Geekspeak: December 17, 2001

Another new fold in videoconferencing.

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