Self-righteous AlwaysUp device: the TopNote from Above-Net

TopnoteOops. It’s a "self-righting" device, not a "self-righteous" one. Above-Net presented their TopNote prototype at the recent Embedded Systems Conference, and expects device availability after September of this year. The TopNote is a Windows CE 5.0 device, not to be confused with a Windows Mobile handheld, and has some interesting specs. In fact, if you took some features of a small Tablet PC and mashed them with some Windows Mobile specs, you’d have something similar to the TopNote. The touchscreen unit is available in either 6.4" VGA or 5.7" QVGA resolution and is powered by an 600 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 CPU. Additional features include: optional cellular radio (CDMA / GSM / GPRS), WiFi, Bluetooth, SDIO slot and USB ports.

One of the most interesting aspects of the TopNote is the ability to auto-orient the screen depending on how the device is held. Thanks to an accelerometer in my Toshiba Portege M205, I have a similar function and it’s one I use daily. Need to flip from portrait to landscape? Simply turn the device 90-degrees and the screen will magically change orientation; quite a handy feature. The TopNote appears to be a device in search of a purpose and an OEM; could you see any uses for this in your mobile day? Full specs on the TopNote appear after the jump.

(via Windows For Devices)

    .Operating system: Windows CE.NET 5.0, real-time OS.
    .Processor: Intel PXA270 XScale 32-bit RISC 600 Mhz.
    .Memory: RAM: 64 MB (128 MB Optional) On-board flash: 32 MB
    (64MB Optional)


  .Reversible with Always UPTM display technology for easy viewing
  by merchant and customer, crystal clear bright 6.4”(diagonal) TFT
  color LCD 640×480 pixels and 262,144 colors. Optional 5.7”(diagonal)
  color QVGA (320×240)


Data Entry
.5 wire touch panel over the display for pen and touch input.
.Mini Joystick For easy and comfortable use.
.Optional USB keyboard and mouse.


    .Stereo audio output, with embedded loudspeakers and connectors
    for external loudspeakers and microphone input.


  .Up to 6 serial RS-232C.
  .2 USB host.
  .1 USB client.
  .2 PCMCIA slot type II.
  .1 SDIO Slot .1 Ethernet 10/100 BaseT.
  .Wireless 802.11b.
  .IrDA Interface.


.Device 12 Volts, 1.5 Amp DC..
                              .Battery powered – Lithium Ion – up to 8 hours continuous operation.

                            Supported software applications include:
                            .Pocket Internet Explorer, for web surfing.
                            .Inbox e-mail client.
                            .Wordpad Rich-Text Editor.
                            .Windows Media Player.
                            .Power Point Viewer.
                            .PDF file viewer.
                            .Image Viewer.
                          .Transcriber/Caligrapher written text recognizer, for simple text
                            .Embedded on-screen keyboard.
                            .Microsoft Messenger.
                            .Virtual Private Network (VPN) access (PPTP).
                            .Advanced Microsoft CE.NET development environment simplifies
                            new application development.


Development environment
  .Familiar Microsoft CE.NET API and environment allows the
  development of new applications by the customer.
  .NET Compact Framework, allows the development of managed
  applications using C# and Visual Basic.NET.


Special Features
  .Always UPTM display technology. (Patent Pending).


Optional Features
.Visual security screen.
.CF Card Flash Memory.

.Card Reader - Contactless: Mifare ISO14443-2, Type A, distance
approximately  0.8” (2 cm).
.802.11 b or g wireless card.

.GPS, for tracking and mapping. Coupled with the GSM/GPRS allows
enhanced tracking and security for fleet and mobile operations


Supported peripherals and devices include:
      .Bar code scanners.
      .CDMA, GSM/GPRS, for remote Internet and network access.
      .CF card V.90 modems.