The annual World Economic Forum is a chance for global leaders to discuss economic issues. The 2003 meeting is going on now in Davos Switzerland and handhelds makers are taking advantage of the opportunity to raise the profiles of their products.
HP and Accenture are providing iPAQ h5450 handhelds and a wireless network. The handhelds, called Davos Companions, have schedules and other information about the WEF meetings.
They also allow the attendees to view streaming video highlights from conference sessions that they missed. Of course, they have email capabilities, too.
“The wireless capabilities showcased this year will make the Davos Companion more vital than ever for participants as they experience a new level of flexibility in data access and interactivity,” said Kasper Rorsted, Managing Director, HP EMEA.
Palm Inc. CEO Eric Benhamou is in Davos for the WEF. While there, he told a Reuters reporter that he expected demand for his company’s handhelds and operating system to increase soon.
Benhamou said that things looks especially good for the operating systems subsidiary. “We’re already in positive territory for PalmSource,” he said. PalmSource is due to be spun off from Palm later this year.
Though this is far from the double-digit growth of previous years, Benhamou predicted modest growth for Palm’s handhelds this year, thanks to increasing enterprise sales.