A few months ago, Fossil released watches that sync’d with both the Palm OS and PPC. The watch functionality was great, but the form factor was a major problem for most. Fossil has addressed this concern in their latest effort.
In a related note, Fossil is the company PalmSource had referenced late last week as the newest Palm OS licensee. The new watch will run a modified version of Palm OS 4.1. Most applications will work just fine, but those that are optimized for the smaller screen will look and feel a bit better.
The device will take graffiti text input, has a jog dial for easier navigation and features modified icons that make clicking around on the device easier.
The plan is to release the device in the Spring of next year. Fossil will sell the mini PDA under it’s own name and also the Abacus name. The Abacus will have a plastic wristband and sell for under $200 at electronics stores and the like. The main purpose of this lower-end is to increase their distribution. Part of the problem with the first Wrist PDA was that it was only available for sale on Fossil’s site.
The Fossil branded device will have a metal band and a generally more stylish look and sell for up to $300 on Fossil’s site and high-end department stores. The picture above is of the FOssil branded device.
For more info, check out this PDF.
We’re set to receive a demo unit as soon as they are available. I’d have to say that I’m much more excited about this one and hope it lives up to my expectations.
Fossil Wrist PDA with Palm OS Specs