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This Computer Could Replace Your Office Whiteboard

Typlet T1S, business computers The Typlet T1S will come with either Windows or Android installed.

LAS VEGAS - Tired of wiping off the whiteboard in your office's conference room? The Typlet T1S is a Windows (or Android) computer that can project its screen onto any nearby wall, while using infrared sensors to track touch inputs. With the right app, it can create a 90-inch digital drawing surface in your conference room, essentially rendering your old whiteboard obsolete. It will be available later this year for about $700.

I had a chance to check out the TS1 at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas this week, and was pleasantly surprised to find that touch input felt responsive and accurate on a small screen projected onto a table. During the demo, I tapped around inside the Android operating system, launching apps and jotting down a few words inside the Google Keep note taking app.



Business users will probably be more interested in the TS1's ability to project a larger virtual screen onto any wall. Of course, plenty of projectors can do that, but none of those devices let you use touch input to draw and navigate by touching the projection. It's worth pointing out that that you'll need to use a digital stylus to control a screen projected onto a vertical wall, since the TS1's infrared sensors don't reach far enough to provide accurate control without it.

It's easy to imagine plenty of ways for workers to use the Typlet TS1. In the office, you can use it for presentations, or as a digital whiteboard. In a public setting or storefront, businesses could use it as an interactive kiosk.

You'll be able to order the Typlet TS1 with either Windows or Android installed later in 2017, though Typlet wasn't able to provide an exact release date. Both models will project images with a relatively low resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which is a bit disappointing considering the system's relatively steep $700 price tag. Still, it might we worth it to send your old dry erase markers to the trash can.

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.