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Forget the PDA, Here Comes the TDA

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the there-goes-the-tda dept.

Handhelds 390

Roland Piquepaille writes "A French company has just started to sell the Jackito, the first 'Tactile Digital Assistant' (TDA). This new kind of PDA has no stylus, doesn't offer handwriting recognition and has no keyboard. Instead, it is based on touchscreen technology and relies entirely on your thumbs for input -- which are harder to lose than a stylus. And as Jackito has two simultaneous touch points, you can operate it with your two thumbs at the same time, at least according to the company. For an entry price of $600, you'll get parallel-processing capabilities with 7 processors and plenty of brand new technology, including 3ActilOS, a multitasking OS, which is not even referenced by Google. So be warned before purchasing one! However, the approach is pretty unique and I wish them good luck. Before opening your wallet, you'll find some selected pictures in this summary."

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pi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680109)

likes to gobble cock

pi ci (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680127)

pihost > cihost
gnaa > j00

fristage postage is MINE

must ... resist ... (4, Funny)

scrytch (9198) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680119)

"tactile" ... "jackito" ... oh my.

Re:must ... resist ... (0, Troll)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680222)

"tactile" ... "jackito" ... oh my.

NEWSFLASH: most of the world doesn't speak english natively, and therefore see no connotation in the name "jackito"

Conversively, Toyota commercialized a car called the "MR2" that, in french, sounded like "oh shit". Guess what? it never sold well here.

Corporations in one country choose names that sound good locally and sometimes manage to offence people elsewhere. No need to get smug, or all giggly about it, unless you're some teenager who finds these things funny.

Re:must ... resist ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680260)

Go fuck a goat you self-important blog spammer

Did you fuck the goat yet?

How was it?

dirty? smelly?

love at first sight.

Re:must ... resist ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680262)

Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends
How karma-whoring and ego-stroking geekdom are modifying our way of life.

Re:must ... resist ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680268)

You must be French yourself. Insufferably rude, smug, zero sense of humor.

Yep.

Re:must ... resist ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680351)

NEWSFLASH: most of the /. crowd speaks english (otherwise, we wouldn't be here...)

Re:must ... resist ... (1)

Neon Spiral Injector (21234) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680366)

But the MR2 was called the Coupe MR in France.

'Cause you know they got the metric system.

They was also no No Go in Mexico, and nothing about Licking of Wax Tadpole in China.

Re:must ... resist ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680272)

"tactile" ... "jackito" ... oh my.

Rubba rubba!

I wonder if it comes with "Jesus juice"?

bad pricing idea (5, Interesting)

tedtimmons (97599) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680120)

So it costs $600 right now. After 1/2 million units, they'll lower to price to some unspecified amount. After 1 million units, they'll lower the price to $100.

How would you like to pay $600 for the 499,999th unit? Or (unspecified amount) for the 999,999th unit? D'oh!

Re:bad pricing idea (1)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680236)

Yeah, "Just wait unti the next model!, It will blow your socks off"

$100.00 Yeah right! Why don't they charge that now? They will seel a million units at that price.

Re:bad pricing idea (5, Insightful)

madprogrammer (214633) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680254)

Good pricing idea, poorly executed... they shouldn't have advertised the pricing changes in advance.

Re:bad pricing idea (4, Insightful)

Cali Thalen (627449) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680261)

That's $600...plus a list of acessories and 'recommended' add-ons that reads like a new car brochure. Figure at least $800 by the time you're done.

The pretty color screen will cost you an extra $138. $45 for an internal MP3 player.

$25 for USB *CORD*? I thought that was for a USB interface. But hey, you can get 4 AA batteries for only $5!

Re:bad pricing idea (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680357)

Been there, done that. Still using that computer.

Ewwwww (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680123)

Why do the words "Jackito" and "finger-touch array" give me a real bad vibe. You know...like when you see tentacle pr0n. *shudder*

Unique? (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680128)

SMS texters have been sending messages using their thumbs for years.

Is it just me... (3, Funny)

bgog (564818) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680129)

Is it just me or does this have almost no cool factor. I'm about as excited about it as a ham sandwich.

Re:Is it just me... (4, Funny)

sploo22 (748838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680186)

Whaddya mean? This isn't just cool, it's downright l33t. Check out the operating system - it's called 3ActilOS! How much more l33t can you get?

Re:Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680196)

You must be new here.

Re:Is it just me... (0)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680209)

Is it just me or does this have almost no cool factor. I'm about as excited about it as a ham sandwich.
But it comes in all those cool classic iMac colours!

Re:Is it just me... (2, Funny)

NIK282000 (737852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680213)

A sandwich just isn't a sandwich without the tangy zip of Maricle Whip!

Re:Is it just me... (0, Redundant)

hellfire (86129) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680266)

I happen to like ham sandwiches. Especially with the right cheese and mustard. MMMMMMMmmmmmmm Ham sammich... *head lolls back while drooling commences*

Re:Is it just me... (3, Informative)

mindstormpt (728974) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680389)

Are you excited about it as as a ham sandwich, or are you excited about it as about a ham sandwich?

Couldn't figure out

Sorry All! (1)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680134)

but does it run linux?

Re:Sorry All! (1)

Roryking (646378) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680230)

Actually, a good question. Some hardware I'm not too interested in hacking (digital camera, cable box, refridgerator) but for something so computer-related I would be disappointed if I couldn't choose what OS to use, or change runtime variables other than what pretty menus allow for. Disappointed enough to prevent me from buying it? Well, that depends how much I like the OS. Also seeing a decrease in price :-)

Re:Sorry All! (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680474)

Wouldn't a touchscreen show up as a mouse device? I've never heard of a mouse protocol that supported more than one position at a time...

They just gave it all away. (2, Interesting)

CrackHappy (625183) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680139)

They will never get any first-adopters now! They told everyone that after 1 million units it will drop to $100! So everyone will wait, no one will buy it, and it will die.

Bye bye, Mr. Tactile Digital Assistant!

Re:They just gave it all away. (1)

capt.mellow (613863) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680446)

. . . exactly. This thing will be DOA. They should have had someone more business-savvy handle things.

IANAB, but I would think that you should simply factor in the cost of the first production run, keep the price the same, and just enjoy better profit margins once production becomes cheaper.

Set the price to be comparable to what people expect to pay, and keep it there. Instead, they are starting off too high, then dropping too low, and in the process they are deterring early adopters. This thing wasn't thought through very well at all, which is tragic, because the device looks pretty cool.

The numbers don't add up (2, Insightful)

jbellis (142590) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680153)

On the one hand, they say that
[t]o optimize Jackito's features (Finger-Touch Control, battery life, fast graphics, Multitasking, Real-Time Processing, etc.), we have had to incorporate Parallel Processing (seven processors) and a powerful Gate-Array. These are unrivalled technologies in the PDA arena, which explains the price.
But on they other, they say that: "A single AA battery = several weeks' battery life."

Those must be some pretty unimpressive processors to last a week on a single AA...

Re:The numbers don't add up (2, Insightful)

bgog (564818) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680174)

Not to mention an unimpressive display? Backlight?

Hardertolose? (5, Funny)

Trillan (597339) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680166)

Youinsensitiveclod!Ihavenothumbs!

Re:Hardertolose? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680459)

How do you use your tool(s)?

I only have one thumb! (1, Redundant)

raehl (609729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680169)

Those insensitive clods!

taking notes (5, Insightful)

Hatfieldje (147296) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680172)

One of the reasons people like PDA's is because they can take notes in class or in meetings. I didn't see any easy way to take notes with this thing, unless they use morse code: Left thumb = dash, right thumb = dot.

What will Andre The Giant use? (1)

TXP (592446) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680180)

His thumbs are as big as the screen. Will this be like Mac where one button does all. Andre will have to type morse code beep, beep, beep, beeeeeep, ... , beep, beep, ...., beeeeeep.

Re:What will Andre The Giant use? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680204)

In heaven the Jackito fits ANY thumbs!

All thumbs (0)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680181)

The perfect gift for the man who is all thumbs.

Their new slogan: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680184)

"So simple a monkey could use it.*"

*If that monkey had opposable thumbs.

Re:Their new slogan: (1)

rizzo420 (136707) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680453)

i believe all primates have opposable thumbs... therefore, a monkey would have opposable thumbs (they also have opposable big toes, so they could use it with their feet as well).

A single AA gives several weeks of life? (3, Insightful)

madprogrammer (214633) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680190)

Is that in sleep mode?

To optimize Jackito's features (Finger-Touch Control, battery life, fast graphics, Multitasking, Real-Time Processing, etc.), we have had to incorporate Parallel Processing (seven processors) and a powerful Gate-Array

Isn't it counter-intuitive to imply Parallel Processing and powerful Gate-Array would give better battery life??

This sounds like a hoax.

Posting summary. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680194)

This thing sucks, where's the stylus?
No stylus is going to be SOOO cool.
Where's the keyboard?
RTFM
Imagine a beowulf cluster of these.
In soviet russia, tactile digial assistant operates you.
Just wondering, does it run linux?
You must be new here.
I can hack my iPod to use bluetooth with this 600$US thingermojib.

Re:Posting summary. (1)

agraupe (769778) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680252)

Thank you. That saved me a lot of time :) Just remember, if you take out the first three, it can apply to any piece of hardware ever mentioned on /. You should have also included "BSD is dead". That seems to be somewhat of a commmon comment around here.

Re:Posting summary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680335)

You forgot one: I have no thumbs you insensitive clod!

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680211)

so, it has parallel processors for my .. multithreaded calendar? I suppose I could look up phone numbers just as fast as you like. So for $600 why don't you get an entry-level laptop? I sure as hell don't want a Jack(it)O in my pocket. Hey, little kid, what's your number? Let me just rub it into my Jack'o with my thumbs here..

Hmmm (4, Informative)

wbav (223901) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680216)

Now I don't want to sound cynical, but I remember a product a few years ago on slashdot which numbers didn't add up, and it had all these pretty pictures. Something about a seti@home pci card.

If you ask me, it's a joke, especially since it's using an OS that google can't find.

come on now... (1)

consolidatedbord (689996) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680219)

there-goes-the-tda

Shouldn't it be:
there-goes-the-pda

Tactile... not exactly (1)

GAMMAH_DJ (767495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680223)

Tactile would mean that the surface changes how it feels to the user. This is a touchscreen PDA basically. If it were tactile, different elements would actually feel differently on the screen.

So that is a misnomer IMO.

Roland Piquepaille annoys me (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680226)

Roland Pickypail is shameless self-promoter who crossposts everywhere and even stoops to astroturfing to get people to think he's some kind of big, influentual journo.

somebody needs to pop that dudes giagantic ego and to stop spamming his lame blog everywhere. just goes to show how being a persistant asshole pays off.

Re:Roland Piquepaille annoys me (-1, Flamebait)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680255)

Roland Pickypail is shameless self-promoter who crossposts everywhere and even stoops to astroturfing to get people to think he's some kind of big, influentual journo.

And you on the other hand are the man who'll expose the fraud I am, all anonymous and coward that you are?

Re:Roland Piquepaille annoys me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680312)

You are a big big big man. Big man!

You are a very important person, and I look to you for advice. Your blog articles make my life worth living.

Men like me want to be you. Women want to be with you. And goats want to fuck you.

Did you like that ego stroking? mm? did it get your wittle weewee erect?

NOW STFU YOU SELF-IMPORTANT BLOG SPAMMER!!!

Re:Roland Piquepaille annoys me (0, Offtopic)

clmensch (92222) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680338)

Heh. That shut him up, eh? Rock on, Roland.

Aaargh! (1)

theJerk242 (778433) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680231)

Damn it! I just bought a Tungsten T3! I knew I should have waited for something else that was REALLY cool to hit the market!

Not so hard to lose (2, Funny)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680232)

I'm unemployed right now, so securing "financing" for that $600 price 2would definitely put my thumbs in jeopardy...

I smell a hoax (5, Insightful)

scrytch (9198) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680233)

Let's see, "super sekrit SEVEN PROCESSOR PARALLEL PROCESSING sauce ..." runs for over a week on standard AA batteries. Telling everyone your pricing model which includes a ridiculously steep drop after shipping a million units. Truly amateur copy writing ... even the French know that when you have a new product, you have to market it wel.

Oh, and you pay a $100 or 100 eur "deposit to confirm your order".

So it's not only a hoax, it's a SCAM .

Re:I smell a hoax (1)

itwerx (165526) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680352)

It is a hoax. Do a hexedit on the images. Every one of them is fake...

Re:I smell a hoax (1)

gilroy (155262) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680407)

Blockquoth the poster:

Do a hexedit on the images. Every one of them is fake...

OK, I'll admit my cluelessness. How does this show it's fake?

Re:I smell a hoax (3, Funny)

kunudo (773239) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680439)

Real images speak octal.

Re:I smell a hoax (2, Insightful)

alienw (585907) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680422)

How does this shit make the front page? The company doesn't even accept credit cards, for fuck's sake! Seriously, would a company capable of making a PDA use Paypal?

Re:I smell a hoax - roland P. does good research! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680477)

We can expect more of this kind of quality journalism from Roland "im a big man" Pickpail!

Keep up great work Roland!!! We love hoaxes maquerading as news!

Re:I smell a hoax (3, Informative)

SparafucileMan (544171) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680467)

Yeah, this reeks of fraud. 7 processors. touch display. color screen, backlight. runs on 1 AA battery. 1337 unknown OS. Deposit to confirm order, but no credit cards accepted, so no fraud protection. Don't let your ass get burned, people.

Story Submitter is a Blog spammer as well (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680480)


And the slashdot editors keep falling for the same old reciepe [slashdot.org]

Piquepaille is still spamming here it seems, did you also notice the pictures he has lifted from other peoples webpages (you dont think he takes them do you) , do you think he has explicit permission to display them on his site and by do so profiting from them (by advert revenue) ?
there is a reason photographers and graphic designers exist and its not to support some leecher/pirate /plaigarist like Piquepaille [slashdot.org]

obligatory (2)

Lord Zerrr (237123) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680235)

beowolf cluster of these?

Seems too good to be true! But I must have one! (1)

webguru4god (537138) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680242)

Man, this Jackito almost made me weep browsing the PDA's website. This thing is incredible, and is definitely an incredible feat of engineering. But the only thing is, does anyone else think this is too good to be true? Weeks on a AA battery, very fast, easy to use, cost cutting to $100 after 1 million units. It almost sounds too good to be true to me. Lets all hope this is for real and not vaporware like the OQO.

What would you possibly use this for? (1)

dj42 (765300) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680246)

I'm still trying to figure out what this could be used for @ $600, aside from being an Enron-style corporate gift that would go unused. I guess if you're one of those PDA enthusiasts, that is just really into carrying around and manipulating little bits of semi-useful data, this is a step in a new direction, but I mean... seriously.

Oh no... (1)

DaHat (247651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680248)

I've always had horrible handwriting.

The only reason I can still write at all legibly (slightly less then a doctor) is because I use a PDA stylus... just using my thumbs? I might as well swear off ever using a pen or pencil in future.

Re:Oh no... (1)

sploo22 (748838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680299)

You use on-screen virtual keyboards, not handwriting.

Apparently, being all thumbs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680251)

...is not quite the drawback people seem to think.

PDA/TDA? (2, Interesting)

eeg3 (785382) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680253)

It's 'not a PDA', but... it's website is jackito-pda.com. Interesting. On another note, using your thumb on the screen is messy, it gets the screen all greasy and dirty. You can use your thumbs on a regular PDA, if you are so inclined. Also, it's powered by AA batteries. Ugh, i'll stick with my lithium rechargable battery.

High Sound quality via Screen!
Apparently the speaker is beneath the screen, that's kind of neat.

This seems to me to probably be the equivalent of a "PDA" you can buy at walmart for $15.

Not exactly no keyboard (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680256)

If you look at the product demo it shows the touchscreen being used as a keyboard. A very big keyboard. I see how this could appeal to the those peoplewho insist on running a 640x480 display but the screen area overhead that this thing will need for regular operation will turn off everybody else.

impaired use (1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680263)

Instead, it is based on touchscreen technology and relies entirely on your thumbs for input -- which are harder to lose than a stylus.

and probably harder to use than a stylus for the impaired. someone with paralyzed arms may be able to use the stylus with their mouth, or an amputee might as well.

i'd rather use a stylus anyway, less clunky than my thumbs. after all, i'm "all thumbs" when it comes to some things.

What's the target market? (0, Troll)

KillerCow (213458) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680264)

What's the target market?

You can't enter text, so you can't input data from the field to be used later. It doesn't have wireless so you cant use it as a GUI interface to an existing system.

No serious input + no interface to larger system = glorified storage device with a pretty screen.

HOAX / SCAM - $100 needed for "Escrow Account" (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680271)

If you look, they require $100 to be put into what they call an "Escrow account" until the unit ships. Huh!? ELABORATE SCAM!!!

It is a very professionally well done web site, very convincing, but a company of their stature would be accepting payment by means other than PAYPAL!!!

I mean fake Apple PDA pictures have surfaced a few years ago that also looked very convincing as well. At least these fakers are trying to get some money out of you for all their hard photoshopping and HTML design!!!

Re:HOAX / SCAM - $100 needed for "Escrow Account" (5, Insightful)

Bellyflop (681305) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680429)

I'm going to have to call shenanigans on this one. That's pretty sketchy. They don't seem to really want to let you know how to really use their new touchscreen technology to do useful things like input an address. That's the sort of thing a PDA company wants to reassure is very simple right off the bat.

The website is registered to Novinit, some company in France. I have a hard time believing that they are real since they don't seem to want to leave an address on their website, nor do they own the domain "novinit.fr" which any self-respecting french company would own. They claim that they have been doing the research for 10 years with "tens of millions" of dollars invested in research. Sort of hard to believe since they also claim to have been founded in 1999 and with a 2mil euro initial investment and $10 mil in initial capital. Strange that they keep flipping between Euros and Dollars.

If they are real, they ought to provide more information.

Alternate Names? (1)

ToadSprocket (628571) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680275)

Jackito???

Methinks the marketing folks dropped the ball on this one.

Maybe this is some sort of fancy animal that is realy cool in certain circles and I am missing it?
Maybe this is one of the Engineers kids names? Jack=jackito, bobby=bobito? Judge Ito = ItoIto??
Maybe the guy really loves Jack in the Box and is mad they don't have burritos, so this is a stab at fulfilling his fast food fantasy. Eating a burrito at JITB.
Perhaps this is spanish for "small jacket"? (not sure what that has to do with a 'TDA' though)

Not too sure, but I am going with 'jagoffito' for now since this is the weakest product name out there.

All thumbs using my P900 (1)

clmensch (92222) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680304)

I often try to operate my P900 with my thumb, but it usually ends up badly. Sometimes it works, though.

Why can't someone come up with a thumb stylus? Kinda like a thumbpick for guitars...

Good job, bet you a nickel it's a hoax (1)

spludge (99050) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680305)

This is a pretty damn good hoax. I bet the real news sites start picking up on it as something real very soon.

It has enough technical information to sound real, but there are just so many sections where it just doesn't quite make sense what they are saying... :)

Re:Good job, bet you a nickel it's a hoax (1)

I_Love_Pocky! (751171) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680434)

It's not a hoax.

There are just so many sections where it just doesn't quite make sense what they are saying.

It's French.

Doesn't the French know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680306)

anything "Jacko" won't sell here?

Don't they read the press first?

its BLACK AND WHITE! (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680313)

You hear me? Not color, not grey scale, not even 4bpp. Its mono, black & white. Hell, its not even that, its black and not black. Scuse me while I go call the 1990s and tell them we've found their missing PDA.

Re:its BLACK AND WHITE! (1)

dj42 (765300) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680342)

they have an option when you order for a color display...

Re:its BLACK AND WHITE! (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680361)

Yet all the apps are mono. Just go to the page and look at the screen shots. Quarter VGA mono, ick.

Re:its BLACK AND WHITE! (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680415)

No, you have a have a color screen for $100. What I find strange is their interface software: it's not the OS, it's some kind of program you buy. But I agree that if I would buy one (with full color and 512Mo of memory) for $200. Instead, all the standard options triple the price.

While you're on your way back to the 1990s... (1)

hudsonhawk (148194) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680458)

...take some time to learn how to read. [hookedonphonics.com]

SCREEN [jackito-pda.com]
See options :
- Color LCD

I'm guessing you saw the "ultra contrast (black and white)" and decided to post a furiously 3dgy comment rather than to keep reading the page. While I agree this unit looks useless, it is useless and color.

What has two thumbs (4, Funny)

LightStruk (228264) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680321)

What has two thumbs and loves simultaneous touch points?

This guy...

7 CPUs? (5, Informative)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680324)

Why in gods name would they include 7 processors? That just dosn't make any sense. My guess is that some idiot just counted up all the chips in the system, or something.

Display is not even included (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680327)

and has to be paid 123USD (bw) or 138 USD (color) extra
jackito-pda.com buy site [jackito-pda.com]

why you need marketing! (5, Funny)

Perianwyr Stormcrow (157913) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680333)

Because something that sounds like a cross between masturbation and tortillas ain't so great!

Sony Gummi (5, Interesting)

datawar (200705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680341)

Sony has a device called the Gummi Bendable Computer [sony.net] that they've been developing. Input is based on bending the credit-card sized device (made of flexable material) towards and away from you. The design is well thought out, and as an HCI person, I'm actually pretty impressed with it.

If you have access to ACM's digital library there's a good paper on it that was published at the CHI 2004 conference.

Harder to lose, but.. (4, Funny)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680348)

..relies entirely on your thumbs for input -- which are harder to lose than a stylus.
Yeah, but if you do lose one, they cost an arm and a leg to replace.

MSN Search "references it" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680360)

Heh.

3ActilOS [msn.com]

Fraud! (4, Insightful)

chill (34294) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680384)

What is with all those lovely color pictures (http://www.jackito-pda.com/hardware/overview.php) on a device that has a BLACK & WHITE screen? And by B&W, I mean 2-color and not grey-scale. They call it "extreme contrast".

Mmmmm... $600 for a 2-color PDA w/a proprietary OS and heavy DRM. Sign me up for a dozen! I'll take delivery right after Nader sweeps the elections in November!

[And an OS that is described as an extension to Visual C++, to boot!]

-Charles

Re:Fraud! (2, Informative)

chill (34294) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680428)

Damn, I had to read further! :-) A color screen is $138 extra. Add a few options and you can easily hit $1,000!

Touching "Little Michael Jackson" ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680385)

I'm sorry, but the thought of finger-touching something that's name basically in Spanish is "Little Jacko", which further "translated" means "Little Michael Jackson" doesn't sit right with me... Fire the person who came up with this name and perhaps call it "Pussito" and I might consider buying one... to finger-touch...

Well (3, Funny)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680388)

Instead, it is based on touchscreen technology and relies entirely on your thumbs for input -- which are harder to lose than a stylus.

Not if you're yacuza, you insensitive clod.

Their WHOIS Info CREATED MAY 24, 2004! SCAM!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680420)

This website is just recently created, and only has a ONE YEAR lease.

What big fancy company like them would have paid for such a short time to own a domain?

IT'S A SCAM, THE DEVICE IS FAKE!!!

They require $100 for an "escrow account" via PAYPAL BEFORE the item is SHIPPED!!!!!

Record CREATED on 09-Jul-2004 - JACKITO-TDA.COM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9680466)


Domain Name: JACKITO-TDA.COM
Record created on 09-Jul-2004

Might as well (1)

TechnologyX (743745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680436)

The missing step:

1. Make up product
2. Make a few pictures in Paint about said product
3. Get some dork to write in his online diary about it
4. Post to Slashdot
5. Profit!

jump? (1)

randyest (589159) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680455)

However, we appreciate that, without actually holding Jackito in your hands, you can't really feel this new and unrivalled type of interactivity. Why? Well, for example:

A PC mouse can't make objects jump, unlike your fingertips
on a Jackito Touchscreen.
A stylus-driven PDA doesn't allow you to touch two points
on the screen simultaneously.

Jackito lets you use both thumbs at the same time.


Jump? The objects on the screen jump? As in, off the screen, into the third dimension? Wow. No wonder it's 6 beans.

"I'm doing the jackito -- look how it jumps!

Newt? (1)

mkarpinski (409464) | more than 10 years ago | (#9680470)


I think I saw this once...as an Apple Newton.
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