Tired of carrying a smartphone, tablet, and notebook around? While Asus is trying to simplify things with products like the Asus Padfone that let your phone act as the brains of a tablet, a group called idealfuture has another idea.
They’re trying to raise $100,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build a device called the if convertible which can function as a dual-screen laptop computer with a detachable screen which you can use as a phone or tablet.
It’s a neat idea, but hardware specs haven’t been finalized and there are no pictures of an actual product, just rendered images. So it’s probably best to treat it like a neat concept rather than a real device at this point — but if you really want to help make the if convertible real, you can reserve a unit for a pledge of $999.
It won’t ship until June, 2014 at the earliest though.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Concept combines smartphone, laptop with dual-screens, detachable screen
The idea is to build a device with two 7 inch screens which provide 12 inches of usable space when combined, as well as dual batteries, dual antennas, and even dual operating systems with Windows 8 and Google Android. [Indiegogo]
- Amazon’s rumored TV box might not be out in time for the 2013 holiday season
Sure, Amazon hasn’t actually confirmed that there *is* an upcoming TV box. But it looks like it might be delayed. [The Verge]
- Google is testing limited banner ads on the homepage for some search results for the first time
Part of what makes Google’s search engine different from others is the banner ad-free homepage with a lot of white space. It might be time to say goodbye to that distinction soon. [The Guardian]
- Pandora could be coming soon to Chromecast
As content makers bring more services to Google’s Chromecast, the little $35 TV dongle becomes more and more useful. Right now Roku and even Google TV support many more services, but at this rate that might not be true for long. Gigaom]
- VIA introduces VAB-820 pico-ITX embedded Android/Linux board with Freescale i.MX6 quad processor
It looks like a tiny desktop… and it kind of is. But this board is designed for embedded applications. It can run Android or Ubuntu Linux, has 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. [VIA]
- HTC Sense 5.5/Android 4.3 lets HTC One users disable the BlinkFeed widget
HTC calls BlinkFeed a feature — but some folks who don’t want a big news widget on their home screens might call it a bug. Now you can squash it. [The Verge]
- Wondering about gaming on the Asus Transformer Book T100 w/Bay Trail? @Nicole_Scooter has the answer
Nicole from Mobile Geeks tested a series of games including Starcraft II, Diablo 3, Torchlight, and World of Warcraft, with mostly positive results. [Mobile Geeks]