asus memic Asus MeMic for the Eee Pad MeMO revealed

With tablets being all the rage these days, one of the biggest problems is not connectivity, but rather making voice calls. No-one wants to hold a 7-inch+tablet to the side of their face, as it simply just makes you look stupid. Asus has come up with what looks like a very reasonable solution to the problem with its MeMic which is a Bluetooth “handset” that connects to its Eee Pad MeMO tablet and handles voice calls.

With tablets being all the rage these days, one of the biggest problems is not connectivity, but rather making voice calls. No-one wants to hold a 7-inch+tablet to the side of their face, as it simply just makes you look stupid. Asus has come up with what looks like a very reasonable solution to the problem with its MeMic which is a Bluetooth “handset” that connects to its Eee Pad MeMO tablet and handles voice calls.

The MeMic is about the size of a traditional candy bar phone, albeit without a keypad and with a translucent display, much like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness. The display is for caller ID information and most likely also for things like navigating contact lists etc, although it's not quite clear how it all works at the moment, as the units on display at CeBIT didn't actually work.

asus memic Asus MeMic for the Eee Pad MeMO revealed

The MeMic can also work like a more traditional Bluetooth headset if you attach a wired headset to it, as it has a 3.5mm jack in the bottom. It's charged via a micro USB port and there's a little hole for a lanyard at the bottom so you can hang it around your neck if you so wish. On the front it has a call and end call/power button, a back button and what appears to be a four-way navigation pad with a select button in the middle. In addition to handling calls, the MeMic will also allow you to stream music over Bluetooth and control media playback functionality of the tablet.

The MeMic is said to be bundled with Asus' 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO when it arrives sometime in June this year and we'd expect it to launch at Computex, since this is Asus home show. It's not clear if the MeMic will be bundled with all models of the MeMO, nor has Asus said if it'll sell the MeMic on its own or if it'll be possible to use it with other Android devices, but we're sure more details will trickle out this week at CeBIT.

Source: Engadget