Thursday, February 23, 2006
Origami Project? - What the heck is it?
There seems to be a lot of speculation floating about around a new website that Microsoft just launched: http://www.origamiproject.com/. Not much detail at all on the site (quite a tease), but it tells folks to check back on 3/2 and then there is a 3rd week option, probably 3/9….will be interesting to watch. Meanwhile,
Scoble is saying that it is a “device”…. Speculation is running the gamut – read below for a list:
I do know that Origami is the code-name for a new kind of device. Oh, heck, here come the NDA police, gotta go! … – Scoble
Network World is running this article on it as well with supposedly with some info from a “source”: From Network World (where they link to Engadget who links to my article blogging the mobile brief). Network World also links to my article from here
Fortunately, we know someone who knows for certain. According to an industry source who has seen the thing and calls it "very cool," Origami is one and the same with this ultraportable "lifestyle PC" we were talking about here earlier today. This source is under NDA, an honest fellow and unwilling to share more than his help connecting the dots.
Earlier this month, the author of a blog called Engadget described the device this way: "According to at least one report, Bill Mitchell, Corporate Vice President of the Mobile Platform Division, showed a slide that outlined specs for the new PC category, including that it be wearable, always on, no larger than 10-inches, connected through 3G networks, pen-based, and have a suggested retail price of $500 or less. … One notable spec that could differentiate this one: Microsoft is apparently insisting that this run the full version of Windows." - Network World
Another commenter on Scoble’s blog claims that it a mobile phone.
Another commenter on Scoble’s blog says:
The buzz around is that this could be a specialised communicator device based on a National Semiconductor’s design originally presented during the COMDEX
Guess we’ll all find out soon. Meanwhile there are a lot of links coming in to my blog...
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