Computers

by Mike Masnick




More MiniPCs - But You Still Can't Buy One

from the willing-to-beta-test-here dept

Just last week we were talking about all those companies building very cool looking fully powered handheld computers that you couldn't buy, and now there's one more to add to the list. Paul Allen is backing a company called FlipStart, which is working on yet another different miniPC design. This one basically just looks like a laptop that has been shrunk down to a quarter of the size and fits in your palm. It definitely looks cool, but does anyone else remember that IBM sold machines that looked exactly like this in Japan years ago? At the time, the theory was that not enough people really wanted such a tiny PC in the US. Have times changed? In the meantime, this is yet another company that has announced a cool looking miniPC, but hasn't actually sold one yet. Will any of these products ever hit the market?

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    Precision Blogger, 18 Feb 2004 @ 9:39am

    Mini PCs really ARE coming, but from another direc

    The irony about all these attempts to reduce laptops to smaller PCs or tablets, is that mini PCs really ARE coming, one realistic step at a time. It's the PDA business that will create them. Resolution is gradually increasing on the little screens. Technology is coming to improve keyboard input. After awhile we'll have "float in the air" displays that are bigger and easier to read.

    This is a slow evolution, but almost every step of it makes money, instead of eating gigantic chunks of gullible venture capital money to make no-shows.


    - The Precision Blogger
    http://precision-blogging.blogspot.com

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