In the continuing blurring of the lines between computer, gaming console and entertainment screen, Toshiba rolled out its latest laptop computer, which is said to be the first of its kind with 3D, Blu-ray capability. It can playback both 3D Blu-ray titles and 3D games. The new “Dynabook TX/98MBL” will be available from the end of July in the Japanese market. No word on plans for a U.S. release date. Of course, such a highly advanced laptop, with a 640 gig hard drive, Nvidia graphics and its own remote control, also comes with a pair of 3D glasses. Perhaps one day electronic manufacturers will ship accessories such as controllers and 3D glasses in sets, but for now, your friends and co-workers will have to get their own glasses.
Before the Dynabook, Toshiba’s Satellite P500 laptop included the option for an integrated, re-writable Blu-ray player. It also had a backlit keyboard feature and a biometric fingerprint reader. Not interested in a fingerprint reader? No worries. The innovative folks at Toshiba also included, “USB Sleep-and-charge” technology, which isn’t a way to rack up credit card bills while you sleep. With this feature you can charge your mobile devices even when the computer is asleep or off.
And just for the record, Toshiba isn’t a Japanese word with a cute or deep meaning. Like Brangelina, it’s a merger of the word Tokyo with Shibaura, an engineering company that can trace its origins to 1875. Toshiba is part of the Japanese version of a Chamber of Commerce type group where members prefer other members when it comes to business dealings. Such loyalty is thought to have a broad spectrum of influence including the choice of beer that employees drink. Asahi anyone?
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