Hewlett-Packard Co unveiled its first tablet computer that uses smart phone pioneer Palm's technology on Wednesday - a skinny black gadget that the companies believe will help them catch up with Apple Inc's immensely popular iPad.
Jon Rubinstein, head of HP's Palm unit, showed off the TouchPad at a media event in San Francisco. It will run the same webOS operating software as Palm's Pre and Pixi smart phones.
"Today marks an important new beginning," Rubinstein said as he prepared to introduce the tablet and two new smart phones that will also use webOS, a business-geared version of the Pre called the Pre 3 and a tiny Pre-like smart phone called the Veer.
Image: A demonstration of the sync capabilities of the Palm Pre3 and the Palm TouchPad are shown on a screen shot during the company's webOS presentation at the Herbst Pavilion at the Fort Mason Centre in San Francisco February 9, 2011.