Tablets have come into their own over the past three years. Everyone seems to have one and both iPad and Android tablets flew off shelves this holiday season. Tablet styles, sizes and technology constantly evolve, but the next big thing in tablet computing may just be transparent tablets. We predicted to see such a device in 10 years’ time, but Grippity plans to be the first on the market next year and is promising a dual-sized typing experience we have never seen before.
Grippity, which just launched on Kickstarter, is a 7-inch tablet with a 800 x 480 resolution — low by today's standards — semi-transparent display designed by Taga. What makes it so unique, though, is that it allows typing from both sides of the tablet. In fact, Grippity could change the way we interact with tablets: it’s easier to type on with all 10 fingers thanks to its two sides and solid frame. Taga claims that it’s easier to use the back panel to type so that pixels aren’t hidden when you touch them. The company also mentions that playing Angry Birds is more fun on their device, although we doubt it on a resolution that low.
Grippity comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (it will get 4.4 KitKat if it's funded), front and back capacitive multi-touch, a quad-core processor, IR transmitter, SD card slot, 8GB of internal storage, 2,400 mAh Li-ion battery and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. It will also be one of the less expensive tablets on the market: you can get one now by pledging just $159 to the Kickstarter campaign (but hurry, as this particular reward level is limited). For just $333, you can get the gold Grippity with a personalized loading screen. (Gold gadgets appear to be going through a renaissance..)
The only downside to pledging now is that Grippity won't be released until October 2014, which is almost a year away.