Fuel cell powered tablets, sounds interesting but what’s the advantage over a regular battery? Apparently it’s just a prototype and there’s not much to see really. So why am I posting it? Well I guess because it’s a good idea, the whole fuel cell thing and the fact that they’re offering decent spec’d Win7 tablets for $600. Certainly something I’m going to be watching to see how it all turns out.
Fluid Computer Systems has unveiled the first fuel cell powered Windows 7 Tablet PC. The CEO, Aaron Henry, and COO, Todd Miller, are attending the Consumer Electronics show this week with the "Fuel Cell Powered" tablet prototype in tow. People will be able to follow updates to their progress at the company’s website, http://www.fluidTablets.com, or follow them on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fluidtablets). They will be filming a micro documentary at CES 2011 highlighting their transition from self-funded startup to early-stage business. The video will be available on the company website.
CEO Aaron Henry remarked, "Thanks to our partnership with NuMeridian out of San Diego and parts they supplied from Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies we were able to assemble a working prototype of the first fuel cell powered tablet. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to secure a booth at CES 2011, so we will be testing the prototype as we walk the show. We will be filming a micro documentary of our CES 2011 experience while showcasing the prototype."
Fluid Computer Systems sold out of their first limited production of the Fluid Stream model tablets in December of 2010, just in time for Christmas. The new models will be faster and have better battery life at the same $599 cost. Rumor has it the new models will include 4G capability.
When asked if the 4G rumor was true, Mr. Henry replied, "All I can say is negotiations with Telispire PCS to offer Sprint 4G/3G data plans on our PC Tablets are going very well. We also expect to offer Verizon data plans soon. The true goal of Fluid Computer Systems is to pack all the features a college student needs into our Windows 7 PC tablets without increasing the cost. Students have enough to deal with since college and university rates are increasing throughout the country."
About Fluid Computer Systems
Fluid Computer Systems is a Las Vegas-based company founded by Aaron Henry and Todd Miller. Currently Fluid Computer Systems offers the least expensive Windows 7-based tablet on the market, at $599 without compromising on quality. This may change after CES 2011, but for now they have the best price for the specifications. Fluid Computer Systems is currently entertaining another round of funding, possibly from Silicon Valley, but no funding has been confirmed yet.