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PDA and Subnotebook Killer?

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the see,-size-does-matter dept.

Handhelds 250

Purdah writes "I found this site with a description of a new type of palm sixed PC. It runs windows and would be great for mobile uses like music and movies (says it can store 3 movies). Extracts below are from the official website: complete Windows XP wireless handheld computer, cradle to dock with a keyboard and monitor, transforming the OQO to a full feature desktop machine, media player mode with enough memory for 1000 songs or three feature length movies, optimization for cool running and miserly power consumption" Looks a little vaporous to me, as well as thick. But there's an awful lot of potential if they get it right.

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FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909130)

It was worth a shot.

Fu(k FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909131)

FP's are for fu(king jacka$$es.

Lick my scrotum, Steve Jobs. .Mac blows

Vapor, again. (2, Informative)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909134)

How many times are we going to see this spiffy site touting vaporware posted to slashdot?

Re:Vapor, again. (1)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909157)

Have you checked them out?

OQO, Inc.

1800 Illinois
San Francisco, CA 94124

phone: 415.920.9090
fax: 415.550.1504


I do agree, I am tired of this being rehashed/reposted.

Re:Vapor, again. (2)

sweetooth (21075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909159)

Probably a lot. Any bets on how long before the site get's slashdotted this time? It didn't take long last time due to the huge size of the flash file.

Re:Vapor, again. (2)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909191)

I know this doesn't carry a lot of weight, but its true.. I actually got a chance to play with one of those made by Fujitsu a few weeks ago...and they are sweet.. a little thick but sweet none the less... definitely the future of mobile computing.

Re:Vapor, again. (4, Insightful)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909209)

Damn, the mods are pretty rabid today ;-)

I almost got excited. I went to the page and thought "oh, yeah, this has been here before. But hey - maybe they're shipping now. Um, then again...maybe not."

I was just pointing out that nothing has changed but the snazzy graphics.

Mod this one down too, I'm just posting again to be annoying.

Re:Vapor, again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909336)

Is it me, or are there just way too many stupid people in the world?

Yes, and apparently they all have mod points.

First Post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909135)

Fp W00t?

FIRSTPOST (-1, Offtopic)

asdqaz (594017) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909140)

FIRSTPOST

This is total crap (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909144)

I have one of these, and it just sucks. I would get a compaq. Compaqs are faster, and lighter, and they aren't made in ARABIA by fucking airplane crashers.

Six (5, Funny)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909150)

"a palm sixed computer"

The person who typed this needs a BIGGER keyboard, not a smaller one!

Killer app? (2, Interesting)

Jacer (574383) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909161)

this would be awesome... I recently took a 5 day road trip with some pals of mine, in that five days there were 26 hours of driving (eek) with 3 full length movies, it would make the time go by much quicker! however what we ended up doing was taking four laptops, a 1200 watt power inverter, and some wireless cards, made an ad hoc network and played some games

Re:Killer app? (0)

two-bookoo! (588692) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909243)

That is hotT... i hope that no one was war driving near you....

Gaming on a wireless network in a car... i like it

Next's weeks regional newspaper add

Circuit kitty to offer wireless network option for cars- kids and parrents can watch movies share files and play games (laptops not must be purchased seperatly)

This would however be a GREAT use for Bluetooth with it's limited range!

Re:Killer app? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909410)

You're such a loser. That's not what a road trip is about. Can't you get away from yourself even for 5 days?

Power...? (1)

Paladin84 (176257) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909162)

Maybe I missed it on the site, but what is the power consumption on this little thing? My old Velo 1 handheld kills a pair of alkaline AA's in about 12 hours. I wonder what sort of portable nuclear reactor this thing is touting.

Re:Power...? (0)

c00lant (550309) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909388)

Pocket Warmer :)

Palm Sixed (1, Funny)

b00 3rn5 (593878) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909163)

a new type of palm sixed PC

Palm Sixed? I prefer Palm Sex.

Re:Palm Sixed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909193)

I've heard that about you.

You forgot to shave your Palms this morning...

Fwoosh (2)

ralian (127441) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909167)

That was the quickest /. effect I've ever seen - no page after only 3 posts!

Re:Fwoosh (3, Funny)

civilizedINTENSITY (45686) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909414)

Thats because slashdotters *always* read the site before posting...

Haven't we seen this before??? (1)

GreenKiwi (221281) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909168)

I could have sworn that this was a story after one of the confrences a number of months back.

Can we not have so many reposts...

Re:Haven't we seen this before??? (2)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909257)

"I could have sworn that this was a story after one of the confrences a number of months back."

This story appeared for about 60 seconds at around 10:30 this morning, and then disappeared. (Look at my journal for details and note the timestamp.) Now it is present again.

How many more times can we post this? (5, Insightful)

sweetooth (21075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909178)

Re:How many more times can we post this? (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909219)

Until perhaps someone finally stumbles on site that actually sells this thing, or indeed any of these supersmall but powerfull enough to play movies gadgets.

Re:How many more times can we post this? (2)

MarvinMouse (323641) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909235)

Heck, a good Compaq Pocket PC can play movies. I had a representative from IBM come to my university and talk with us, and his Compaq Pocket PC was capable of playing movies along with a lot of other things. (He showed it off during the break to the few real geeks there. :-)

Re:How many more times can we post this? (1)

Oscar26 (126520) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909282)

Thank you!! I thought I was the only one who noticed that this article WAS POSTED IN APRIL!

You know, I understand that someone may not read ALL the slashdot articles, or even remember them all. But a little search for the letters OQO would have returned... I take that back, Slashdot does not index words under 4 letters in their searches. I just checked. But you found it quickly enough.

Okay, so we will forgive CmdrTaco today. But I am disgusted at the number of repeat stories getting posted every month.

Re:How many more times can we post this? (2)

sweetooth (21075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909340)

I noticed that too, so instead of the slashdot search I used a google site search :)

maybe something new..? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909310)

http://www.tiqit.com

Did we post this one - I can't remember.. ;)

Re:How many more times can we post this? (1)

gerf (532474) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909327)

i guess twice, but give it a couple weeks and i may be proven wrong.

Old News..... (1, Troll)

SiliC0N.Di0DE (458025) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909180)

Ars Technica reported on this back on 04.18.2002....

http://arstechnica.com/archive/newspro/news-arch iv e-4-2002.html

Re:Old News..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909234)

Why bother modding these up? Who cares if it's old news? It's certainly new to me.

Cool little device (1)

xiangpeng (324117) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909181)

Isn't it time for someone to prepare to port the kernel over to it? Seems to me that it will be rather easy to port the kernel on the basis that it runs Windows XP(not the embedded version).

If you read the stuff, the makers of the OQO were from Apple. They kinda left the company to develop this lil piece of hardware. It'll be interesting to see if the device is as intuitive as a mac.

sidenote:
2002-06-23 16:31:28 Fully functional portable PC the size of a PDA (articles,tech) (rejected) -- crap.

Re:Cool little device (1)

fernd1 (582087) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909280)

Seeing as it runs a Crusoe proc, I wonder how much porting you would have to do!

Life is short...then you die.

Re:Cool little device (-1)

BattleCat (244240) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909318)

Hm.
Since it runs on Crusoe (according to specs on their website), and probably some almost-conventional hard-drive (10 gigs would be a bit too power-consuming for current flash ROMs tech, and they're claiming misery power consumption) - I think no porting would be needed at all (Maybe , framebuffer drivers, if they run on unconventional video hardware).
I think, we'll have Linux running on it next day
one of this nifty things falls in hands of dedicated Linux hacker.

OQO resources (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909185)

OQO resources [stevebarr.com]

Portable server... (2)

pubjames (468013) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909188)


My team often travels and have to set up office in different places. We all have laptops as our main desktop machines and wireless cards. We have discussed before taking a file/print/web server with us which we travel but we've yet to find any hardware which is appropriate. This looks like it might be suitable.

Re:Portable server... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909375)

Why not an SS40g. Fully tricked out, it makes one helluva server.

Ultrapersonal? (4, Funny)

sllort (442574) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909190)

Someone needs to put a leash on their PR people.

"Introducing the world's first ultrapersonal computer"

Computer: How are you today?
You: Fine.
Computer: I noticed that your morning bowel movement deviated from your mean by 170 grams. What happened last night?
You: Um, you know, I was out with this girl, and... hey, get out of my face!
Computer: Your face has 7,230 pores today.
You: Ahhhhhhhh!

Creepy.

Re:Ultrapersonal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909228)

stop karma whoring sllort!!

poop jokes are not funny!!!

Re:Ultrapersonal? (-1, Troll)

Klerck (213193) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909335)

Yes they are.

Poop, poop, poop!

Hahahaha!

A little more Flash, perhaps? (2, Insightful)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909195)

Why not just have a shitload of BLINK tags and be done with it?

That's got to be the most annoying website design in the history of history.

Re:A little more Flash, perhaps? (1)

taloobie (537189) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909239)

Yeah, I agree.

This thing may hold 3 movies but I'm not sure it could crank through all that Flash.

Re:A little more Flash, perhaps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909255)

Yep, and to make it even worse there is practically no content! I'm trying to figure out what I'm meant to be looking at. Plus whats with all the flashing swirling things that add nothing but annoyance?

Re:A little more Flash, perhaps? (1)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909312)

That's got to be the most annoying website design in the history of history.

I agree. The flashing (seems like 50Hz) gave me a headache right away. And the "mystery meat" navigation really had me going for a while. I didn't realize at first that some of the items had a sub-menu!

I've just submitted this page to Web Pages That Suck [webpagesthatsuck.com] . Hopefully the site authors will get a clue.

Re:A little more Flash, perhaps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909417)

I've just submitted this page to Web Pages That Suck. Hopefully the site authors will get a clue.
Hopefully you Slashdot weenies will get a clue and find another dead horse to beat all the time other than Flash. Besides you open-source usability goofs, the rest of the world likes Flash sites. Get over yourselves.

This is actually a good thing. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909198)

I agree with this article totally. This will definitely take over the PDA and subnotebook market. Now if they can only get it to work with Linux, preferably with an Apache webserver and Mozilla, it will be perfect.

Cell phone... arrrg! (2, Interesting)

httpamphibio.us (579491) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909200)

Apart from being way too big, it's not a cell phone.

I still insist that the ultimate device would be an iPod with a screen that runs the full length of the device with cell phone and pda technology.

Re:Cell phone... arrrg! (2)

DrVxD (184537) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909351)

No - the ultimate device would be your own NCC-1701.

Re:Cell phone... arrrg! (2)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909385)

Would that be with or without any "bloody A, B, C, or D"? (not to mention 'E')?

Re:Cell phone... arrrg! (1)

Xawen (514418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909393)

You can always try the Nokia 9290 [nokiausa.com] . It's probably not quite what you're looking for, but it has a lot to it. I saw a friend with one of these recently, and while the thing is a little big, if you consider that you can replace your cell and your PDA with it, I guess it's not too bad. I didn't get to play with it for too long, but it had a ton of features, nice big color screen, full qwerty keyboard, MS Office file compatibility, Internet browser, multimedia, and a pretty good amount of memory from what I was told. Maybe it would hold you over until your super gadget came out...

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Re:Pink page of death!! by poopbot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909299)

good
another idiot gone. temporarily atleast

Obligatory Applezealot post (0)

piznut (553799) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909204)

Clearly, Apply innovated this idea. I've seen Steve Jobs leave better technology in the toilet after 3 bran muffins and a liter of coffee. Still got the evidence in my freezer to prove it.

wallet sized? (5, Funny)

kaas (458980) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909207)

Quote from their web page: "ubiquitous personal computing in a wallet sized device". Is this referring to wallet size before or after you buy the thing?

3 movies? (2, Insightful)

Oo.et.oO (6530) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909208)

* Powered by Crusoe 0.13 micron TM5800 processor at up to 1GHz
* 10GB hard drive with storage for thousands of songs or three full length movies
* 256MB memory
* four inch, high-resolution super bright VGA color LCD
* Synaptics touchscreen
* Advanced lithium polymer battery
* 1394 FireWire, USB, audio out, OQO-link docking connector, microphone
* Built in 802.11 and Bluetooth wireless networking
* 4.1" x 2.9" x 0.9" / 105mm x 74mm x 22mm; less than 9 oz. / 250 grams

i have a hell of a lot more than three movies on my 10 GB drive. of course they aren't dvd quality, but who needs that? not on a 5" screen!

besides the fujitsu B series looks better than this...

bah! (1)

lo_fye (303245) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909215)

i post'd a msg about dis thang 6 months ago, but da msg didn't go live :( it's purdy kewl tho. Integrated bluetooth and 802.11b as well! that'd be da shiznit!!

Re:bah! (0)

perljon (530156) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909412)

huhked okn fonnix wurckd fur me!

Caution about the website... (1)

NewbieV (568310) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909221)

1. fairly large Flash app (read: s-l-o-w ) drives the navigation
2. avoid the hi-resolution image of the device (in hardware, image gallery) as the link opens a 4577-by-3597 JPEG file

OQO Photo Gallery (3, Informative)

mh_tang (307188) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909222)

Looks like the OQO website is on the verge of being slashdotted, so here is a photo gallery [tiscali.co.uk] of the OQO.

Short review (reads more like an advertisement, actually) also here [tiscali.co.uk] .

No vaporware here (5, Informative)

AnimalSnf (149118) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909226)

This company orignally announced this product a couple of months ago. A write-up on it and some pretty pictures can be found here [infosync.no] and here [transmetazone.com] . What is really cool is that the company was started by people from Transmeta and notebook designers for Apple and IBM. Their plans are to release this thing by Christmas, and with that kind of background I highly doubt they are just blowing smoke up the public's ass.

Re:No vaporware here-Maybe (0)

asklepius (456552) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909382)

This looks like a pretty exciting device. But as far as the vaporware aspect....NONE of the pictures that I have seen of the device show the screen on, just a dark screen. My guess is there haven't been any working prototypes yet.

Re:No vaporware here-Maybe (1)

motardo (74082) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909399)

Click on the "Hardware", then click on "images", then click on the "high res" picture, there you see it with the screen turned on, with the default WinXP screen.

Yep that's vapor (1)

thasmudyan (460603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909231)

This is suspicious, the website is really short on information. Instead of facts they constructed a bulky flash movie that is really no good and the only reason for it's existence is to blow the very small content up beyond proportions. The site wants to be hip but it isn't.
There is no time table, (almost) no tech specs, no pricing info, no ordering,... do I need to go on? It has, however, a category for Investor Relations. These guys just had a nice idea, now they need some money and we'll probably never hear from them again.

Price? (2, Interesting)

ziggy_zero (462010) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909244)

Dude, these things look pretty sweet, and I'll be sure to get one....if the price is right.

"It's not available yet, and Oqo doesn't expect to manufacture its devices on its own, so it has said nothing about a ballpark price for the units."

Does anybody have any realistic estimate for what these will cost?

(That quote is from the Forbes.com article here [forbes.com] , btw)

approx $800 - $1000 (2)

falser (11170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909331)

At least that's the guestimated figure. Add up the price of an iPod, and a top end iPaq, and the oQo's already a good deal.

cool.. how long.. (2)

josepha48 (13953) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909248)

.. before it runs *nix? I'm sure it could, it has a Crusoe processor, vga screen (generic vga should drive it if not fbdev. Probably pretty standard... now the question is what is the cost? If it is to much then it will not be worth it. In order to compete with palm / pocket pc it needs to be selling for around $400 - $500. To compete with subnotebooks it needs a slightly larger screen and / or keyboard IMHO.

Please don't be vaporware! (1)

Phoenixhunter (588958) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909251)

Company has been working on it since 1999 and the Transmeta processor is very low power consumption combined with a hi-cap lithium battery.....

Unnessecary (0)

b00 3rn5 (593878) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909260)

The point of PDAs are not to replace the desktop, but to be able to work on certain things when between desktops. Laptops haven't even replaced desktops, so what makes it probable that a PDA could do it?

Okay, enlighten me. (1)

TheBishop (88677) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909263)

Since nothing has changed in this story, I'll repost the same comment I made the last time this story ran:
  • Windows XP
  • 5800 Crusoe processor
  • 10GB hard drive
  • 256MB of memory
  • connection ports for FireWire and USB

Which of those make this a "high end" portable? Hell, you can get iBooks with better specs than that. It must be the price that makes it 'high-end'.

Re:Okay, enlighten me. (0)

ranger8x (550302) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909352)

well, don't compare this to a laptop, rather compare it to a palm or similar PDA. sure, they could work on a laptop-sized computer with tons of high end stuff, but they want to make a handheld unit that will be much more useful than previous pdas.

Re:Okay, enlighten me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909397)

And did you get modded down and called an idiot when you posted it last time? Maybe you should add this:

* 4.1" x 2.9" x 0.9" / 105mm x 74mm x 22mm; less than 9 oz. / 250 grams

Which iBook is that size?

not many components -why so hard ? (2)

johnjones (14274) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909268)

there is not all that much to think about

transmeta SOC
RAM
hard disk
LCD
battery

so in terms of board layout its nowhere near as had to do a motherboard

the real thing is the battery life and screen because large screen needs more batterys and personally I could not live under 1024/768 if I had to run normal windows

regards

john jones

Not Quite Wearable (1)

spector30 (319592) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909270)

I say we mod this thing to death. I figure if we use some duct-tape mounted magnifying glasses, a couple rubber bands and a mickey-mouse hat with chicken wire ears we could have the ultimate portable/wireless machine on the market. Heck if you have braces you could wrap some wire around those ears and have the ultimate in surveillance systems. Think the gov't will be strapping those things on all their operatives? Lets hope so. At least then we can spot them a mile away.

----
Woman to Buddhist monk: "What did I do in a previous life to deserve such bad luck?"
Monk: "You must have designed uncomfortable shoes."

weak.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909281)

old old old story and a repost, and the product is already on the market for approx USD1k.....

w/ a transmetta (TMTA) curusoe chip, it runs WinXP, has built in WiFi and other goodies.... also has a docking station so it can be used w/ a monitor and keyboard.....

IMHO, a perfect balance between PDA portability and laptop power.... i can't wait to pick one up ;)

this is old news, get with it Taco boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909289)

this is old news, get with it Taco boy.

Enormous potential (3, Interesting)

falser (11170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909290)

I discovered this site some months ago and was awestruck. Finally a portable computer/workstation/storage capacity/web browser/music listening device that would make sense for me to buy. I think a standard PC-compatible device like this has the potential to wipe out, or at least replace, the PDA industry. Why bother having a PalmOS device? Why would you need a laptop? What use is an iPod that can only copy one-way? Just have this little computer, with a big enough screen to view a standard desktop with, and bring that around where ever you go.

On the site they mention you'll be able to get a Laptop shell accessory that you slide the oQo into, instantly making it a full-keyboard full-monitor laptop. In the corporate world it may be cheaper to buy everyone one of these rather than buying everyone a full blown desktop workstation, laptop computer, and PDA device.

Also it's built by some former Apple engineers (probably ones who worked on the iPod) which makes me hopefull that it won't be just vapourware.

Specs (5, Interesting)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909291)

Looks a little vaporous to me, as well as thick

Well ignoring the first part, lets get some perspective on this:

The OQO is:

  • 0.1" higher than the 10 gig iPod
  • 0.5" wider than the 10 gig iPod
  • 0.06" thicker than the 10 gig iPod
A little thick ? Christ, you have a 256 meg product with a 10 gig HD running up to 1 gigahertz and you're a little worried about it being a paltry 0.15cm wider than an iPod!!??

My only concern is the battery life? What do you reckon? 45 minutes tops?

And of course the insane price this will be.

OLD NEWS (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909293)

It's not "NEW"s if it's OLD. This has been floating around for ages. Not only is it OLDS it's not even written up properly. Don't bother posting anymore. Kill yourself.

Another nice system. (2, Informative)

zik0 (450949) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909295)

Xybernaut makes a similar system [xybernaut.com] .
They also sell a wearable [xybernautonline.com] .

not again (2)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909302)


And this is bettern than a Compaq iPaq becuase? Or a Palm? Once again, another company makes a product too big to be a handheld and too weak to be a laptop.

Unless it is priced very competitively against PDAs, it doesn't have a chance.

Re:not again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909345)

It's not priced well at all. I remember reading it will be in the 1100.00 to 1200.00 range.
When I first saw this months ago, i thought kool.
But as we well know, this sux. They need to half that price at least.

Re:not again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909419)

Um. Have you tried to run any real software on a Palm or iPaq? Those are pdas. This is a small computer. There is a world of difference. The pricing needs to be competitive with laptops.

Don't forget to order the... (1)

osjedi (9084) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909322)


Don't forget to order the optional 9 second battery. 50% more life than the standard 6 second battery!
With the extended life battery you'll be able to view the entire splash screen before needing a recharge!

Usability? (2)

mosch (204) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909339)

Until I actually use one of these things, I have some serious doubts about it's usability. After all, their website puts the text of the specifications into a gif [oqo.com] that's nearly impossible to read, and then puts this hard-to-read black text over a dark backgrounded making it even harder to read.

Now go to news/press, and read the article with a nice high-res monitor. You'll find that the text of their press release is inside a borderless box that doesn't offer a vertical scroller. Instead you have to put your mouse over some up and down arrows, and wait for the text to slowly scroll into the visible area.

It's a nice idea, but if they can't make a usable website, what are the odds that they can make a usable PDA? Anybody who ever counted themself as a Palm user knows that the key to a good PDA is quality interface design, not speed or memory.

clearly the most awesome thing (not yet!) out ther (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909346)

I have been drooling and catatonic since I saw this device in April. I will sell the gold caps on my teeth to buy one when it finally hits the streets. From what I saw back then, this thing'll cost around $1000 and is intended to compete with laptops, not PDAs. I would be horrified if this thing doesn't make it out by Christmastime. Glad to hear that someone (I trust) has actually put their hands on one. My question to you: did it run hot? That would be my only serious concern.

A Review at Linuxdevices.Com (5, Informative)

Real World Stuff (561780) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909347)

Found here [linuxdevices.com] yesterday.

Fasterpussycat kill flash kill flash (2, Offtopic)

SomeOtherGuy (179082) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909353)

I know -- off subject -- mod down if you like. I was really interested in the story, but 5 seconds into the website I had decided it was not worth the price.

Flash must die. This website is a good example of why flash is a bad, bad, thing. As a matter of fact -- the only time I see flash as a good thing is for kids games. IE -- PBSkids.org [pbskids.org] where my kids can play games with cookie monster and such. But if you are a company trying to peddle a product and you build your whole site like this --- the web Gods must strike you down.

Hi res pic (1)

Orre (452514) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909357)

If fou look at this hi res picture [oqo.com] of that power pda. You will see that they have installed Qake 2 on it:-).

Vaporware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909359)

It looks as if they have a working model (or some very convincing Photoshop artists)
http://www.oqo.com/_images/H.jpg

The image is huge, so get ready.

Looks real to me (2)

CDWert (450988) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909374)

If you look closley at the high res image, you can most certainly tell that the case is a machined alloy, with bead blasted finis, you can also spo a hair on the unit to the left middle of the screen.

This isnt rocket science guys, its a Transmeta Cursoe proc, right for power consumption, and a 10 gig HD, nothing special there.

I think its slick, anywhere under 1500 I'd buy in a heartbeat.

Beside, you know its real from ONE SIMPLE ting in the high res photo, its got Quake on it, what developer at a company wouldnt just have to see how it quakes :)

Palm keyboard. (1)

zoftie (195518) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909377)

I think if these guys will get adaptor for one of those cheap folding palm keyboards, it would be a palm killer, just little to bulky... now if anyone can still be as iconic as portable TRS...
now we will be talking, I think Palms came closest. Harddrives do not go well into portables, because portables are "out on the field", so solid state of some sort is sort of make it or break it deal... but with solid state lagging so far behind in speed(not seek time) , density and price I guess we will have to wait a while longer. I heard people dropping their portable TRS machines and still using them after 10 times doing so. Try it with this one!

site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3909380)

"I found this site with a description ..."

That site has been covered in all the media about 2 months ago. Too bad you only just found it.

Processor (1)

loconet (415875) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909386)

"* Powered by Crusoe 0.13 micron TM5800 processor at up to 1GHz"

What would be the equivelant of that 1GHz TM5800 processor in the X86 world?

Not a PDA killer (2)

DrXym (126579) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909411)

Wade through this horrible flash site and you'll eventually see pictures of this thing. It is not a PDA killer unless you like carrying around something the size, weight and appearance of a 3.5 inch hard disk. And running XP? Ugh - I suppose you have to be running Outlook to get anywhere near the functionality that a PDA requires.

This thing is definitely and obviously useless as a PDA.

It would be a cute toy however and might be useful replacement for a laptop if you're going to plug it into external monitor, mouse & keyboard. Assuming it had a decent battery life, it might make an awesome personal media player too.

imagine a beowulf cluster of these.... (0)

ranger8x (550302) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909418)

:) ...you could put a whole bunch of these in the space of like 1 normal PC, maybe make a small rack of them. it would be sorta like the Green Destiny [theregister.co.uk] at Los Alamos. this might be useful for researchers who may want fast, instant access to a powerful computing system when traveling. i bet it's pretty energy efficient too.

WOW Big! (1)

bezza (590194) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909420)

Geez when they say 'click thumbnail to enlarge' they really do mean it don't they? But honestly this thing does show some potential. They have done fairly well to plug that hole between 'too big to fit in your pocket' and 'too small to put in your breifcase/backpack without it flinging all around the place'. And that, my friend, is its market niche.

Yuck. (1)

biggerboy (512438) | more than 12 years ago | (#3909421)

There's an inverse relationship between website animation and reality.
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