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News Week of September 29, 2002

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Tablet PC Talk Exclusive Screenshots: Journal, Sticky Notes, Student Book, Pool Game...


Posted Saturday, October 5, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 3


Everything but inky fingers

Janet Rae-Dupree of the US News and World Report takes a look at the Zinio magazine technology, which (I predict) will play a big role in the Tablet PC space...

“Readers want to feel that they’re actually reading a magazine,” says Mike Edelhart, president and CEO of Zinio. “We even show the page turning as they browse along.” The experience could get even more lifelike once subscribers can read their magazines on a Tablet PC. These svelte, notepad-size computers, to be introduced next month, can swap screen orientations from landscape to portrait to match the dimensions of a standard magazine page.”

Business 2.0 calls Zinio “Acrobat-on-steroids” - Magazines include: Pocket PC Magazine / PC Magazine / Traveler / Technology Review / eWEEK / GamePro / PC World / SQL Server / Windows & .NET / e-Pro / InfoWorld / iSeries News / Design News / Rotor & Wing / Network World

Other similar technologies are: NewsStand, qMags and Microsoft’s eMerging Technologies ePeriodicals group.
Posted Saturday, October 5, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 4


Microsoft, Acer to launch Tablet PC

“The Acer group announced...that its CEO, Stan Shih, and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will jointly launch the TravelMate C100 Convertible Tablet PC, a combination of a traditional notebook computer and a Tablet PC, in New York on Nov. 7. Over 300 CEOs of international enterprises will be invited to the launch to use the new model, which has a handwriting recognition feature. “The TravelMate C100 Convertible Tablet PC realizes my dream of making computers for computer laymen to use,” said Shih. This model also appeals to the people without any traditional computer input skills. “People can write on the computer screen with a plastic pen,” Shih explained. (Source: The China Post)
Posted Saturday, October 5, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2.38


The Lineup

Acer TravelMate C102t and C102i
Tatung - Tangy 830
Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000
Viewsonic V1100
InnoLabs Evtia 2000
Electrovoya Scribbler
WalkAbout Computers Rugged Tablet PC
HP/Compaq Evo
Toshiba Protege
Motion Computing Tablet PC
PaceBlade Pacebook
Legend Tablet PC
FIC (Thunder and Crystal)
• NEC Tablet PC
Compal (China’s Legend and Motion Computing)
Research Machines PLC
Sotec Tablet “AFiNA Tablet”
Wistron Corporation
Xplore Technologies Corporation
Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Tablet PC Summit Video Presentations

Advance notice, hitting on Oct. 6th, Tablet PC presentations; avail at InfoCater (will also be mirrored on Tablet PC Talk)

“Geoff Palmer, the President of InfoCater moderated a session about Tablet PC’s at Planet PDA in San Francisco on September 24, 2002. Participants included InfoCater, Acer, ViewSonic, and Pen & Internet. We are gathering materials from the presenters and all of the materials...will be available by October 6.”

• Jeanne Flatland, Director of Marketing, Acer
• Dan Coffman, Senior Product Manager, ViewSonic
• Dr. Leonid Kitainik, Pen & Internet, General Manager
• Geoff Palmer, President, InfoCater


Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Two Tablets

As the countdown to Nov. 7 starts, two previous IT Week hardware reviews...fyi.

ViewSonic Tablet PC V1100
Acer Travelmate 100

IT Week Commentary and Analysis...
Will tablet PCs be the right mobile medicine?
Comment: Tablets may be hard to swallow
Tablets target business users
Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Acer swivels in with Tablet PC

“Although Microsoft's original design for the Tablet PC looked like a thick clipboard, Acer is hedging its bets by combining a Tablet PC screen with a standard notebook. The screen opens in the normal way, like a clam shell, but it can then be rotated through 180 degrees and laid back flat, screen uppermost, over the keyboard to provide a writing surface. Jessica Figueras, an analyst at Ovum, said she does not expect to see sales of the Tablet PC boom but believes it will gradually find a niche as suitable applications are developed. “It is not just the device that buyers have to think about but also the pen-enabled software,” she explained.

“I can see applications in retail, in hospitals and on the factory floor where information is currently written on a clipboard and then typed into a computer. These processes will have to be translated into computer applications.” (Source: Computer Weekly - CW360)
Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Making the tablet easy to swallow

Chris Green with a very nice summary of the Tablet PC concept...

“The computer industry has been looking for a replacement for the desktop computer since the day the first IBM PC rolled off the production line in 1981. The limitations of the heavy beige box were soon apparent, and so the first laptops were born...But the laptop remains cumbersome, making it unsuitable for use while walking around, for example. This limitation has given rise to a further device - the personal digital assistant (PDA)...While they do have their place, PDAs are unsuitable for sustained periods of working because of their small displays, and because general readability and data input are awkward for those unfamiliar with the devices...Enter the tablet...” (Source: Chris Green, vnunet.com)
Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Tablet PC to take 20% of Acer’s notebook shipments

“At a press conference on October 3, Microsoft Taiwan’s general manager joined top executives from Acer to promote the TravelMate C100 Tablet PC. Acer aims to ship one Tablet PC for every four notebook computers it ships. In mid-September, Campbell Kan, head of Acer’s notebook product line, estimated that Acer would ship 150,000 to 200,000 Tablet PCs next year. Company chairman Stan Shih noted that Acer is the only company thus far able to make large-scale shipments of own-brand Tablet PCs. With support from Microsoft, he added, Tablet PCs will help Acer boost its brand recognition...” (Source: Walson Hu and Chinmei Sung, DigiTimes)

Acer, Microsoft to launch Tablet PC on Nov 7
Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


Tablet PCs bristle with techno-temptations

Hyped?? The concept would be more ecstatically giddy... :)

“Hyped about the imminent arrival of the Tablet PC? Anxious to be the first in your office to apply pen to screen in your very next meeting? Ready to scribble away electronically on your next plane to Bangkok? If you are, you’re a breed apart. Either you’re an early-adopter road warrior, or a meeting-every-hour office dweller (corridor warrior to Microsoft) or a mobile worker with a lot of standard forms to fill out...” (Source: Peter Wilson, Vancouver Sun)
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


Tablet PC Launch

In response to the myriad of emails...Nov. 7th, NYC. The bad news? Not open to the public. The Launch is an tight invite-only event, shades of the White House Correspondents Dinner, hottest ticket in town. The Ink’ed email went (or is going out) from Gates himself today. If going, please take a digital camera and send us TONS of pictures and news. :)
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Wireless Networking Hits Home Stretch

“Microsoft is scheduled to unveil a tablet PC operating system and associated laptop-style devices with Wi-Fi connectivity in November. That move could prompt a rise in sales of wireless home networking systems beginning this holiday season and a surge by the end of 2003, Ro said. Golvin agreed that Microsoft's entry into the market will have a huge impact on wireless home networking. “They have put together a package that bundles wireless access points and cards and makes installation much easier for consumers,” he said. (Source: Wireless News Factor)
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


E-learning grid is leading the way

“...A delegation of senior education inspectors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate visited Telford’s Learning Lab to see some of the centre's ground-breaking technology projects. The highlight of the visit was the opportunity to examine what is heralded as the next step from the notebook, the “tablet PC”....The device, on loan from Learning Lab member Research Machines, makes use of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and has a built-in wireless antenna in order to be connected to the school network or internet in a wire-free environment...”

“These devices are ideal for an educational environment,” said Steve Molyneux. “It was not until I let my 15-year-old niece loose with one at her school did I realise that these devices will not only appeal to the ‘techno-boys’ but will have an appeal across the board.” (Source: Shropshire Star, Shropshire and Mid Wales)
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


TruePen

Old news, but might be of interest...found on the newsgroups. (Source: William F. Adams)

“TruePen-World is a software tool-optimized for tablet computers - that uses the full power of the pen to enhance your existing applications. TruePen-World provides powerful features for your pen-computer : namely gestures and custom keyboards. These features enhance your applications without requiring any modification nor recompiling of the applications themselves. TruePen-World also turns a standard tablet computer into a user-friendly “WebPad” for navigating through Web sites and custom (intranet or extranet) applications with standard Internet Explorer or Netscape browsers.”

“TruePen-World was developed by STYLUS in partnership with Fujitsu PC Corporation, the world leading provider of Pen Computing solutions. TruePen-World should be used only: On a mobile Fujitsu PC pen computer, or Any fixed computer. The use of TruePen-World on a non-Fujitsu PC mobile computer is a license violation.”
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


1996 Aha! - History Rewind

“Microsoft is buying the Aha! Software Corporation, maker of pen-based programs for portable computers and Inkwriter software, which allows a users to write, edit, and transmit notes in their own handwriting. The acquisition is seen as a signal that Microsoft is committed to pen computing, especially as it can be applied to vertical market applications in which forms can be filled out by salespeople, inventory clerks, medical support staff, and other mobile workers.” (New York Times, April 9, 1996 C2)

“Actually, the application, temporarily called Microsoft Notebook, isn’t new at all. It’s an enhanced version of “InkWriter”, a program originally written by “Aha Software,” a company that Microsoft bought outright in 1996. InkWriter was shrink-wrapped pen software that was enjoying modest sales success; when Microsoft bought the company, the product disappeared from the marketplace.” - Geoff Walker in the Pen Computing July 2001 issue.

Handheld PC Features: InkWriter
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 3


Microsoft’s Office, Tablet PC pitcher

Charles Cooper of ZDNET interviews Microsoft’s Jeff Raikes....

“On a recent visit to CNET News.com, Raikes, with his Tablet PC in tow, explained the still unresolved technology issues surrounding handwriting recognition...”

I see you’ve brought your Tablet PC with you. Where you think the next generation of handwriting-recognition technology is heading? - “There’s going to be a big powwow in December with Bill (Gates) where we’re going to go through all this.”

What’s the profile of the person who you expect will use this stuff? - “Here's my theory. If you can get (a notebook) for about $1,800 with long battery life and high screen resolution, and for less than a 10 percent increment have your tablet (PC), I think a significant part of that market will find that a compelling value proposition.”
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Casio Introduces The New Cassiopeia Fiva MPC-701 Series of Pen Tablet Computers for Vertical Market Applications

Pray tell, why only Windows 2000? Tho the dual-battery 10 hour use and transflective TFT LCDs are nice touches...

“Casio...announced the Cassiopeia Fiva MPC-701 Series of Pen Tablet Computers for vertical market applications that can be used in a wide range of environments both indoors and out. The Cassiopeia Fiva MPC-701 Series is equipped with features that permit reliable operation in varied environments. Equipped with a transflective TFT LCD and enjoying the benefits of both reflective and transmissive LCDs, the MPC-701M30E has an easy to read display by using external light without a backlight in a bright environment, or by using its built-in backlight when it is needed...This product can be used for ten hours maximum (operating time varies depending on use) with the low power consuming CPU running on the dual battery pack.”

• Transflective TFT LCD (MPC-701M30E): To be released in September 2002
• Transmissive TFT LCD (MPC-701M50E): To be released in December 2002

CPU - Transmeta Crusoe processor TM5800 800MHz
OS - Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2 (English Ver)
Main memory - 128MB (DDR-SDRAM) (standard) / Maximum 384MB
Battery - Lithium-ion battery x 2pcs
Weight - 3.1 Lbs./1,400 g (approx.)

(Source: Casio Inc. Press Release)
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2.33


Tatung Tablet PC - Tangy 830

Repost reminder per this Tablet PC...



Tatung Tablet PC Press Release
Tatung Tablet PC (Tatung Co. of Canada Inc.)
Tatung Press Room
Tatung News Headlines
Tatung Tablet PC - Tangy 830 Specs (PDF)
Tatung Successfully Developed Mira Smart Display Devices (Press Release)
Differentiation of Tablet PC & Web Pad (PDF)
Tatung Tablet PC - Tangy 830 Specs
Tatung Web Pad
Special Report from Tatung at WinHEC 2002 (PDF in a 1.04 meg zip file)

Tatung Tablet PC - Tangy 830
Processor - Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor - M, 800MHz, SpeedStep Supported Chipset - Intel 830MG
Graphics Chip - Internal: Intel 830MG; external Silicon Motion LynxEM+730 (optional)
Memory - 128MB PC133 on board
Storage - Notebook type HDD, 20 GB
Display - 10.4" XGA TFT, 16-bit colors
Networking - IEEE802.11b Wireless PC Card, 10/100 Ethernet (optional), V.90 Modem (optional), Bluetooth (optional)
Battery - 4-cell Li-Ion Battery Pack (4-hour)
Weight - 1.2 kg
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Microsoft Flexes Lobbying Muscle

“...Stepping directly into the middle of the contest, Microsoft chief technical officer Craig Mundie testified Tuesday morning before a panel of U.S. senators overseeing telecommunications policy. As the sole industry representative testifying among policy experts, Mundie told lawmakers that Washington should foster a wireless alternative to telephone and cable broadband offerings by making more spectrum available. However, the spectrum would not go to the large wireless carriers that typically bid for it at Federal Communications Commission auctions but instead would be available for unlicensed use by anyone.”

“...Emerging wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, WLANs, ultrawide band and software defined radios, offer the potential for deploying broadband connections directly to the consumer via small computing devices, Mundie said, urging lawmakers to prompt the FCC to allocate more spectrum for their use...” (Source: Caron Carlson, eWeek)
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


ScanSoft ASR-3200 Brings Advanced Speech Recognition Capabilities

“ScanSoft...unveiled the ASR-3200, a highly accurate and scalable speech recognition engine for adding voice control capabilities to automotive, mobile and PC applications. The ASR-3200 is backed by the ASR Embedded Development System, a new rapid development environment that reduces the time needed to integrate automatic speech recognition (ASR) into applications targeting Microsoft Windows 2000/XP, Windows CE and Windows CE for Automotive, as well as embedded Linux and QNX operating systems.”

“The ScanSoft ASR-3200 is a new speaker-independent recognition engine that meets the size and accuracy requirements for embedded automotive and navigation systems, yet can scale up to add voice-control capabilities to any Intel-based Pocket PC, PC and Tablet PC application. The ASR-3200 is a companion to the popular ScanSoft ASR-1600, the SAPI-5 reference solution shipped by Microsoft with Windows CE for Automotive. Enhancements in the ASR-3200 include improved accuracy, a scalable grammar capability, and expanded natural language understanding capabilities...” (Source: Press Release)
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Word Magic does Spanish for Motion Computing

“...Word Magic is a San Jose, Costa Rica-based software company that provides an English-to-Spanish interpreter. The program allows users to translate any documents from English to Spanish and vice versa. The software has an audio feature that reads translated documents to the user in either language...”

“We recently executed an agreement with Motion Computing Inc., an Austin-based company that manufactures the Tablet PC. Our software will be an optional feature of the Tablet PC.” (News Story Source: Ginger Cowles, The Austin American-Statesman)
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Interview Opportunity > Mapping Applications on Tablet PC?

Microsoft's MapPoint XML Web service looks like an interesting resource for Tablet PC developers.

http://www.microsoft.com/mappoint/net/

If you are using MapPoint to develop a mapping application for Tablet PC and are interested in participating in a story on Tablet PC Talk, please contact Fred Zimmerman, product editor -- wfz@tabletpctalk.com.
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by wmf
Rating: 3


A Toolkit for Informal Ink-based Applications

“Software support for making effective pen-based applications is currently rudimentary. To facilitate the creation of such applications, we have developed SATIN, a Java-based toolkit designed to support the creation of applications that leverage the informal nature of pens.”

Sample Apps:
DENIM, a sketch-based web site design tool created with SATIN
SketchySPICE is a simple logic circuit CAD tool intended as a proof-of-concept of some features in SATIN. Users can sketch AND, OR, and NOT gates, as well as wires connecting these gates.
Brainstorm - Create notes, draw in them, create links between them, put translucent notes over other notes, and set ad-hoc properties on notes.

SATIN - Documentation
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Acer and ViewSonic Tablet PCs in use...





All Pictures By Geoff Palmer, Copyright 2002
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 4


Write on

Requested repost, per the GCN Hardware Matrix...

“Tablet PCs will arrive late this year. Are they the next big thing or a future footnote?...What will distinguish Tablet PCs from ultraportable notebook computers or traditional pen-based machines is the new Microsoft OS. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition was built as a subset of Windows XP Professional and contains extensions that provide handwriting, digital ink and speech recognition capability. Accordingly, any true tablet PC you buy will have to include the following features: Digital pen input...Input panel...Microsoft Windows Journal...Handwriting recognition and conversion...Speech recognition...Document annotation...ClearType...Gestures...Microsoft’s Digital Ink technology...” (Source: J.B. Miles, Government Computer News)

GCN Tablet PC Hardware Specs Matrix (PDF)
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Acer takes Tablet to corporate space

“Acer has unveiled plans to use its Tablet PC products to break into the high-end corporate market with its large resellers, and hopes to double its number of reseller partners. At its partner event in Morocco the PC vendor showed off its TM C100 Tablet PC and said it will support big corporate resellers - with turnover of #50m or more - in the run-up to the formal launch of the Tablet PC in November. Scott Dodds, managing director of Acer UK, said: “We will use the Tablet products to give us a new role with that part of the channel. We are not going to move into a marketplace that we cannot support. The back-up will be there for things like Tablet PC.”

“Customers will not buy it off a spec sheet. You will want to play with it, because it is all about user experience.” [Scott Dodds]

(Source: Steve Ranger, Computer Reseller News)
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


ePeriodicals: Microsoft's Killer App for Tablet PC?

“Microsoft Corp. thinks it’s found a killer app for its Tablet PC: as a home for a new breed of electronic magazines. The software giant is prepping an end-to-end electronic publishing solution, known as ePeriodicals, which it will introduce at its Tablet PC launch in New York City on Nov. 7, according to sources. The technology is being developed by Microsoft's eMerging Technologies unit, which is part of the company’s Productivity and Business Services Group headed by Group Vice President Jeff Raikes. ePeriodicals comes out of the advanced reading team, the unit that has championed Microsoft’s ClearType online-font technology and the eBook Reader products...” (Source: Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch)
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


HP aims at 20% ultra-portable PC market share in Asia

“Hewlett-Packard (HP) aims to capture 20-40% of the Asia-Pacific notebook market, including 20% of the ultra-portable computer (Tablet PC, PDA and other small-size computing device) market, said Phil Devlin, product manager of HP’s Asia-Pacific region personal system group. Naila Seif, worldwide director of Tablet PC solutions for HP’s personal system group, noted that the company’s Tablet PCs are aimed at business professionals by using the professional edition of the Windows XP Tablet PC operating system rather than the home edition and are targeted at providing users with mobility and long battery life...” (Source: Walson Hu and Chinmei Sung, DigiTimes)
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


Acer


Jeanne Flatland, Director of Marketing, Acer Tablet PC Demo - Tablet PC Summit, Sep 24, 2002 at Planet PDA



All Pictures By Geoff Palmer, Copyright 2002
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Motion Computing


Harold Winkles, Business Development, with Motion Tablet PC - Tablet PC Summit, Sep 24, 2002 at Planet PDA.

Picture By Geoff Palmer, Copyright 2002
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


Tablet PC Hardware Comparison

NEW MENU ITEM - Chris De Herrera has put together an excellent hardware comparison guide for the Tablet PCs.

“This comparison is based on the specifications that have been discussed publicly and may change until the units ship.”
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


eBook News Tidbits

Ebook popularity continues to grow - By Ric Manning of The Courier-Journal.
When is a Book Not a Book? - By Paula Laurita, BellaOnline's Library Sciences Host.
Korea's E-book market continues to grow, defying technology downturn - By By Yang Sung-jin, Korea Herald.
A Case to Define the Digital Age - BusinessWeek Online
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 3


Sneak a peek at Microsoft’s Tablet PC

“...Long term, Microsoft sees a promising future for both traditional PCs and specialized gadgets like the Tablet PC. Within two to three years, it believes 30 per cent of all notebook computers will support electronic inking applications “The volumes we ship will be small initially, but as people get used to the idea, the concept will take off,” says [Erik Moll, Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager]

“Microsoft officials say the Tablet PC differs from PDAs -- handheld computers that perform functions such as managing appointments and storing addresses -- in that users can run full Windows applications using a pen...”


Posted Monday, September 30, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


Transmeta Pacebook pictures

“The PaceBook, which we saw at Computex before it was launched three years ago, appears to be getting a new lease of life, according to Japanese site Akiba PC Hotline. The site reports, with pictures, on different varieties of how the Pacebook can function – a notebook version similar to the one we saw, a desktop version and a tablet version too...” (Source: The Inquirer)

From Akiba PC Hotline - Whole collection of pictures, text in Japanese.

Transmeta Pacebook pictures



Posted Monday, September 30, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


Compal to supply Legend Tablet PC

“Compal Electronics has been chosen to manufacture Tablet PCs for Legend Computer, China’s largest PC vendor, according to industry sources. Compal will ship several thousand Tablet PCs per month for the company in the initial stages. Sources said that Compal, already the second-largest contract manufacturer of Legend’s notebooks with monthly shipments of 3,000 to 4,000 units, won the order largely since it uses Intel rather than Transmeta microprocessors. First International Computer (FIC), which uses Transmeta processors in its Tablet PCs, had been rumored to be a candidate for the deal...” (Source: David Tzeng and Chinmei Sung, DigiTimes)

Posted Monday, September 30, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


Tablet PC Summit Pictures

EXCLUSIVE Geoff Palmer pictures of the Tablet PC Summit...more to come, will have a whole page of pictures and a video presentation and more by the end of the week, so stay tuned. Will also be mirrored on Tablet PC Talk.


Acer, Jeanne Flatland, Director of Marketing, Convertible Tablet PC - Tablet PC Summit, Sep 24, 2002 at Planet PDA


Motion Computing Tablet PC - Tablet PC Summit Demo, Sep 24, 2002 at Planet PDA


ViewSonic Dan Coffman, Senior Product Manager with a ViewSonic V1100 Tablet PC - Tablet PC Summit, Sep 24, 2002 at Planet PDA


Mr. Tablet PC himself...Geoff Palmer, President of InfoCater, with an Acer Tablet PC in a Harsh Environment Case - Tablet PC Summit, Sep 24, 2002 at Planet PDA

All Pictures By Geoff Palmer, Copyright 2002
Posted Monday, September 30, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


New unwired inventions

News.com.au takes a belated look at some of the items introduced at DEMOmobile...
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 5


The Persistence Principle: An Inside Look at Microsoft’s Strategy

“...The last business I want to mention is our mobility business,” continues Connors. “Again, it is typical Microsoft. We started out with this thing called Windows CE. The first generation was horrible. We kept at it, and now we’re gaining big share against Palm. We have two things we’re trying to do in the mobility category: First, deliver the pocket PC-type software so it is a good extension for knowledge workers in business; and secondly, deliver the software for the next generation of smart phones. Our competition in that space is Nokia; we actually have better technology than Nokia today. The problem is getting distribution...” (Source: knowledge.emory.edu)
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 4


Destiny Networks’ Home Positioning System

“Electronic House has selected Destiny Networks' Home Positioning System for their prestigious 2002 Product of the Year Award...The Home Positioning System quickly and accurately detects occupancy in each room of a house. This occupancy information has two key functions: It provides handsfree automation. It gives the homeowner a graphical display of which rooms are occupied...Any networked PC or web-tablet can display the floor-plan of the house and show which rooms are occupied...” (Source: Press Release)
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 4


Tablets target business users

“Monitor vendor Viewsonic will shortly ship a pen-driven Tablet PC. The Tablet PC V1100 is due in November, when Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition becomes available. It has built-in WLAN capability and weighs 1.5kg. Unlike some other Tablet PCs, it lacks a keyboard and relies entirely on a pen-driven user interface. Another Tablet PC reviewed by IT Week recently, the TravelMate 100 from Acer, flips open to reveal a conventional notebook keyboard. “The key (to the Tablet PC) is being able to use writing to capture information in applications,” said Marc McConnaughey, senior vice president for Viewsonic’s Advanced Technology Group. He added that this is just the first phase of the Tablet PC, and that Microsoft and its hardware partners are exploring other applications for the new format. “Its usefulness will improve in subsequent updates to the operating system”, McConnaughey said.

“The Tablet PC V1100 is based on an 866MHz Mobile Pentium III-M processor with up to 512MB of memory. A cradle will allow the device to use DVD media when the user is at a desk, the firm said. It is priced from £1,699.” (Source: IT Week)
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 1


Flipside

Two of the skeptics...but the arguments are weak. One can easily think of many more uses beyond simple form-filling...and Tablet PCs will take off regardless of the bland commoditistic Dell. Given time, and given a choice...with near same pricing, pen-computing is just more compelling.

Use finally found for Tablet PC - “...Then The INQ discovered that the British government has a mandate to encourage local authorities to offer a robust online presence by 2005. What will be the main requirement for such local authorities's online systems? Answer: - allowing people to fill out forms online. By a happy coincidence a small British software house, Mandoforms, has just released version 4.0 of its automated form creation software and this version features support for wireless devices such as PDAs and smartphones. Although Mandoforms can be created using HTML code, its real advantage is an ability to create intelligent forms that are self-sufficient Java applets taking up no more than 130K. So Tablet PC users could easily wander around gathering details required to complete forms and interact wirelessly with a Mandoforms server running on a standard Website...”

Evolution? Maybe. Cure-all? Unlikely - “Alexandra Loeb, corporate vice-president of the Tablet PC Group at Microsoft, said: “Its usage is really workable everywhere.” Despite her claims, analysts are doubtful if the Tablet PC, which has a slightly smaller form factor than conventional notebooks, and features advanced handwriting recognition, will take off in the mainstream PC market...”
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 by ChrisC
Rating: 2


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