"Pretty much, the fate of the prototype rests with the response we get," he said. "Normally, the lightweight mobile PC is for the businessman because he always carries a mobile PC and handset. This should reach beyond the businessman. This is quite unique."
The prototype, called the Ultra Mobile PC, is the size of a CD case when it's folded up. Then the user flips open an 8-inch display screen, just like he or she would on a normal laptop. But at this stage, the keyboard still is hidden. The user then flips open the keyboard, lifting it from left to right to open it up. When it's open, the keyboard will be about 16 inches wide, said Nemoto, who added that designers have been working on this for about a year.
This sounds pretty interesting. Most ultra-small notebooks are still a bit too big to carry them with you all the time but something the size of a CD case would be a lot easier to carry with you.