Intel Gives a Sneak Peek at Microsoft’s Origami Project

by Reads (9,863)

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

It will use a tablet design and have a 7-inch touchscreen. This will make it a bit too large to be easily pocketable.

Intel Origami Prototype This computer will run a version of Windows XP on, of course, one of Intel’s low-power processors.

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.

Next Generation

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.



All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.