Intel shows ultrabook concept with innovative use of Windows 8 [Video]

Among the many announcements today was Intel's ultra book concept with a transparent touchpad. The new device is still a concept, but when paired with Windows 8, as shown in this concept, it could be an innovative way to use your computer.

The touchpad, as shown in the demo, is key to the use at it allows operation on either side of the panel; this can be seen in the video. Additionally, Intel said that this device is running Windows 7 with their live tile-like overlay when closed. It is expected by Intel that Windows 8 will take over this overlay functionality and as such, represents what a Windows 8 ultrabook could do, in this form factor.

While Intel did say that it is Windows 7, the fluidity of the tiles, the seamless of the actions make us suspect that it could possibly be Windows 8 hidden underneath. Either way, the interface they built is the exact same as Windows 8, which provides us with a lot of hope for Microsoft's next OS.

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(Intel employee, showing desktop with Start Orb and everything): "This is Windows 7. Same thing we had last year".
(Neowin): "Here's a concept showing something paired with Windows 8. The guy says it's Windows 7, but he's lying"

Neowin, this is BS, you cannot do this. You cannot continue to write this way.

Reminds me a lot of Sideshow for Windows 7/Vista...Oh ****...just saw the rest of the vid that's awesome But Idk if it will work well for every day life...

I'm not really impressed at all by it. I still like the way a real tablet is designed more. Xyboard or iPad the iPad is still better in my book.

wasn't this tried before with Windows Vista? Microsoft bult the capability of having a small notification screen on the lid of notebooks?

Innovative but pointless. Much like a 2 handled cup, you can call it innovative, but realistically it's pointless..

Seriously, waste of time, who holds their laptop upside down, seriously?

I like the idea of that, but the execution is quite poor IMO. It's great when you're looking at it closed, but when it's open I foresee a great number of returns due to cracked screens. To be honest I think Sideshow style stuff has had it's day now, and that ultrabook/tablet hybrids will fill this "quick access to notifications" niche much better.

I'm confused, the guy in the video clearly states the system is using Windows 7, yet this article suggests it is Windows 8.

Hurmoth said,
I'm confused, the guy in the video clearly states the system is using Windows 7, yet this article suggests it is Windows 8.

Its CES everyone tends to fib a bit at events like this

Daniel said,

Its CES everyone tends to fib a bit at events like this


Except if you look closely it has the Win 7 start button when he opens the lid.

MASTER260 said,

Except if you look closely it has the Win 7 start button when he opens the lid.

You don't need to look closely. The guy is asked point blank if its windows 8 and he says no its windows 7 with their own skin

This product was announced during their windows 8 demos, a lot of signs pointed towards it being windows 8, or designed for windows 8.

Vista SlideShow returns...

It was a brilliant concept back in 2005, and still is; too bad OEMs, developers, and consumers could not grasp the concept at the time. Maybe Windows 8 will finally get this into the consumer markets.

thenetavenger said,
Vista SlideShow returns...

It was a brilliant concept back in 2005, and still is; too bad OEMs, developers, and consumers could not grasp the concept at the time. Maybe Windows 8 will finally get this into the consumer markets.

Yeah I never understood why it didn't take off, it was a good idea. I think maybe partly because I'm never often looking at it when the lid is closed closed (and it's in my bag) makes it a bit of an expensive gimmick.

Majesticmerc said,

Yeah I never understood why it didn't take off, it was a good idea. I think maybe partly because I'm never often looking at it when the lid is closed closed (and it's in my bag) makes it a bit of an expensive gimmick.


Exactly.
That small screen should go above the keyboard.

osm0sis said,
Hahah I like how annoyed the guy is by the Metro comparisons.
Amazing what people can see in videos that the rest of us miss. I bet you are one of those people who watch Disney videos frame by frame to see stuff that wasn't meant to be seen, except by people who watch videos at super slow speed.

TechieXP said,
Amazing what people can see in videos that the rest of us miss. I bet you are one of those people who watch Disney videos frame by frame to see stuff that wasn't meant to be seen, except by people who watch videos at super slow speed.

I spotted it, and I'm half asleep. I bet you are one of those people that watch a film, and then have absolutely no idea what just happened by the end of it. Don't tar "the rest of us" with the same brush.

TechieXP said,
Amazing what people can see in videos that the rest of us miss. I bet you are one of those people who watch Disney videos frame by frame to see stuff that wasn't meant to be seen, except by people who watch videos at super slow speed.

Or ya know, he paid attention?