The official announcement of Microsoft’s Origami Project isn’t until tomorrow, but Intel has already given the world a look at some of the mobile devices that are expected to be a part of it.
It is believed that the Origami Project will fulfill Bill Gates’ dream of pocket-sized, inexpensive, Windows computers. These will have a constant wireless connection to the Internet and batteries capable of lasting for an entire day.
A model that will be released in the near future is a step in this direction, but it doesn’t completely meet Gate’s very ambitious goals.
Intel Marketing Director Brad Graff demonstrated this device for CNET News.com.
It will use a tablet design and have a 7-inch touchscreen. This will make it a bit too large to be easily pocketable.
This device, which doesn’t appear to have a name yet, will be able to run for about three hours on a single charge.
It will include a 1.8-inch hard drive and weigh roughly two pounds.
Graff did not reveal its exact cost, but he said it would be less than $1,000.
This model will be only the first in the Origami Project. Graff talked a bit about the next generation models which Intel hopes to release in a year or so.
These will come much closer to Gates’ dream, as they will be smaller, have better battery lives, and cost about $500.
According to eWeek, Intel briefly showed some concept designs off at its Developer Forum yesterday.
One of these has a 5.5-inch screen and 1-inch hard drive. This prototype also includes a small keyboard that can be swung around from the back.