The OQO “ultra personal” computer:
(warning - heavy use of Flash).
Something I’ve mused on for a while - a CPU / decent amount of RAM / reasonable sized disk drive can go in a very small package. Why not make that package able to attach to a variety of keyboards / mice / monitors / other peripherals for use at home as well as carrying around - configure it dynamically in whatever tradeoff you like in terms of bulk vs. usability.
Looks like they were thinking roughly the same way - this PDA sized box contains a Crusoe chip (up to 1 gig speed), 256 Meg RAM, wireless capability, a 10 GB disk and little touch screen. It runs XP, and plugs into a docking station that allows you to hook up a real monitor, mouse and keyboard to it.
Questions I have at this point:
1 - What other similar devices are on the horizon?
2 - Will somebody make some portable accesories for this thing to turn it into laptop sized package instead of PDA, with a laptop sized screen and a functional keyboard? It would be very attractive to have something usable at three distinct sizes - PDA, laptop with the penalty of carting a little more bulk around, and at home in its docking station.
3 - How god-awful strange will this beast be when it comes to installing upgrades and third party software on it?
4 - How do you interact with it in the “PDA” form? Little teeny on screen touch keyboard? How usable is it?
5 - 10 GB is a bit anemic these days. For use at home, I would want the docking station to be a bit more, so you could add another disk drive, CD rom burner, etc. How are they going to work this at acceptable transfer rates? Firewire?
Interesting device, anyway.