Voltron of Computers Combines Phone, Tablet, and Keyboard Into One

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Always Innovating's Smart Book breaks the traditional netbook into pieces. A touchscreen VoIP phone, a tablet, and a keyboard. Use them apart, or combine them into a full-powered device when you have to. Buy one device, carry what you need.

As if hardware transformation on the fly weren't clever enough, the Smart Book includes a switch they say will instantly swap OSes. That's right—click bewteen Android, Chrome, Ubuntu, or their own AIOS. And underneath all this design sophistication is some decent hardware muscle—an ARM Cortex-A8 processor (speed unspecified), 512 MB of RAM, and 256 MB of built-in flash storage, along with the usual 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

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The whole scheme is a bit extravagant, and probably not a dream device for someone seeking simplicity—and the whole "dude on a couch" aesthetic doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the train out of vaporwareville. But Always Innovating is taking pre-orders for the whole system at $549, so if the novelty (and potential functionality) appeal to you, maybe take a wait and see stance here. [Always Innovating via CrunchGear]

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btw i totally tipped you on this a few hours after it popped up on their website. if i had had a star, you might have gotten to it even before crunch!