By Jared Newman | Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 9:29 am
Okay Microsoft, I’ll bite.
The company’s doing a striptease of some unidentified hardware product, revealing a rendered image piece-by-piece through its Microsoft Hardware Twitter feed. The first image didn’t show much, but cobble it together with the second one (courtesy of JR Raphael at PCWorld), and you start to get a better picture — of something.
Maybe there’s a lot more going on in the area we can’t see, or perhaps we won’t be able to tell much of anything without flipping the device over. A new piece is promised soon, but Microsoft’s only hint for now is a slogan: “Don’t be so touchy … flat is where it’s at.”
I think it’s too thick to be a tablet, and too long to be a laptop (assuming the side with the Microsoft logo flips open), and in any case it’s probably wrong to assume such grand ambitions. Microsoft Hardware describes itself as the division that “creates the mice, keyboards, LifeCams and gaming peripherals that make working, playing and staying connected on your PC easier,” so I’m thinking peripheral rather than full-fledged computing device.
My best guess? A touch-sensitive remote for home theater PCs, but I’m still perplexed by the change in material near the top part of the device.
Actually, it kind of looks like my last cellphone, an old flip phone from Samsung: