Secondary displays aren't a new sector; for just over a year now,
select companies have been offering smaller, USB-connected displays
that help give desktop and notebook owners a little bit of extra screen
space, and given that these are mobile, you can tote them easily and
use them on multiple computers. MEDL Technology is really amping things
up, though. Most others have been sized between 5" and 9", but this
company's new USB monitor checks in at a whopping 13".
Of course, 'The Panel' is just a prototype today, but it's getting a
lot of attention around the tech world. At IDG's DEMO conference in Palm Springs, California, 'The Panel' made its debut. It's considered a
and durable portable display, weighing just 2.2lbs. and giving users
on-the-go a ton of new pixels to add chat windows, spreadsheets or
anything else onto. It's compatible with Mac OS X or Windows machines,
and it gets all of the signal it needs through a standard USB 2.0 port.
The resolution is set at WXGA, and the built-in battery will last up to
five hours. The company claims that it can also be used for portable
gaming with non-portable consoles; the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii are all
supported (as is anything that outputs via composite). We're hoping
this one inches beyond the prototype stage and goes on sale--imagine
getting a netbook for portability, and throwing this in when possible
in order to expand the screen size available to you.