We are at IDF 2015 in Shenzhen bringing you all the latest and greatest from Intel. There’s a lot to see, but we came across a very interesting reference design laptop that carries a secondary E-Ink display. If it sounds familiar, that is because this happens to be the evolution to a prototype we checked out at IDF 2014 in San Francisco.
This is no minor upgrade either. Aside from looking completely different, this new reference design is based on Intel’s new Skylake micro architecture. The device also comes with a RealSense camera, which should allow for depth perception and things like pupil tracking. It also sports a touchscreen with a 2560x1440p resolution. This bad boy can even flip around into tablet mode and features wireless charging.
This is quite an awesome computer, but the real star here is really the E-Ink display on the back of the device. If you take a look at our hands-on coverage of the previous generation, you will see that this secondary screen is very interactive and helpful. You can put images in it, as well as using functional apps and even using it as an E-Reader.
You will probably never be able to buy this product, but that is because Intel is approaching this as a work in progress. This laptop is made for developers, so they can look into innovating on this platform. This means that you could see something similar in the future, especially if developers take interest in these capabilities.
For now all we can do is marvel oer what Intel Skylake can do. Developers can go ahead and try to get their hands on one of these, though. Just access Intel’s Develper Zone website for more details.