While Apple may not have focused on the Mac during last night's keynote, partners across the event remain focused on the computer — with two delivering the first ever Mac OS X tablet computer.
Andreas Haas, president of Axiotron, is a former management level leader with Apple, including serving as Newton Business Unit Manager in Europe, which explored tablet feasibility.
Hass says: "Built for mobile users, artists, students, medical practitioners and professionals, the Axiotron ModBook enables its user to draw and write directly on the screen, while the handwriting recognition built into Mac OS X Tiger not only turns hand scribbles into text in every application, but also provides extended control of the system through gesture recognition. If your favoured input device is the pen, then this is the Mac tablet solution for you," said Haas.
The Axiotron ModBook is an after-market hardware modification of a MacBook. It adds true pen input, a new 13.3-inch wide screen LCD and an optional Global Positioning System all crammed inside a tough, satin chrome-plated magnesium top shell.
All the features of the MacBook remain in play: Mac OS X, Inkwell, 2GHz Core 2 Duo processors, iSight and more. Every ModBook solution purchased through Other World Computing includes a one year warranty, which can be extended to up to three years.
The computer features Wacom Penabled hardware, the same technology that drives Wacom pen tablets and interactive pen displays. It allows users to write on the screen and control the cursor using a pen.
"Wacom is pleased to have its patented pen input technology incorporated in the Axiotron ModBook tablet solution for the Mac enthusiast," said Joe Deal, president of Wacom.
The ModBook is the only slate-style tablet computer solution on the market with an internal CD/DVD combo drive, which can be upgraded to a DVD/CD combo burner.