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SpecTech: New tablet looks similar to Wii U controller

               Happy Valentine’s Day! Or Single’s Awareness Day! Whichever mane you prefer.  Let’s talk tech.

Another gaming tablet was announced that looks much like the Wii U controller or the PlayStation Vita.

The Wikipad has been around for about a year in concept form.  It has finally been reviled as a 7-inch, Android 4.1 tablet.  It has the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.  It also features a controller mount to place the tablet in and use traditional controls.  It will launch this spring with a price tag of $249.

A 10-inch model is supposedly still in the works.

Have you ever been at a restaurant and needed to charge your phone, but there is no wall port for your charger?  Well, a Kickstarter project could help if it materializes.

The Epiphany One Puck looks like a thick drink coaster, but it has a USB port for your phone.  If you place a hot or cold drink on the coaster, it will use its Stirling engine to charge your phone!

If it reaches its $100,000 goal, it will launch in March of 2014.  People who donate will get it for $99 while the full price would be $115.

Taiwanese electronics company, ASUS has been everywhere as of late with tablets.

The newest rumor is that ASUS will debut a Fonepad this month at the Mobile World Congress.

It will be a 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1, 1GB RAM, and an Intel Atom processor.  It is expected to be around the same price as the Google Nexus 7, which is also made by ASUS.

Lastly, the Microsoft Surface Pro has landed.

If you do not know what it is, it’s a tablet computer.  It runs Windows 8 and has an interesting touch cover.  I saw one at Best Buy that you can play with.

Check it out! It starts at $899 for the 64GB version.

Come back next week for more news!  The question this week is: would you ever use the charging drink coaster? Send your responses to smsetser@valdosta.edu

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