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23/6 Mobile PC
Fujitsu, Japan
  • Year
  • 2005
  • Type
  • Product Concept

Contemporary lifestyles blur the spheres of work and leisure, public and private. The 23/6 Mobile PC responds to this fact by accommodating our needs for always-on wireless connectivity, information access, processing power, entertainment, flexibility and mobility. The 23/6 is a ultra compact Windows PC, with a footprint slightly bigger than a CD case. Not meant as a "workhorse" mobile device, such as a traditional laptop, it nevertheless handles standard professional applications comfortably. It has a 7" OLED screen and a 16mm pitch folding keyboard with integrated trackpad and includes a standard DVD drive.

The 23/6 Mobile PC allows us to seamlessly connect our multiple activities by providing pervasive computation in a compact, comfortable to use and stylish manner. The concern for portability paired with usability and usefulness led to the unique configuration where multi-modal usage is supported by a physical transformation of the device. Opening the screen presents the entertainment/gaming modes, unfolding the keyboard presents the computing/communications modes. The screen is big enough for enjoying feature length movies, yet small enough to fit within the CD-sized footprint. The folding keyboard allows compact size, while providing an almost standard keyboard for typing comfort. The proportion - atypical for mobile computers - achieves a shift in perception of a mobile PC to a true cross-over device. Material and finish give it the object quality of personal luxury goods. The design's precision feel naturally induces the sense of handling a precious object.

Press & Awards
iF Product Design Award, Germany, 2007
Fujitsu Ultra Mobile PC
PC Magazine
Future Gear, March 2007
Monitor Unlimited #41
antenna design > 23/6, March 2007
Surface #63
Tech: In the Fold - 23/6 Mobile PC, January/February 2007