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    the only problems that really needed to be addressed by major chunks of hardware were:

    -some people would like a full size keyboard
    -some people would like a bigger screen

    The keyboard issue is already solved by a handful of bluetooth keyboard options.

    The revolutionary new piece(s) of hardware should have been:

    1. bluetooth LCD panels in models ranging from six to seventeen inches
    2. a 'hub' feature or separate device that would allow you to pair with more than one (bluetooth, or WUSB) device at a time (or build this functionality into the treo to begin with)

    Palm would then (only) need to update the treo with a few long requested features:

    -faster processor
    -wifi
    -updated operating system (linux with proper multi-tasking, garnet compatiblity layer for support of the thousands of existing applications, JVM to open up to a whole world of applications already available)

    I really think the hub idea really could have been the next big thing (whether via bluetooth, or private wifi, wireless usb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_USB , or some new category of short range wireless) -- users could combine the hardware pieces they want to get their own truly personal configuration. Hopefully the multi component communication layer ("bluetooth hub", or whatever) would be an open specification that would allow for many vendors to jump in with their offerings.

    - the business user adds a keyboard and ten inch LCD
    - the grandmother starts with a qwerty-less treo (more basic phone model) and adds a six inch LCD carried in her purse to show off pictures of the grandkids
    - the teenager adds a fourteen inch LCD and a CD/DVD reader
    - the uber-geek adds cyber-sunglasses with LCD built into the lenses and stereo headphones coming out of the
    - the conference room is equipped with a wireless "docking station" that provides access to the LAN and projector
    - the traveler interfaces with a GPS that is the size of a flash drive, and can use the screen on his treo when really on the run, or can direct mapping software to use the dash-mounted six inch LCD in the car's hands free setup
    (and without losing the ability to make calls at the same time)

    oh well, maybe someday...
    Last edited by zachofalltrades; 05/31/2007 at 06:43 AM. Reason: topical subject line
  2.    #2  
    divergent devices roundup:

    start with a smart phone:
    -new processor/chipset
    -New OS: ALP or something, anything! As long as it inlcudes:
    -multitasking (especially with simultaneous audio/video and other applications
    -a java implementation
    -native application SDK on day one (or day -90)
    -garnet compatibility layer
    -cellular phone that can operate simultaneously with data connection
    -data connection via various carrier's high speed wireless networks
    -802.11b/g
    -usb host mode w/standard cabling
    + NEW KILLER FEATURE: WUSB for peripherals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_USB


    available form factors:
    1. traditional treo
    2. smaller flip phone with a more traditional phone numeric keypad
    3. largescreen model much like the the lifedrive or apple iPhone

    peripherals:
    - LCD touch/no touch in various sizes
    - keyboards
    - speakers
    - AV interface to home multimedia equipment
    - optical drive

    even better:
    make the peripherals capable of using each other without having a central hub of PC or phone

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