Say whatever you want about Newton and all the bad press it got, but Newton in 1997 had already most of this, HWR and GUI wise
That is what makes this effort even more impressing.
Efter Newton tried natural handwriting recognition - and failed miserably - not too many wanted to follow down that path.
Doonesbury 28th August 1993:
[Mike gets a phone call]
- Mike? Bellows Here!
- Mr Bellows! Good to hear from you, Sir!
- Listen, Mike, I Might have a small project
I can Throw your way...
- That's great Sir!
- How about a working lunch? When are your free?
- Well, Let me see... How about today Sir?
- No can do. I've got a one o'clock with BDIPPL at Cafe FWIBLOB.
- Hey, You got a digital assistant too, Sir?
As far as I can remember this was one of the reasons Palm decided to let the user learn "Grafitti" instead of the user teaching the unit. I'm very impressed by this demo. It looks like they've done some hard work improving it.
I think the question is a bit unfair. It's abit like asking someone if they like world peace. You can't really say "no".
Anyway, I'm curious about to what extent it matters WHO makes the suggestions. If two guys working at Intel says X, and 2000 home users say it's a horrible idea - who do you listen to? What I'm basicly getting at is how much "money talks", and how much is the
technical merit is worth. I know this question is equally unfair and hard to answer.
I like watching these clips from the interview with Brad. It looks to me like he really enjoy his work and got passion for the technology. I find that inspiring.
This change of mentality he talk about is a move in the right direction. I just hope technical journalists out there don't destroy this Glasnost. They have a tendency to blow even the slightest bit of hint of a rumour into war size headlines.