California-based Always Innovating seems to be living up to its name with the debut of its 9-inch Touch Book. Eschewing a high-power chip for the ARM-based Texas Instruments OMAP 3 chip, the Touch Book can crank 10 to 15 hours of battery life out of a single charge. The 2 pound device measures 9.4 x 7 x 1.4 inches, sports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, support for 8 GB microSD card storage, 6 USB ports, a 3-dimensional accelerometer, speakers, microphone and headphone.
The most interesting features of the Touch Book are its convertible tablet display which folds down to a tablet PC form factor with a touchscreen 3D interface. It’s completely based on open source software as well, running on a Linux-based variant of the Angstrom distribution and including Mozilla’s mobile Fennec web browser. Always Innovating has also made the hardware schematics available for download under a GPL license.
Expected to ship in May or June of 2009, the Always Innovating Touch Book is expected to cost $299 without a keyboard or $399 as a convertible notebook with a keyboard.