On Thursday, October 19th, TabletKiosk hosted the first of their series of Road Show events. This event was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel of Orange County, CA, just a few blocks away from the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. While it took quite a long time (over 2 hours) for me to drive there from the San Fernando Valley on a Thursday afternoon, it was an enjoyable event. As an added bonus, I ended up waiting out traffic after leaving the event by going for a nice dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Catal at Downtown Disney.
The event was primarily an informal opportunity to get some hands-on exposure to TabletKiosk’s UMPCs and Tablet PCs and accessories as well as an opportunity to network with staff members from TabletKiosk as well as members of the UMPC/Tablet PC community. I did feel like the event was targeted more at prospective UMPC buyers than at current owners (I actually was doing a bit of “salesmanship” of the concept myself), but it still was a nice opportunity to see most of TabletKiosk’s products in person while also meeting a few other members of the community.
There was no formal program and no major announcements were made, but they did have pretty much all their current systems and accessories on display and they also showed up a few prototypes of new accessories. They also had a drawing where they gave away 10 gift-bags of Intel swag as well as one $300 gift certificate to TabletKiosk.com. Unfortunately, I did not win anything.
The next events will be held on November 9th in Orlando, Florida and November 30th in Houston, Texas (a previously-announced 11/2 event in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been cancelled). TabletKiosk is also promising to visit quite a few more cities with similar events during 2007.
After the break are some photos from the event. Clicking on any of the photos will take you to a larger, higher-resolution image.
This additional table showed many of the eo accessories, both new and old. Conspicuous in their absence were the long promised port replicator and docking station for the v7110, although we were assured that the port replicator was at least still coming soon.
A couple particularly interesting items on this table included a prototype exterior for the eo v7110 and a wooden mock-up of an eo that was being used for demonstrating mounting accessories.
One of the most interesting prototypes on display was this handle grip that attaches to an eo via the universal VESA mount bracket sold by TabletKiosk. It is intended to allow easy one-handed operation. It is demonstrated here attached to the wooden mock-up mentioned above.
This folding stand attaches to a mounting hole on the back of the eo v7110 using a thumbscrew, providing that model with one of the features that is most frequently cited as an advantage of the Samsung Q1 and the TabletKiosk i-series. The stand was demonstrated attached to the eo, but I unfortunately was not in a position to get a photo at that time and didn’t get another opportunity. I can attest that it appeared to work quite well.
I did ask if the stand would also be available in white to match the white case option for the v7110, but was told that wasn’t planned. Their view was that most people wouldn’t be looking that closely at the back of the units, but I do hope that this will be re-considered.
Two views of the eo portfolio case
The eo slip case
TabletKiosk now sells this Targus USB folding keyboard. I just purchased one of these earlier this week and will plan to do a comparative report on this and the ThinkOutside folding keyboards in the near future.