Below are the five coolest things we saw at IDF this week.
Intel Medfield Android Tablet Struts Its Stuff
One of the biggest stories this week was the announcement that Intel would formally support Android on the kernel level. To prove the point, Intel showed off this Honeycomb tablet powered by the Medfield, a low-power chip designed for tablets and smartphones.
Windows 8 OS Running on an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook
One of the first ultrabooks, the Acer Aspire S3, and the just-announced Windows 8 made an appearance together on the the second day of IDF. Though it was designed for touch, we’ve found it just as facile and intuitive to use with a traditional keyboard and touchpad. As you'll see in the video, navigating around the new OS on an ultrabook proved equally easy.
Toshiba Portege Z830 Hands-On: Light Weight, Great Looks
We got our hands on one of the first ultrabooks from Toshiba and wow, it is light! This 13-inch system weighs just 2.45 pounds and is a svelte 0.63 inches thin. We caught this ultrabook demonstrating Intel's Pair and Share technology, which allows for seamless sharing among your laptop, tablet, and smartphone.
Lego’s Augmented Reality App Shows You What’s Inside the Box
Legos will never cease to be cool, but the company's new augmented reality app is really cool. Hold the Lego box up to a webcam and it shows you what the finished product inside the box will look like in 3D—complete with animated Lego creations.
ASUS UX31 Hands-On: Sexy Ultrabook Has High-Res Screen, Speedy SSD
Is this the ultimate ultrabook? The ASUS UX31 packs a 256GB SSD, a super-fast Core i7 processor, and 4GB of RAM into a 2.9-pound machine. The 13.3-inch notebook also features a premium brushed-metal chassis and is just 0.67 inches thick.