Sony has unveiled its VAIO E Series 14, not quite an ultrabook but not letting that stop it offer gesture control and 7hr runtime. Measuring in at 22.4mm thick, the 1366 x 768 notebook runs Intel’s Core i3-2350M processor paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics with 1GB of dedicated VRAM. It features a new “wrap-around” design and comes in a range of colour schemes, including white, pink and black.
The 1.3-megapixel Exmor HD webcam can be used for video calls, obviously, but also with Gesture Control: holding up your hand in front of the camera and moving around controls certain apps, Minority Report style. Swiping left or right moves through webpages or photo galleries, while pulling your hand down pauses music playback or a slideshow; adjusting music volume up or down can be done with ‘rotate’ movements. However, so far Gesture Control is only supported by Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer 9, PowerPoint and PowerDVD.