IN PHOTOS: Asus' upcoming dual-screen laptop, the Precog
TAIPEI, Taiwan – If in the future Asus ever fails, it will not be because of a lack of creativity. The Taiwanese brand has always experimented with form and function, especially with their laptops, which in the past we've seen bend in ways we thought a laptop couldn't.
This year at Taiwan's biggest tech show, Computex, we've seen them continue the act, introducing a few strange, new functionalities to traditional laptop and smartphone forms.
They've shown the ROG gaming phone – under their gaming sub-brand ROG – a flashy, powerful device with a bunch of wild accessories seemingly borrowed from console gaming titan Nintendo. There's also the ScreenPad, a touchpad/touchscreen hybrid whose usefulness will be tested by the creative professionals to which the ScreenPad-toting laptop is being marketed. (IN PHOTOS: The ROG Phone)
These two were certainly the biggest highlights of Asus' Computex presence this year. But just before they ended their main presentation, held Tuesday, June 5, they added another fantastic beast to the fray: a dual-screen laptop that also bends in myriad ways.
Dubbed Project Precog (short for precognition in reference to its claimed predictive AI capabilities), the laptop is past the purely conceptual stage, with Asus showing off actual working products at their show – albeit cordoned off from show-goers. It featured a highly reflective, bluish exterior with dual displays that look to measure at about 15-inches.
There were 5 units on display, 4 of which showcased a different configuration and another showing the laptop's exterior. Here are the 4 configurations of the Precog:
1) Stand mode - the traditional way laptops are positioned
2) Book mode - the laptop is propped up on its side, with the display reorienting as if to appear like a book
3) Tent mode - the laptop is flipped like a tent, with the displays showing on the outside
4) Flat mode - the laptop is laid out like a big, flat surface, which at the show, was shown to be displaying a two-player board game
Along with the form, the Precog is also touting AI capabilities for the laptop, including a supposed ability to predict which functions a user may need at a given time, and adjust the displays accordingly. Powering this capability is Intel Movidius, Intel's vision processing unit (VPU), which is an emerging class of microprocessors designed to allow computers to not just see but analyze, understand and react to objects they see.
Asus announced that they are targeting a 2019 release date for the laptop currently known as the Precog. – Rappler.com
(Disclosure: Asus sponsored the trip to Taiwan where the event was held.)