Geekspeak: December 17, 2001

 
 
By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-12-17
 
 
 

Only 4 by 8 by 1.3 inches, the 10-ounce origami multifunction device combines camera, Web terminal, MP3 player and (with a Bluetooth-linked Mobile Gateway module) videophone capability—just fold it into the shape that suits the task at hand. Shown at Comdex last month by National Semiconductor, the proof-of-concept prototype was co-developed with CoCom International to demonstrate the efficiencies of highly integrated, system-on-a-chip microprocessors.

You can tell that this is more than a mock-up: The 4-inch screen shows me taking its picture. More information on integrated information appliance concepts can be found at ia.national.com.

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