From ClifK at CIT board (something of an insider)
....W8.1. Surprisingly usable in a touch screen environment, wouldn't want it for a conventional screen and keyboard though. Intuitive, getting used to the screen swipes to restore start, see apps, etc. What I particularly like is when clicking on a URL or attachment within an email, you get the target alongside the original email. You can sweep either aside if you want a bigger version of one. Posting on here is easier than the iPad, particularly for correcting text.
Moving on to apps - iPad has an obvious advantage here as the iTunes library is far more extensive. However, a big bugbear for me on the iPad is handling Office and PDF files, where clearly the Omni scores - also for video clips needing Flash. I prefer the facetime (although restricted to other Apple devices) interface to Skype - not sure whether angry birds would work on the Omni though.
I would think that for £350 before cashback, if you need Office which is worth £149 or so, the Omni is better value than a conventional windows screen and keyboard notebook - also avoids the frustration of having to go back to point and click.
Hope it's OK to reference this material here!
Thanks, investorni. A little more detail on Surface 2 (copy and paste):
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets are selling very well, according to Mashable‘s checks with various retailers where the devices are sold out with just over a week to go until Christmas. It’s unclear whether Microsoft built smaller quantities of tablets and might be manufacturing the sellouts, or whether the company is actually enjoying a hot streak with Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 sales.
Either model is listed as “sold out” on Microsoft’s online store, no matter which configuration buyers try to purchase. The same goes for Walmart’s online store and Best Buy’s retail stores – interestingly though, Best Buy’s website shows the devices as available. According to a Best Buy salesperson in New York City, the new Surface tablet is “extremely popular” with shoppers, although no actual sales numbers were provided by the stores. Amazon, on the other hand, still has Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 units for sale, although stock is limited.
Search YouTube for "Xsense Design Contest." Unfortunately, the new flick offers NO VIEWS OF DESIGNS ALREADY COMPLETED! Just a bunch of folks in Norway or somewhere admiring a few square feet of Xsense. Well, maybe we can learn SOMETHING from the flick. Maybe the design methods are secret. Probably worth watching anyway.
Challenge Yourself. Enter Atmel's XSense Design Contest With Your Unique Designs Using This Revolutionary New Flexible Touch Sensor
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, has launched its "Bend Your Mind XSense Design Contest," which will run through June 2014. Atmel is searching for contestants from students to engineers, hobbyists, designers, fashionistas and more who want to stretch their imagination by submitting unique designs that utilize Atmel's flexible XSense(R) touch sensor.
Anyone who is a fan of Atmel's Facebook page may submit an original design drawing with a photo on Atmel's XSense Design Contest page. Contestants may also enter the technical design contest based on the design contest sensor specifications. Atmel's Facebook fans may then vote for their favorite design until June 2014. Final winners will be selected by Atmel judges, based on originality, creativity and uniqueness of the design. Contestants are encouraged to share this contest and their designs with family, friends and colleagues, since public voting will be a considered a factor in the final contest winners.
Anyone interested in participating but requiring some assistance in envisioning the unlimited design possibilities with XSense is encouraged to watch this video for inspiration.
Get your downgrade in before market open Monday. OK? Otherwise it means nothing.
My guess would be that if silver can be workable down to 2 microns, copper can as well. In fact, we have tons of experience with copper at sub-micron (not necessarily 5 microns thick!)
From SA last year this time, by Chris Hoffman:
One of the biggest advantages of UniBoss over ITO is that it uses copper, which costs a mere $8/kg, thus lowering the cost per smartphone from $4.05 to $2.50. This is a savings of over 35% at the smartphone size. Unlike ITO, UniBoss scales very well into larger screens, allowing for significantly higher savings for tablets and laptops.
Silver is slightly low resistance (according to this article), but the cost must be quite high!
I did find the full 6-page transcript at Seeking Alpha; thought I posted that fact here. Seeking Alpha was faster than Atmel at putting the article up (no duh).
Steve Skaggs's presentation is reprinted fully at Seeking Alpha.
Recently, we’ve introduced a new family of products called the T Series to focus on touchscreens. Here we offer a single-chip solution that can power a touchscreen from 1.5 inch all the way up to 15.6 inch. We have full hover [ph], glove and moisture resistance capability. This product line not only addresses large screens, but also smaller smartphone screens. And we have a strong position in large screens, as I discussed, with over 115 different design wins with tablets and Ultrabooks. These are certified and captured by Microsoft. So it’s easy to track.
Thanks, Gretel for last night's message - more at site
Atmel presented in London this afternoon (it was the very monotone CFO) - you can listen back here. XSense starts from around 17 minutes from memory:
Today's presentation.confirmed that the new HP Omni 10 contains XSense and "just moved into production in the last week".
Good to see him bullish about XSense, particularly in stating that it will enable new curved designs in the auto, consumer and industrial spaces as well as in tablets, laptops etc.
He also noted that Atmel had recently won 100 design wins for touchscreen systems in autos.
Nice question about XSense at the end, eliciting the answer that aside from HP "other OEMS are not public yet". Which is nice.