Sunday, April 09, 2006

Origami handheld computers up close

Nothing really new in this article from the Seattle Times

The crowd at Seattle’s Espresso Vivace Roasteria barely noticed, but Otto Berkes was there recently using one of the first models of Microsoft’s super-hyped “Origami” handheld computers.

Berkes led development of the concept, software and design guidelines that computer makers are using to build the devices. They go on sale this month as Ultra-Mobile PCs — Origami was a code name — for about $1,000.

Microsoft and the PC industry want the devices to become as handy as cell phones, as common as laptops and as cool as iPods, but analysts say the price has to come down first.

Berkes, who helped develop the Xbox, hopes they open up avenues for the PC to evolve in new directions.


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