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  • Otto Berkes - Origami's Architect gives first look at Ultramobile PCs


    I wish Microsoft reached out to the current handtop community before deploying this technology.

    There is a large number of people that have been aspiring for truly mobile PC technology since the first Toshiba Libretto,  Sony Picturebooks, Fujitsu B and P-series, when Palm and the PocketPC came out, the new breed of smartphones such as the Treo, and the new breed of handtop devices such as the Sony U and OQO.

    I'm on Microsoft Mobile PC Advisory Council.
    I own a Sony U.
    I own an OQO.
    And I'm a moderator at

    Although I've been excited to see the Origami announcements, I see several weaknesses in the current designs.

    Derek Brown did a wonderful job in the PPC community, trying to evangelize and get feedback from the community.

    The huge barriers that remain for mobile handtop technology are:
    - Cost
    - Battery life
    - Cellular wireless connectivity
    - Storage (size, NAND storage, etc.)