Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Feb 2007 23:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Asus has produced the first laptop in the world that makes use of Windows Vista SideShow to support a secondary screen in the lid. This is a 2.8in screen with a QVGA resolution of 320x240, just like any number of mobile phones that are on the market. The lid of the Asus also holds 1GB of flash memory which stores a cut-down Operating System that powers SideShow and which also links to the main Vista Operating System."
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NathanHill
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2006-10-06

But this thing is dead in the water.

I mean.. that laptop lid looks like it grew a hump. And the Sideshow idea seems kind of cool, but it's limited and impractical. If you have your laptop with you on a train/plane/car, are you going to close the lid and try to type notes, ideas, whatever on a tiny little PDA screen.... or are you just gonna open the laptop and get a lot done quicker?

It's a quirky idea, maybe worth a few test units to see how it shakes out in practical use... but I agree with other commenters - what need does this fill?

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

You wouldn't use the Sideshow device to type notes. It's for quick access to data already stored on the PC.

The integrated lid design will vary with the ODM, and is only one of the forms Sideshow devices will have. LG's is better integrated than Asus'.
http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/lge-z1-laptop-packs-sideshow-too...
Both ODMs use NVIDIA's device platform.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_38775.html

They can also be wireless devices that are either detatchable from the laptop's lid, or that are sold as standalone devices that only provide Sideshow functionality, or they can be integrated into any number of common items like alarm clocks, phones, digital picture frames, travel bags, or remote controls to provide readily available remote data access, and control for mobile, desktop, or entertainment PCs -- anywhere a secondary display can provide information or control without having to be sitting in front of the computer, or even compliment what's on the computer's monitor.
http://www.sideshowdevices.com/ricavisions-vista-sideshow-remote-co...
http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/dells-sideshow-enabled-bluetooth...

The Reg article is incorrect about Sideshow gadgets being the same as Sidebar gadgets. Sideshow gadgets are built specifically for that platform, and have their own control panel in Vista. The gadgets that appear on the Sideshow device are customizable via that control panel, and there's an SDK for creating custom gadgets.

Edited 2007-02-27 07:01

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