Prototype EXOdesk (via EXOPC)
is getting the "thumbs' up" for compatibility, which may put the use of the EXO UI on path to obsolescence. Baring internal competition for user input, the EXOdesk will come with access to the EXOstore at launch.
Applications for the EXOdesk are developed in HTML5, for those with the sudden interest to get onboard the EXO train. A lackluster set of planned apps was announced:
● News reader, information and market watch
● Timeline and alert system
● Reference and contextual help
● Contextual services
● Calculator and converter
● Clock, alarm
● Shortcuts, virtual keyboards and pointing devices
● Media player (playback can be done on the EXOdesk or other display or computer)
● Musical instruments
● Board games
● Educational applications
The $1,200 USD 32-inch capacitive touch is sure to be popular next year for those with gadget lust and money to burn (down from 40" due to limited access to 40" capacitive touch panels). However, for those who want to use this for CAD, PCB layout, or any beyond casual use, may have to wait. Hopefully, the software giants will hop to creating Windows 8 versions of their suites.
Two versions of EXOdesk are planned: one with a desktop backbone, and the other a laptop. The current desktop based prototype uses an Intel i7 and a GMA accelerator card. For the record, the EXOdesk appears to be more powerful than Microsoft Surface 2.0, base hardware-wise. Coupling all factors together with price will propel the table to dominance.
EXOdesk = $1,200
Surface 2.0 = $8,000