The Next Great Eee Gear

First it was just a single mini-notebook. And it was a hit. Then the Asus Eee PC quickly became a line of mini-notebooks, and models with bigger screens, larger keyboards, and faster processors multiplied to combat the onslaught of competitors coming out of the woodwork. Despite some gripes about escalating prices, the Eee PC brand shows no sign of stopping. That’s why ASUS is rolling out the Eee Box B202 (mini desktop), Eee Stick (Nintendo Wii-like controller), and the mysterious Eee Monitor, which looks like an all-in-one PC. But why stop there? Here’s how we think Eee should be pimped out next. Share your Eee gear ideas in the comment section. 1. The WheelEee Now that gas prices have surpassed four bucks per gallon, what the world needs is an electric car that will curb our dependence on foreign oil and help the environment bounce back. Like the Eee PC, the WheelEee 900 coupe is powered by a compact AC adapter and can run for up to five hours on a charge. The 1000H cross-over gets a little less mileage, but there’s plenty of room for the kids and all your stuff. 2. SuckEee Eat my dust, Dyson. This high-powered vacuum cleaner not only sucks up dog hair like nobody’s business, it eliminates the boredom commonly associated with household chores. A small Windows Sideshow LCD (borrowed from the ASUS W5fe) tells you when it’s time to empty the cup, and it displays a fresh RSS feed each time you pull the EeeSuck back toward you. This part of the machine detaches as a hand vac so you can stay up to date on the latest Eee-related news even while you’re cleaning your brand-new WheelEee. 3. MemorEee The MemorEee is a flash-based camcorder with the largest LCD in its class at a whopping 7 inches. All the controls are operated through the multi-touch screen, and you can upload your videos directly to YouTube through the camcorder and then watch them via the built-in Mozilla browser. It comes in two flavors: 4GB and 8GB. The best part: the pistol-grip barrel doubles as a kickstand so you can use the MemorEee as a digital photo/video frame. 4. The PhonEee ASUS’s first stab at the smart phone market for the U.S. was a bit of a letdown, and the ZX1 Lamborghini phone doesn’t look like much more than a midlife-crisis handset, but that’s all going to change with the Linux-based PhonEee. Sort of like an Eee PC in miniature, this unlocked white or black clamshell looks like LG’s enV2 but borrows the mini-notebook’s intuitive tab-based interface. See ya, Windows Mobile! 5. CrankEee Going green is fashionable these days, so why not ditch the traditional battery and outfit your Eee PC with a cool crank option to give your mini-notebook the juice it needs? This accessory is great for taking your Eee on camping trips, and 5 continuous minutes of cranking provides 30 minutes of battery life. The CrankEee also comes with tips to power all of the above gear as well as other mini-notebooks, cell phones, MP3 players, and more. Not compatible with the XO laptop.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Avram Piltch Says:

    ASUS needs to make the PottEee, the world’s first multi-flush toilet. With a touchpad instead of a lever, the PottEee sucks in waste products when you pinch and turns into warm-water shooting bidet if you move your fingers apart. The 92% seat should be fine for children and anorexics, but could be a literal pain in the butt for those with larger rears. Should be available in “Clorox White” and “Vanish Blue.”

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