updated 08:11 am EDT, Thu June 7, 2012
Clamcase Clambook docks with smartphones
Clamcase has taken the covers off its forthcoming Clambook for iPhone and Android devices. Flaunting MacBook Air-like design cues, the new peripheral follows in the footsteps of the Motorola Lapdock that use the brains of a smartphone to provide a larger workstation from which they can transform their smartphone functionality into something akin to a notebook. Although it is compatible with Apple’s iPhone connecting over USB via 30-pin cable, it incorporates MHL technology that is of most benefit to Android users.
To that end, Clamcase has also fitted dedicated Android buttons to the Clambook as well as allowing Android 4.0 users the ability to swipe, two-finger scroll, pinch and zoom through their smartphones. The MHL port functionality also allows Android users who have the port on their device the ability to simultaneously charge it when docked. Motorola users will be the most to benefit as it will launch their devices into baked-in desktop mode giving them access to Firefox, the Gmail Web app and on-screen dialler.
iPhone users will benefit from the Clambook, although to a lesser extent. As with Android users, they will enjoy viewing movies in a 16:9 ratio, removing the black bars from the bottom and top of many movies. Games like Real Racing 2 will also allow iPhone users to be able to use it as a motion controller with a second display, just like when using the game over HDMI or AirPlay.
Clamcase has not offered any further details on the Clambook at this time, other than to say that it will launch Holiday 2012.