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One thing I didn’t mention in my earlier report on Paul Otellini’s keynote was the section incorporating an ultra mobile PC, WiMAX and a VW car. Proceedings kicked off with the unveiling of the ugliest UMPC I’ve ever seen. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the UMPC concept, but at least the Samsung Q1 looks great!

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The UMPC in question may have looked hideous, but it did boast a few features that I’d find welcome in the format. The screen twisted to reveal a full keyboard, the display sported an acceptable resolution of 1,024 x 768 and most importantly, it had integrated WiMAX. Intel demonstrated the integrated WiMAX by searching for the nearest Starbucks, which in itself is a strange thing to do. Let’s face it, if you’re looking for the nearest Starbucks in San Francisco, just open your eyes and you’ll see one. Anyway, for the sake of the demonstration, the UMPC locked onto the Startbucks up the road from the Masone Center.

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A VW car then drove onto the stage and the next phase of the demonstration kicked into play. We were treated to the location data of Starbucks being transmitted to the car, ready for a trip to the coffee shop.

The demonstration continued with the car staying connected to the UMPC and making use of its WiMAX connection. Intel next showed us that you can stream radio stations from the UMPC to the car. I was, quite simply amazed by this demonstration. Who would have thought it? Radio playing in a car? What a truly ground breaking concept – I sometimes wonder how people come up with such radical ideas.

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