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Andy Sjostrom
03-13-2003, 10:18 AM
Tom Lynch, chief of Motorola's handset division, reveals what I believe is the hottest news this year. Motorola will eventually start using Microsoft software in their handsets. Mr Lynch says that Linux and Java will be its preferred platform, but he says he expects to use Microsoft based software as well. I wrote in the <a href="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7026">"Motorola Rocks n' Rolls"</a> post in January about eight new Motorola handset models to be released this year. This is the kind of broad hardware innovation that I have asked for to evolve around Microsoft software. Very, very cool.<br /><br />"Motorola last week launched the first handset based on Linux and java software and Lynch said this would be its preferred platform for a future generation of smarter phones, which will connect to email, play games and have other data applications. "Linux/java is our core, our flagship product, but we'll also do other ones," he said, adding he expects to use Microsoft software too. "And we don't do that grudgingly. We understand they're going to be a major player." Read the <a href="http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/ticker/article.asp?Symbol=US:MSFT&Feed=RTR&Date=20030219&ID=2327112<br />" target="_blank">entire article...</a><br /><br />A couple of days ago frog design inc. reported that they have "teamed with Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT), a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronics solutions, to create a family of fashionable wearable devices representing the next generation of personal computing and wireless communications." The press release contains a couple of cool pictures of prototype products. Looks like Windows CE to me! Read <a href="http://www.frogdesign.com/company/news_press/press_releases/2003/pr046.html">the press release...</a><br /><br />For more pictures of these new Motorola products, go and visit the <a href="http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/moto_wearables/">excellent Phone Scoop</a>.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/ps_01.jpg" />

03-13-2003, 11:56 AM
So when will there be a PocketPCThoughts competition where one might win a set of all of these ultra-cool looking device`? ;)

03-13-2003, 12:27 PM
Cool check out that BT earphone (earbud) from the Phone Scoop link, looks even smaller than my BlueSpoons. Just be sure not to jab the wrong, pointy metallic end, into your ear drum...

(direct link: http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/moto_wearables/dont_link_here/earbuds.jpg -- mods please remove if this violates linking policy, I'm clueless)

03-13-2003, 01:29 PM
Oh good grief! Look out James Bond, here I come! I can just imagine picking up the chicks wearing the cool looking "wristable" and those specticals! :) Not to mention the BT Digi Cam clipped onto your lapel! :halfrobot:

03-13-2003, 02:20 PM
I knew it! I knew it!

I know I had to mention that in the other thread... umm ooops it was in pda ave...

The WDA runs the Smartphone 2002!

Look at it closely!


03-13-2003, 04:04 PM
Any expected ship dates?

Janak Parekh
03-13-2003, 04:23 PM
One downer on this set of Bluetooth-enabled Smartphone + accessories: they're not CDMA, they're not GSM -- they're iDEN, i.e., Nextel.


Jonathon Watkins
03-13-2003, 06:20 PM
Goggles: Integrated into the frame of exciting, stylish sports eyewear, this device incorporates a heads-up display, digital camera, ear bud and microphone. Due to the power requirements, there is a tethered cord that runs out the back to an external power supply. You can view 800 X 600 displays while simultaneously staying in touch with the world around you.

8O Wow - this tech is availible now! 8O

How much? 8O

Edit: Cancel that.

The design is only a concept at this point, although Motorola is preparing for user testing, and plans to bring a product based on the design to market within two years

More vapourware. :?

Sven Johannsen
03-13-2003, 06:45 PM
I note that with the combination of the button camera and the heads up goggle display, Fathers can have the same capabilities Mothers have had all along....eyes in the back of their heads.