We swung by Sony's booth and got a look at two encased concepts that offer a glimpse of what's in store for the future of mobile computing. Needless to say, they're freakin' awesome.
The first concept computer is the Slate (the black one with the silver keyboard) — it's made out of some kind of flexible material that can shapeshift. That said, its rear can morph from being flat to being a stand so it sits nicely on a table. Sony claims the flexible material is actually real. We're skeptical about that. (Straight up, if Sony showed that in action, it'd be one of the biggest draws of the show, which so far has been pretty light on the concept front. -Ed)
Its accompanying keyboard is also made of the same flexible material and has a cool backlit keyboard. As you'll see in the video below, it looks like the keys light up as you touch them, which is definitely a nice touch.
The other prototype (copper one) is the Hybrid and has an 11-inch screen screen. When slid upwards, it reveals a keyboard — a Windows keyboard. It's incredibly thin and looks to have some bend on its display.
Sony wouldn't elaborate beyond that, reminding us they're only concept designs. For what it's worth, the concept computers are snazzy enough to stare at all day. But doing so won't make them any more real.
Posted on location at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. All photos by Raymond Wong for DVICE.
All photos taken by Raymond Wong for DVICE. Video shot and edited by Raymond Wong for DVICE.