AlessiTab – Italian design firm releasing tablet computer

AlessiTab tablet computer, running Android 2.1

Alessi, makers of some very nice, and quite pricey, stainless steel and plastic designer kitchenware, are getting into the computer tablet market, with the AlessiTab.

The AlessiTab will run on Android 2.1, and features a 10.1″ capacitive touchscreen. The tablet will receive digital terrestrial TV, web TV and web radio, and with its inbuilt webcam, video calling is an option.The kitchen features in one aspect of the AlessiTab’s design, setting the screen at a 30 degree angle set the device up to display recipes (see below the details of the recipe app).

It’s designed by long-time Alessi designer, Stefano Giovannoni, responsible for such products as the Lilliput Salt & Pepper Set with Magnetic Base, and the Magic Bunny Toothpick Holder. The AlessiTab will be manufactured by Promelit.

AlessiTab tablet computer, running Android 2.1Danilo Marchiori, President of Promelit, says of the AlessiTab:

“The idea was to develop a contemporary instrument such as the Tablet, but to use it in another way, turning it into the focal point of advanced household communications in the third millennium. We believe that this product, more than any other and perhaps uniquely, perfectly summarizes technology and our attachment to our homes.

The idea was to develop a contemporary instrument such as the Tablet, but to use it in another way, turning it into the focal point of advanced household communications in the third millennium. We believe that this product, more than any other and perhaps uniquely, perfectly summarizes technology and our attachment to our homes.

Apps

Standard apps chosen for the AlessiTab include:

  • real time news updates from news agency ANSA
  • weather services from Epson
  • recipes from the Cucchiaio d’Argento recipe book published by Editoriale Domus
  • 13,000 radio stations from all over the world via the Radiotime application
  • nutritional information from the INRAN Institute

Alessi don’t give any more details regarding apps, but what is not mentioned is the Android Market, so it looks like a limited set of apps will be available.

Video of the AlessiTab

AlessiTab price and release date

The AlessiTab is due for a November release date in Italy, and will sell for 399 Euros.

AlessiTab tablet computer, running Android 2.1

Specifications

    • Capacitive touchscreen display 10.1″
    • Auto-rotation with gravitational sensor
    • Google Android Operating System v. 2.1
    • 1GB internal memory
    • Battery life: 6 hours
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
    • DVB-T with detachable antenna
    • Integrated camera and microphone
    • HD support with HDMI output
    • USB / SD card
    • Rechargeable battery
    • Digital photo frame
    • Widgets (news, weather, recipes, clock, alarm, timer)
    • Software update via network (OTA)

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