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More on the Jackito Tactile PDA

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the you-don't-know-jackito dept.

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Roland Piquepaille writes "A week ago, I wrote a column about a new Tactile Digital Assistant (TDA), the Jackito. Several Slashdot readers questioned the existence of the product and thought it might be an elaborate scam. I also had serious doubts. But as both the company behind this TDA, Novinit, and myself are French, I decided to investigate and contacted the company. And I spent several hours with the CEO and the CTO. I told them about the mistakes they made in their early announcement and asked what kind of corrective actions they were taking to fix the situation and build trust in their product. I also discussed their vision of this TDA, the history of the project and its possible future. But more importantly, I used an early prototype. I don't know if this TDA will be a success, but one thing is sure: it's real. Read this interview for more details."

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Real (0, Offtopic)

Pikhq (728580) | more than 10 years ago | (#9770971)

It's real! Hurray!
And their was much rejoicing. Yay.

YHBT (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9770974)

RR, the submitter is a known troll.

YHBT, YHL, HAND.

Yipes! (2, Funny)

simetra (155655) | more than 10 years ago | (#9770975)

Did anyone else read that as a Michael Jackson thing at first - Jackito Tactile?

Re:Yipes! (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771018)

I did...I thought it said Tito, :)

Re:Yipes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771110)

You're new around here, aren't you?

Re:Yipes! (1)

MarsDefenseMinister (738128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771187)

I think that they left the characters 'ff' off the end of the name by accident. So, is anyone else creeped out by this little insight into the mind of a marketer?

Re:Yipes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771208)

I thought it said "Chiquita, the Tactile Banana" ...

That was funny... (0)

GSPride (763993) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771764)

last week when it was a reply to the orginal story.

In other news . . . (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9770979)

A week ago, I decided to blogspam [weblogs.com] Slashdot. [slashdot.org] Several Slashdot readers called me out on it [slashdot.org] , and began to question the length of my penis. I also had serious doubts. But as neither my ego nor my hit-counter have been satisfied, not to mention I'm French, I decided to do it again. And I spent several hours concocting this piece of crap. [slashdot.org] I also discus my vision of using Slashdot as a personal popularity vehicle. But more importantly, I'm generating hits on my blog. I don't know if I'll be a success, but one thing is sure: Slashbots will buy it, hook, line, and sinker. Read this drivel for more details.

Brain damage indeed. (1)

Genghis Troll (158585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9770981)

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhuanet) -- A young monkey at an Israeli zoo has started walking on its hind legs only, like humans, after a near death experience.

Natasha, a 5-year-old black macaque at the Safari Park near Tel Aviv, was diagnosed with severe stomach flu with three other monkeys and slipped into critical condition two weeks ago. CRIENGLISH.com reported Thursday.

After intensive treatment, her condition stabilized. But to everyone's surprise, when she was released from the clinic, she began walking upright like a human.

Her veterinarian says the only possible explanation is that the monkey suffered brain damage from the illness.

jackito? (0)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 10 years ago | (#9770982)

isn't that spanish for michael jackson's baby?

Re:jackito? (1)

Ari_Haviv (796424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771036)

I thought it was Jackie Chan's new martial art

Re:jackito? (1)

gg3po (724025) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771093)

In order to do a correct diminutive form in Spanish, it would have to be spelled "jaquito". I'm sure you were just dying to know. :-)

Whats the big deal? (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9770988)

Whats the big deal with this product? What is more innovative about this then say a crackberry? I mean black berry :) -A

Re:Whats the big deal? (2, Informative)

baudilus (665036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771211)

If ever there were a poster-boy for the acronym 'RTFA.' you sir, are it.

From their site:

Thumbs-only
> No stylus or handwriting recognition
> No mechanical buttons or keyboard

Fully customizable
> Removable front cover
> Control panels
> Multiple virtual keyboards

Totally reliable PDA
> Backups on memory cards
> Data automatically saved in internal Flash memory


Colour me 'enabler.'

Re:Whats the big deal? (3, Insightful)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771332)

I did RTFA article. Don't assume, you make yourself look like an ass.
I could already use my PDA without a stylus - I have used a pen, keys, my fingers.
Handwriting recognition is useful and someone can be really practiced at it that the speed is quite fast. Also many PDA's have a keyboard feature. Removing front cover - ok this is about as cool as changing the faceplate on a phone (big whoop).
Multiple virtual keyboard? Is this anything like the touch-keyboard that PDA's have now a days?
No such thing as "totally reliable" if you believe that then i have a proposition for you - some money has come my way from Nigeria.
I backup my PDA everytime it hits the cradle.
So whats the big deal with this thing? The only new attraction is that it totally omits the need for stylus and lets you have two touch points at once....cute but not worth $600.00
-A

It doesn't exist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771342)

Details of this TDA has only been released by this Roland Piquepaille fellow who is a known fraud.

Until someone, say Wired, Anandtech, or Toms Hardware, gets a hand on this, there is no reason to believe any of it. He is probably a shill for the company paid to astroturf the company to attract investors to defraud.

Re:Whats the big deal? (1)

AltaMannen (568693) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771719)

This may be real or not, but the real disadvantage of using your thumbs to run a PDA is that the thumb is blocking the view and you need to constantly move your thumb out of the way in order to see what you want to press. A stylus also blocks but it is much smaller and much less frustrating. This is the reason I don't use fingers on my PDA and if my PDA didn't have a stylus I'd use a pen.

Yeah, Whats the big deal? My Palm can do this. (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771726)

I did RTFA but I could not view the video (/.-ed probably) My Palm will do this. I usually use my fingertips for a quick search and don't bother pulling out the stylus. If app designers made buttons and scrollbars bigger, and the Palm had a bit more screen real estate this kind of interface would be more universal.

Well, more power to them if it's a real product. But who in their right mind is going to put down an advance? I have friends making a similar product and they way to get into this market is to get someone like UPS or a public utility's meter readers to advance-order 100,000 at a time.

Obligatory (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9770994)

But as both the company behind this TDA, Novinit, and myself are French, I decided to investigate

You misspelled "surrender."

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771136)

The first funny post for this story! Thank you!

Re:Obligatory (1)

Ari_Haviv (796424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771186)

don't worry, there will be no shortage of funny posts for this story!

Re:Obligatory (1)

ViceClown (39698) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771167)

Holy crap... that was hilarious :-)

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771171)

Thank you, AC, for making me spew Orange Slice from my nose in laughter. As if I needed to know what feels like...

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771243)

He's French, not a Vietnam-losing Yank.

Re:Obligatory (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771297)

france satrated the war and lost the vietnam and surrendered in the 50's before switching sides (check france-indochina war)

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771358)

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771388)

And france was the reason for the vietnam war in the first place.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771285)

Good stuff...

Before SWG went live, the French players unofficially picked a server they could all play on. The running joke was would the rebels or the alliance surrender first.

Re:Obligatory (1)

RichardX (457979) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771299)

And you misspelled "Freedom Fries"

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771545)

..and there is the answer to this earlier post [slashdot.org] , on omitting "FF" from the their product's name, the Jackito. The FF model will be marketed towards pro-war americans ;)

Re:Obligatory (4, Insightful)

Sanity (1431) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771370)

You misspelled "surrender."
This whole anti-French thing is getting really old, particularly now that it turns out that they were pretty much on-the-money about the unreliability of the intelligence on Saddam's WMDs.

Re:Obligatory (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771405)

This whole anti-French thing is getting really old. . .

Indeed, Julius Caeser indulged in it. When something gets that old we give it new name:

Tradition.

KFG

Re:Obligatory (1)

Talonius (97106) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771409)

Yea, but you're assuming the bias existed only because of the WMD stance. (Which you are correct on, by the way; I am not disputing that.)

The anti French jokes have been a running joke in my circle of friends since I began strategy war gaming eighteen years ago. For us it started when we began attempting to be the first to invade France... because we wouldn't take any losses from fighting white flags.

So... it may be old, but it's good to have running jokes.

Re:Obligatory (1)

Sanity (1431) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771504)

So... it may be old, but it's good to have running jokes.
I have heard plenty of running jokes about jews, muslims, and blacks - but thankfully /. isn't the type of place where such jokes are tolerated. I don't really see why insults to the French should be treated any differently.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771541)

Umm, how about because they suck? Not to mention, it's their attitude people hate, not their race or color.

Re:Obligatory (2, Insightful)

Vox Humana (580533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771728)

Now, if you wanted to trash 'mericuns, well, that's a different matter.

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Ari_Haviv (796424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771428)

you mean all the sarin and mustard gas that was found in Iraq? I bet you didn't know about...or the thousands of people who died in France last summer because everyone else was on vacation?

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771691)

Someone should force you to inhale mustard gas, you absolute fucking idiot. Go to hell.

Re:Obligatory (0)

meeotch (524339) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771499)

"I, er, stand by my racial slur."

mitch

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771578)

The French have been capitulating since before your parents were born.

Re:Obligatory (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771685)

dude, they were not. Just becase the ny times wont report the finding of WMD does not mean that there were none. This AP article [usatoday.com] was not on headlines in the US, wonder why?.

Re:Obligatory (0, Offtopic)

eboot (697478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771738)

Two ageing Sarin warheads? Doesnt sound like a mobile chemical weapon laboratory to me. I seem to remember that being on the news but when they realised it was two ancient sarin warheads they all shut up about it because it was more than likely an administrative error as opposed to a 'secret chemical weapons cache'

Re:Obligatory (0, Offtopic)

pocket_monkey (783974) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771784)

Some of us are English and we've never liked the French, WMD's or not.

Re:Obligatory (3, Insightful)

domQ (760908) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771389)

You misspelled "surrender."

Still laughing at this joke when you have had ample evidence in these columns that M. Chirac was right on this Iraq thing (arguably for the only time in his career but still)? When will both of our nations cease competing for being the most stupid on earth? Sheesh.

P.S.: Roland Piquepaille is real, but don't trust me on that, use Google. Oh, and you misspelt "misspelt" by the way.

Building trust (2, Insightful)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771016)

add wi-fi capabilities, and rename it to Hackito, and your company will be a step closer to the PDA world domination :)

Re:Building trust (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771237)

PDA world domination
They said its NOT a PDA and that they arn't interesting in competing with PDAs. This is a totally new device.

-grin- Thats what they said atleast.

Real? (1)

_14k4 (5085) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771020)

Well, so's Nigeria. And so's all that money I have coming my way from there!

alright now fellas! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771031)

what's cooler than being cool?!

Re:alright now fellas! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771441)

Ice Cold?

Re:alright now fellas! (1)

narcc (412956) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771550)

Being me.

A TDA I would buy (-1, Troll)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771038)

A robotic Pam Anderson (with thigh-fu grip!). Now THAT'S tactile!!!

Re:A TDA I would buy (0, Offtopic)

Ari_Haviv (796424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771069)

yes but jackito is "real" unlike most of Pamela Anderson

Re:A TDA I would buy (-1, Offtopic)

baudilus (665036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771252)

Here's Pam without make-up [ebaumsworld.com] . Kinda makes you want to rethink your whole idea, now doesn't it?

Re:A TDA I would buy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771311)

If that doesn't, the hepatitis should...

Roland the Plogger, again (0, Troll)

Animats (122034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771040)

It's Roland the Plogger again, pumping up his hits so he can sell ads on his blog.

But at least he actually went out and did some work. Usually, he just writes clueless re-hashes of published articles.

Re:Roland the Plogger, again (2, Interesting)

enforcer999 (733591) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771103)

It's Roland the Plogger again, pumping up his hits so he can sell ads on his blog. But at least he actually went out and did some work. Usually, he just writes clueless re-hashes of published articles. I was wondering why everyone was being so hostile to this article. Thanks for the information.

Re:Roland the Plogger, again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771437)

Because it reeks of FRAUD.

So far, only ONE GUY has been plugging this TDA and only ONE GUY has talked to the company or find out anything more about this TDA.

How many people have to get defrauded before you will see how this is a poorly done scam?

Not a troll really. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771182)

He's got a valid point, Roland is just one hell of an annoying guy.

Why is this a troll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771382)

You tell me. Where is the independent verification, where is the review by Wired or AP?

How do I know this isn't a shill?

All well and good but (4, Informative)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771081)

How do we know Roland Piquepaille is real? Having a blog you like to link to from slashdot is hardly proof of identity.

Not Really Going Anywhere... (4, Interesting)

johnhennessy (94737) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771100)


I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but the PDA market (and Tablet PC market for that matter) isn't really going to take off (in the way it should take off) until we can give people more than the 72/100 dots per inch on the screen.

Its hard to convince people to completly drop paper when any standard laser will spit out printouts at 600dpi (or greater) yet the best displays are still only pitched at 100 dpi.

If you had a choice, which would you pick ?

The same applies to the sensitivity of the touch-screen.

Re:Not Really Going Anywhere... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771221)

the PDA market (and Tablet PC market for that matter) isn't really going to take off (in the way it should take off) until we can give people more than the 72/100 dots per inch on the screen

What the hell are you talking about? PDA's were never designed to "convince people to completely drop paper". The functions that a pda serves has nothing to do with dpi of displays. PDA's are all about the three F's, functionality and form factor. Deliver a reasonable set of functionality in a "convenient" form factor. If the Sony Clie shipped with a 300dpi 3"x5" screen, do you think that they would have taken over the world? Bet not.

Re:Not Really Going Anywhere... (1)

stienman (51024) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771529)

If you had a choice, which would you pick ?

When I'm in a setting where paper makes sense (and I don't have lots of large screens just laying around) then I choose paper.

Otherwise (and far more often than the paper setting) I enjoy carrying 300MB of books, contacts, and other assorted data around with me that I can access, edit, add to, or remove with a few seconds of work.

I also carry my laptop for longer sessions of adding/editing and internet access.

600dpi for contact and appointment info and reference reading is inappropiate. It'll come eventually, but only when it doesn't cost lots of power, size, weight, durability, etc.

-Adam

Re:Not Really Going Anywhere... (1)

rjamestaylor (117847) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771535)

Compared to a PDA, paper has better resolution - if it is writing or printing paper. Tissue paper is not so resolute when displaying ink points.

Your body has a finer sensitivity than a PDA -- unless you're using your nose, which is not an easy thing to use in place of a finger when writing.

Reaim the marketing to the snot-removal industry and you may be on to something.

  • Piquito Tactile: Giving people a choice to pick when they choose to pick.

Re:Not Really Going Anywhere... (1)

joeykiller (119489) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771661)

I agree with your conclusion, but not the reason why. The PDA market isn't really going to take off unless the mobile phone market goes away.

Cell phones are getting more and more PDA features for each new generation. Most people have never owned a PDA, and what they find in their cell phones are more than enough to satisfy the needs of the vast majority.

Paper, paper, paper. Always paper. (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771724)

I like PnP organizers. They're cheap, versatile, and nobody will steal them unless they want your data. I can drop mine, get it wet(ish), drill a hole through it, or leave it in the lobby overnight.

It will work right away and requires no batteries. It automatically intergrates with every single device I own. If I want to use it to email a contact, all I have to do is open my book next to a computer and type the email address I have written down into any email program. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. It will seamlessly integrate into legacy analog machines (e.g. the phone network) using the same interface.

I can even rip out a page and hand someone a note if I really want to. What's the PDA equivalent - giving someone the battery cover?

Best of all, they're a fraction of the price of the electronic versions. I can get an organizer for $0 (from my old University).

I've been called a bad example by other Engineers. "Wait, you're an Electrical Engineer and you don't have a cell phone or a PDA?" I just like paper. It's easier to use and works with any number of contacts. (How many of the "hundreds" of people in your PDA have you called this week? This month?)

Obligatory joke (0, Offtopic)

DungeonCoder (796682) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771122)

I, for one, welcome our new tectile overlord.

wondering aloud (1)

chimericalburst (726539) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771143)

i can already use my fingers as a stylus on my iPAQ. i found that my pinky fingernail works great as a stylus. that being said, how is this new?

weird device, but neat idea (1)

PeterChenoweth (603694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771149)

Looks a little strange. I do like the fact that they seem to let you customize it however you want, B&W or color screen, memory size, built-in modules. That would be pretty neat to custom build your own PDA just as you can custom build your own PC.

Re:weird device, but neat idea (1)

PeterChenoweth (603694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771235)

After reading more of their website and watching the video, no it really isn't. After watching the (clearly edited together) video it looks entirely too funky. $600 is absurd for such a thing, $99.95 is more like it.

ObNit (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771162)

Now a Jackito is 20 times smaller, 20 times cheaper, and consumes 60 times less energy.

What does that mean? 60 times less? The reference is a device that used 9 Watts. One time less would be 0 Watts. (9 - 9*1 = 0) Does 60 times less mean the device yields 531 Watts?

Maybe he means one-sixteth. Hopefully this was the CEO talking and not the CTO.

Re:ObNit (1)

Blue-Footed Boobie (799209) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771242)

the device yields 531 Watts?
Finally, the first Over-Unity PDA!

Re:ObNit (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771264)

so 20 times smaller means its in a reverse universe? Come on you know what it means. It means 9/60
why exactly people say it that way is kinda confusing I guess.

Re:ObNit (1)

JonBob (556956) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771434)

The grandparent is correct; "20 times smaller" is just plain wrong. But even newspapers have problems with this error, which gives some copy editors fits [theslot.com] .

Re:ObNit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771417)

It means that you have problems with elementary math and logic.

Cool Idea (2)

Oriumpor (446718) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771170)

Except, for a company behind it's release schedule it's bad form not to update your schedule on your companies website. It makes it look like you have a product, but aren't selling it.

CEO seems like a Newbies (1)

luugi (150586) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771195)

I'm not sure how well this company is going to do. Reading the interview it's clear that they're making huge mistakes marketing wise.

Hopefully they learn from their mistakes fast.

Seems really unprofessional (2, Interesting)

billstewart (78916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771508)

There are two cases - either they're a scam or they're not. If they're not, then they've got a bunch of problems:
  • Asking for a deposit upfront sounds a lot like they don't actually have enough working capital for the orders they're getting, and don't have enough credit line of their own to cover it either. Companies that start off with inadequate amounts of capital are almost always doomed, so even if they don't _intend_ to be a scam that takes your money and runs, they can still take your money and crash.
  • Not having web-page credit cards support ready when they launched the product means (at best) that they're not willing to delay their web page launch for a day or two while they arrange with one of the hundreds of online credit-card-handling services out there. They seem to have fixed that now, but especially when they're asking for a dubious-looking up-front deposit, it's hard to inspire trust...
  • "Escrow accounts" can be real, or can be a fake rip-off. Their web page doesn't name any actual escrow service provider, so it sounds like they're just keeping the money themselves.

Tinfoil hat (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771204)

Or is it? Should I investigate whether this is similar to JBoss astroturfing? How do we know you aren't an employee (tongue firmly implanted in cheek)

Are people actually going to buy one? (1)

Klar (522420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771248)

From the demo on their website, that this doesn't look like it would be easy to use at all. It looks more like a gameboy than a pda. Looks like you have to drag your thumbs on the screen to choose menu's and options. I know I won't be buying one...

Re:Are people actually going to buy one? (1)

solive1 (799249) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771334)

I actually said the same thing. How is this useful at all? Typing on a miniature alphabetized keyboard with your thumbs? I'd take a stylus any day over that. The problem with the thumb thing is that it's not like anything else we currently use (other than a Gameboy). Some people may like this, but most people go for something familiar. A stylus is familar, it's just a pen without any ink, and it can be used like a mouse too. However, are most business professionals going to buy something that works like a Gameboy? I don't think so.

Re:Are people actually going to buy one? (1)

Sique (173459) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771475)

From the interview, it is supposed to be more a Gameboy than a PDA. So it actually holds this promise :)

what? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771263)

isn't it a bad idea to mention that you're french?

Any other correlation? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771267)

The submitter is a long known troll.. I don't trust this for one minute.

I can't believe that Slashdot would run this story without some type of vertification from multiple sources.

When it gets proven that this is a total fraud, don't say I didn't worn you.

Re:Any other correlation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771328)

I can't believe that Slashdot would run this story ...

Comic relief?

Re:Any other correlation? (1)

Bellyflop (681305) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771352)

I'm still not convinced either. I think it's fake, but I guess you can rely on credit card's fraud protection if you want to take the risk. It looks like the the payment form really does go to Banque Populaire.

Re:Any other correlation? (1)

MarsDefenseMinister (738128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771551)

The name of the product is the Jackito(ff). I think you're right.

Re:Any other correlation? (0, Offtopic)

stienman (51024) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771679)

And you, of course, are posting as an anonymous coward, giving something as fact and not giving us verification from multiple sources?

You could be right, but at this point he's identified himself, and you're hiding. Who would you trust in this situation?

-Adam

Since It's French... (1)

dcw3 (649211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771321)

...we'll have to change PDA to mean Patriot Digital Assistant.

Just kidding.

Re:Since It's French... (1)

Ari_Haviv (796424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771356)

shouldn't that be Pusillanimous?

Maybe I'm Odd, But... (1)

00Sovereign (106393) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771407)

did anybody else read that as "Tactical PDA?" Which then begs the question, what would a tactical PDA have as accessories? Stylus that doubles as a stun gun? IR port that doubles as a LASER weapon? Explosive batteries?

Spam vs. Reality (2, Insightful)

toetagger1 (795806) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771411)

Oh Great! Now we are at the point where we have NO WAY to distinguish between a GOOD SPAM and a REAL Bussines. This is one of the next big issues on the internet: Credibility. I know it has been an issue all along, but it is slowly moving more into the forground of the battles fought out in public.

You've got very good looking (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9771430)

thumbs for a guy!!!

Sure You Did, Pal... (1)

Dr. Dew (219113) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771438)

But as both the company behind this TDA, Novinit, and myself are French, I decided to investigate and contacted the company. And I spent several hours with the CEO and the CTO.

Right. This is July! There aren't any French people in France. Just Germans. The French are in Spain, half-or-more-naked, overturning tomato trucks.

...or at least, that's how it looks from here in 'murrica, where we milk our two weeks of vacation and wonder why Europe doesn't return our phone calls all summer. ;-)

Interesting.... (2, Interesting)

Spyro VII (666885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771516)

However, even if it's not a sham, it still seems like pretty shady business. Besides, how is it that only this Rolad fellow seems to know anything about it's existence (while of course having no ties to the actual company)?

Misread the first three times... (1)

daveman_1 (62809) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771558)

I thought this was a tactical PDA. I clicked the link, fully expecting to see a PDA with a hardened outer shell and fully waterproof... Now that is something I could use... :-)

Saw a braille PDA at the bus station the other day (3, Interesting)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771660)

Funny thing...not long after reading the original article about this PDA, I was at the city bus transfer station waiting for the bus...and I happened to see a fellow fiddling with something that looked a lot like that Jackito PDA illustration. At least, it had a similar form factor and the braille strip in the same place, even though it wasn't identical. So, I can't speak for the Jackito PDA--heck, I'm not even entirely sure that what the guy was fiddling with was a PDA--but I can say I've seen someone using something that looked a lot like the picture of that thing. Didn't get to ask him about it, because he put it away and went to catch the bus I got off of.

Re:Saw a braille PDA at the bus station the other (1)

scrytch (9198) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771741)

Possibly it was a hiptop? [engadget.com] Or heck, maybe it was a Newton.

and the story was corroborated by ... (1, Offtopic)

scrytch (9198) | more than 10 years ago | (#9771699)

...the submitter of the first story!

Way to go Slashdot. Those night school lessons in journalism must really be paying dividends.
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