Bill Gates is supposedly planning to show prototypes and products that build on the Tablet PC concept at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference today. Apparently due to be demonstrated are a number of new products, including a tablet-style computer that would be about as thin as 10 sheets of paper, with a screen that measures about 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall. Now I could do with one of those, even if I didn’t do anything with it and merely kept it for the bragging factor.

It would weigh about 1 to 2 pounds, with a built-in camera, wireless capabilities, microphone and all-day battery life. The target price would be about $500 to $800.

It's a device that could be on the market within a few years, said Neil Charney, director of product management for Windows on PCs. The idea is to get hardware companies thinking about making such devices.