Thursday, January 04, 2007

Clones Reborn???


* From the Axiotron website / Axiotron is a development partner of OWC


This at first skipped my mind because it registered as something similar to the Wacom Cintiq ... but once I actually visited the Other World Computing Page I realized that this is an ACTUAL MAC not necessarily a heavily modded "pre-existing MacBook":

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ModBook

I wonder if this was pre-announced to see Apple's reaction. I wonder if Apple will care that someone else is selling a "superior Mac"

MacRumors forums posters make the following suggestions:

They likely make you purchase a MacBook (on your dime), ship it to them, and then they modify it to make it a tablet and give it back to you. This would obviously void Apple's warranty so they also likely provide support for this modified MacBook.


... if colorware [which custom paints Macs] can buy macs, paint them, and resell them; why can't a company buy macs, change a few parts, and resell them?


From Other World Computing:

The Axiotron ModBook™
The ModBook is the first and only Mac tablet computer solution!
Write and draw directly on screen!
True pen & handwriting recognition
Built in iSight Camera
Integrated CD/DVD combo drive
The ONLY Mac solution with an optional built-in Global Positioning System
Aircraft grade magnesium alloy for all terrain use
Engineered in the U.S. by a renowned team of German and American designers, the ModBook's condensed form factor and integrated pen-based user experience makes it the ultimate solution for applications and situations where a keyboard only gets in the way.


These two features indicate an entirely custom built solution:

The ONLY Mac solution with an optional built-in Global Positioning System

Aircraft grade magnesium alloy for all terrain use

One interesting note:

OWC/Axiotron are NOT authorized Apple Resellers or Apple Value Added Resellers:

http://eshop.macsales.com/Service/index.cfm?page=about.html

http://axiotron.web7.serverlogistics.com/index.php?id=7

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a 'repurposed' Macbook. The guts removed, Wacom's Penabled/EMR system added behind the screen, supplemented with a GPS receiver on the USB bus and placed in a new custom case.

fixyourthinking said...

I think that's the case ... I even figured it is most likely very profitable as well. OWC has an eBay account ... I would imagine they will also profit the "removed" pieces as "part sales on Ebay" ... it's still dicey ground ... Outbound computer as precedent or not.