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Photos: Mobile tech at CeBIT

New hardware on show at CeBIT in Germany this year includes a Windows version of a low-power laptop and a notebook designed for air travel.
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The Flybook V5 from Tennessee-based Dialogue Technology Corp is one of the smallest Vista-capable laptops available (its manufacturers claim it's the smallest). The laptop weighs about 1.2kg and is slightly larger than a sheet of A5 paper at 235mm x163mm.

Within its 30mm-thick case it packs an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor running at 1.2GHz, 2GB of RAM that can be expanded to 4GB, and an 80GB hard drive. It has built-in Bluetooth and 802.11 a/b/g wireless networking, together with an HSDPA datacard and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

The one feature it lacks is a mouse-pointer: that's because the 8.9-inch WXGA screen is touch-sensitive. Dialogue claims up to five hours battery life for the notebook. Prices range from US$1,700 to US$2,000.

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The Flybook VM is, according to manufacturer Dialogue Technology Corp, the first laptop designed specifically for using on a plane.

Dialogue chief executive Roland Pinto said the company designed the screen's hinge to allow the whole display to move forward when the person in front tips their seat back. The slender of wrist can type with their hands below the screen, he explained.

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Asus is showing a version of the standard Eee PC running Microsoft Windows XP. The system has the same hardware as the 4GB models currently on sale. The Windows XP Eee PC in Australia retails for AU$579, while the windows version retails for AU$499.

Elsewhere at the show, Asus is announcing a new Eee PC with revamped hardware, including an 8.9 inch screen.

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MyStor's solid state hard drives have a 32GB capacity and are available in IDE or SCSI format.

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Axxen's Skype USB pen has a standard USB connector at one end and a mini jack at the other for plugging in a headset. When plugged into a PC, the pre-installed Skype client fires up.

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The WowPen Memo from Wow Technology is a device for recording notes you make on pads of paper. It clips to the top of a pad and records movements from the special pen that is included in the package. A mini USB port means you can then plug it into your PC where the software will download your scribblings either to be stored in a graphical format, or run through the OCR software so it can be turned into text.

Wow Technology founder Anders Bergstrom said he expects it to be available for about £130. A wired version, the WowPad Digi, will cost a little less.

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