Unknown T-swivel device has touchpad, mouse buttons

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Has anyone seen this before? Its resemblance to Intel’s old T-swivel UMPC prototype and inclusion in a recent Korean article about the failings of UMPCs and MIDs, not to mention what sure looks like a small touchpad flanked by mouse buttons to me, suggest that the device is (at the very least) a UMPC/MID concept. And according to the image properties, which reveal that the photo was taken on June 3, the unit may have been mistaken for a bar of soap during Computex 2008 in Taipei. Other than that and what you can see for yourself in the picture, nothing else is known about the toyish-looking gadget.

If not for the touchpad and the UMPC/MID article, it would have been reasonable to assume that the device was a smartphone. It may still be one, of course, as that magnifying-glass symbol is probably where a Windows key should be, but your guess is as good as mine at this point.

Any ideas or a positive ID?

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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