Intel showed some "future innovations" today, though most of them weren't anything you'd actually be able to put in your pocket anytime soon. Demonstrators were quick to explain to me that I would never see the exact products they were showing, but hopefully, sometime in the next 3-5 years, we'd see something similar. In terms of hardware, there was something called The Ruby, a complete PC running XP about a tad bigger than a PDA. This included wireless capabilites and of course, Centrino mobile technology. The biggest problem with something this small is heat, so Intel is focusing mainly on low-power efficiency rather than just minaturization. Very cool, though I'd definitely bring a bigger keyboard if I ever planned on actually working on this thing.
Another little diddy I saw was called the Bishop Rock (not quite sure why). Again, it was quickly pointed out that this was not a real product and never would be. In fact, this tiny media player (which was really just a small LCD with some buttons along the sides) was really just being shown to explain to less technically inclined people how small working LCDs could be. One day, something like this could possibly play full length movies and other longer content, but for now, it played maybe one hour of video and had a mini-SD slot. Lastly, the Universal Communicator was a great idea, but I dare anyone at Intel to get it past the cellphone carriers. With five different radio signals built in seamlessly, you could easily switch from a VoIP call, to a GSM call, then move to WiFi and to a GPS network—all without any interruption. Except explain to me why any carrier would want to switch you from a paid call to a free one? I certainly can't. Maybe Intel has some inside deals working.
Basically, an interesting array of technology, though it would have been nice to see something that was a little more pret-a-porter.
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