Origami Report: Saturday, March 4th 2006

Several interesting posts today:

  • ActiveNick has a lot to say. He’s under NDA, but he talks about the priorities Microsoft revealed, on the record, in February. (his 2/13/06 post is great, too!)
  • Martin of Tablet UML News reports that he knows something, but he’s under NDA.
  • Paul Mooney has notes from a Microsoft presentation (presumably the same presentation that ActiveNick saw in February). Good stuff!
  • Scoble and Dennis Rice are trying to manage their own expectations. I’m definitely guilty of pinning all kinds of hopes and dreams on this thing.

I’ve given a little more thought to what I want out of the device.

  • 1 GB of Ram (or expandable to that)
  • 30 GB Hard Drive
  • Docking Station with SVGA out or SVGA out on the unit
  • PCMCIA slot
  • Touch screen that works with fingers. Don’t laugh – some screens only respond to a special stylus.
  • Wifi, Bluetooth
  • Ethernet port
  • At least one USB port
  • $900 or less
  • Gyro sensors
  • Basic 3d graphics
  • Basic protective case
  • At least 1024 pixels in longest edge of the screen
  • Screen rotation – portrait / landscape
  • Available in March or April

What am I willing to give up?

  • Kick butt 3d graphics
  • Battery life – I can live with 3 hours
  • Ultra high resolution stylus input with pressure and tilt sensing
  • Buttons
  • SD/CF slots
  • Built-in VGA port
  • Built-in camera
  • Built-in microphone
  • IR
  • S-Video Out
  • CD/DVD drive – leave it out of the unit and the docking station

You can see other posts about Origami on my blog here.

6 responses to “Origami Report: Saturday, March 4th 2006”

  1. Steve Paine says :

    Hello John

    I agree with your specs apart from the 1024-wide display.

    I’ve just published an update to my carrypad journal including an overview of the market segment I think Origami should be in. IMHO 1024-wide screen is not ideal. It also needs some sort of keyboard input to succeed.




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