Origami Buzz Makes OQO Try To Remind People Of Its Existence

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Okay, so now that everyone is realizing that all the buzz and hype over the last week for the Microsoft Origami project really wasn’t deserved at all (it’s just a mini-tablet, people), it seems that some of the other mini-computer companies, of which there have been plenty, are trying to remind the world that they exist. The OQO is, of course, the most well known in the space, having first been announced in early 2002, but which was vaporware for years, until it launched late 2004. Of course, once it launched, it received terrible reviews (perhaps being twice the originally promised price, with a lot fewer features didn’t help) and hasn’t done much since. However, today, as all the buzz starts up about the Origami device, OQO was able to get a story on the wires about how its VC backers still believe in it. That’s quite a weird article. It’s not about the device doing well, or having anything special new coming along — but, basically, how it’s failed but it’s investors still hope that somehow they’ll figure out how to turn it into something — even as there’s a lot more competition on the market.


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AC says:

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Okay, so now that everyone is realizing that all the buzz and hype over the last week for the Microsoft Origami project really wasn’t deserved at all (it’s just a mini-tablet, people),

How can you say that!

After all, we?re talking about a mini-tablet with a TOUCH SCREEN in a New Size ? something that?s never existed in the storied history of mankind. Move over, sliced bread, it?s the Origami project!

Years from now you can tell your great-grandchildren that you were there when this technological marvel graced our presence.

Thankfully it wasn?t in a shiny white box from apple, the excitement would have been too much to bear.

Mark Nielsen says:

Re: No Subject Given

I hate to dispute this quote ” After all, we?re talking about a mini-tablet with a TOUCH SCREEN in a New Size ? something that?s never existed in the storied history of mankind.” but that exactly OQO’s point.

The OQO is a better form-factor, with a TOUCH SCREEN option. The biggest problem is the price is much tougher to swallow for home users and enterprises will treat this as a new form of PDA (wait and see personal growth before we adopt type of approach).

Ben says:

Are you kidding?

This thing looks awesome. Its just big enough that you can watch video and pictures on it. and with a full operating system. It may not have a huge hard drive or dvd player but it does have USB ports so link it with your PC and your set. The only down side i really see is that the battery life isn’t that long, but look for that to change in the coming year. Buy a slingbox with it and you can watch your TiVo anywhere you get internet. Maybe I’m over looking some down sides but I think this thing will be awesome.

fil says:

Missing the point

Microsoft and Intel are bringing credibility to this market by entering it.

The are stating that there is a huge population that want an ultramobile PC.

Definitions vary, but it’s a full functioning PC that can be brought everywhere with you. Even the toilet…hehe

OQO may be over priced for now, but they are trying to make changes to lower their cost and make it more affordable for the enterprise.

I believe that most UMPCs and OQO will become the main PC device for people in the future.

It’s incredibly powerful to be able to have a full PC with you.

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