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#1 Nvyseal

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 06:20 PM

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'll go on sale in April 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 cellphones, 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.

"This is much more of an object of desire, if you will," Berkes said. "Similar to picking up a cellphone, it's not just the utility of the product but the design, what that design says about you, particularly since you'll use it in a setting that's much more social, like this one."

At Vivace, Berkes tapped the free Wi-Fi to show key features of the device, in this case a Samsung Q1, which will list for $1,000 to $1,200.

Seattle Times

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:45 PM

look how big it is,it would get stolen here in the uk,not very trendy,might as well get a laptop or psp

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 08:51 PM

everything gets ******* stolen in the UK

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 11:50 AM

i like it myself. The idea of something smaller than a laptop and bigger than a PDA appeals to me. Its mobility without the cost of accessibility.

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 07:45 PM

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it would get stolen here in the uk
Steal one and send it to me...........I love this toy and i really want to have one

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:39 PM

I think it looks beautiful!!! 100% awesome I can't wait to get one!

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:54 PM

exactly my thoughts, tis a great device :)

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 09:05 AM

I think it has the ideal size for using it as a multimedia device aswell. PSP is just too small to watch a movie and enjoy it at the same time!

Edited by ExQlusive, 09 April 2006 - 09:05 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:07 PM

This would be great for someone who has a lot of cars or rents cars and needs GPS <_<




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