and find their own hook.
Applications are built using Flash and an application marketplace is already being established. Can’t find word on OS, but I’m assuming it’s some flavor of Linux. Pricing is described as “affordable” and desktop or handset docking stations are available.