First hand impressions of SmartDisplays

Gizmodo pointed me to an article on smart displays @ny times circuits section.
That reminded me of an older article on smart displays @the feature. I really like the idea behind them (although i think i’m rather the tablet-type), but with all the shortcomings mentioned in those two articles i highly doubt i’ll be an early adopter.

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Most stylish PDA ever?

Gizmodo mentions that dan gillmore predicts a pda from apple in 2003. I don’t think that this is gonna happen and consider those predictions nothing more than wild dreams (although i would love one, too). But the last sentence really caught my attention: “…, expect Apple to come out with the best designed and most stylish PDA ever.”
My first thought was that it’s simply impossible to beat the palm v design, but then i tried to imagine how great it would be if apple managed to create a better design anyway. That would be an eyecatcher! Now my desire for an apple pda is greater than ever.

Fortune telling time!

First, Brighthand’s predictions for 2003 are up! I especially like their thoughts on pocketpcs, cause i really hope their xp-instead-of-ce-predictions will come true sooner than later. If linux performs so well on xscale (as seen on sharps zaurus), why shouldn’t windows? With 400 mhz cpus, 64 mb ram and high-res screens those could place very well among the low-weight, high batterylife, ultramobile tabletpc-sector.
Second, the feature is looking ahead to 2003. Rather market-centered, but worth a read.
Third you can enjoy Mike Cane’s 2003 Palm OS Predictions @PIC. I personally only consider prediction #4, #8 and #11 realistic, but imho a true global palmos device as mentioned in #11 is not really desirable or necessary, just a waste of precious memory.
Perhaps i should boot up my crystalball, too, and share my thoughts, hopes and desires for 2003.

OQO anywhere?

There’s a nice article on the oqo and ibm’s mobile computer core concept @brighthand. Imho those designs are very promising and i would love to see them pop up soon. Perhaps with broader acceptance of the tablet concept they could really get a boost, since tablets are more or less aiming in the same direction.
I also enjoyed the vaporware 2002 list (@wired) mentioned in that article. Oqo made #4, congrats!

Preview of new WindowsCE smartphone @infoSync

There’s a preview of a new windowsce smartphone named n1 neonode @infoSync. Remarkable is that it is extremely small, features an integrated digicam and is not based on microsofts smartphone os, but a newly developed os based on windowsce and developed by neonode. Furthermore, it features a touchscreen, which are not supported by microsofts smartphone os.

Is this a laptop?

Imagine that: a device with svga touchscreen (640×480), powered by linux, that weighs in at 225g and measures 120 x 83 x 18,6 mm? And all that for $700? Sounds like the perfect laptop? Perhaps, but actually it’s classified as pda, not laptop.
The device mentioned above is the sharp zaurus sl-c700, and although the device is currently only released in japan, dynamism aims to bring it to the united states within the next few weeks and with a localized os. This little gadget might show how powerful mobile computing has become over the last few years. With the power of a 400mhz xscale-cpu, a very flexible os and a weight far beyond any mininotebook-competitors (and imho, this is rather mininotebook than pda) this device could be a major threat to mininotebook and (more important) tablet-pc manufacturers, heck, even classic pc design paradigms. I really consider purchasing one, cause it’s about exactly what i was looking for and additionally, it’s highly affordable. A true roadwarriors dream-device!