Some people might say that the netbook market is starting to get a little stagnant, but you don’t have to look any further than the Sharp Mebius NJ70A to find a huge splash of innovation.
Sure, another netbook may have a multi-touch trackpad, but the Mebius NJ70A takes it several steps further, replacing the conventional trackpad with a small LCD display instead. This secondary screen has an optical sensor, working just like how a regular trackpad would work, but it can be used to show off all sorts of secondary applications.
For example, the trackpad can be transformed into a touch-based piano, complete with the appearance of the virtual keys. On a slightly more productive note, the trackpad can change into a touch-based calculator. Under regular circumstances, it’ll do what a regular trackpad does… only better.
Aside from the LCD trackpad, the Sharp Mebius NJ70A is pretty conventional with its Atom N270 processor, 10.1-inch screen, Intel 945GSE Express chipset, 160GB HDD, and built-in webcam. I’m thinking this will largely be Japan-only, but you could try importing it to totally one-up your Eee and Wind-touting buddies.