Company touts embedded laser projectors
From the science fact, not science fiction file… A South Korean company called Iljin Display is showing off prototypes for a laser projector that they say could be fitted into a mobile device. The existing model is about the size of a deck of cards, but Iljin claims that it can be shrunk to the size of a matchbox by the end of 2006, which is when the company plans to begin mass production.
The downside is that the current version only supports a projected display of 7 inches in size. While obviously too limiting for something like laptops or serious presentations, this technology could eventually make its way into peripherals for mobile devices, or even be integrated directly into the devices themselves. Many small-screen devices like handhelds and media players could benefit from the option of projecting a larger screen onto any convenient surface, creating what would amount to a pocketable office or media center–a larger, more comfortable screen without too much added bulk.
HTC Star Trek now available in Asia
I can tell that I’m going to get really tired of that name. HTC’s first major clamshell Windows Smartphone, code-named the “Star Trek,” is now on sale in Asia. Sold as the Dopod S300, the device sports an ultra-slim design, just 0.6 inches thick when closed, as well as a fairly strong loadout of features: QVGA screen, quad-band GSM/EDGE, 200 MHz processor, Bluetooth 1.2, external color display, and 1.3 megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the device only has 64 MB of flash memory, which likely means only about 16 MB discretionary memory for the user without a card. Qtek and i-mate branded versions are expected next month.
Currently we have no indication of when or if the device will be picked up by a US carrier, but Cingular and T-Mobile have both shown a strong interest in Windows Mobile devices of late, so there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to buy this cool, if ill named, smartphone some time in the not too distant future.
Update: According to BusinessWeek, Cingular has promised to offer a version of the Star Trek, but it hasn’t said when yet,
The Zen of Windows Mobile?
The owner/proprietor/namesake of handheld enthusiast site Pocket Goddess seems to have had a conversion experience. She’s posted a fascinating article about her move from Palm to Windows Mobile, and knocking down the preconceptions involved.
If you’ve been in the mobile space for any length of time, you already know how that sentence is supposed to end. After all, we’ve been talking about the “zen of Palm” for years now. But my recent experiences with Windows Mobile 5 have led me to change the way that sentence ends, at least for me.
E-TEN may parter with Quanta
The Commercial Times of China reports that Taiwanese smartphone maker E-TEN is considering an alliance with Quanta, the makers of the O2 XDA Atom. The partnership would draw on E-TEN’s Windows Mobile engineering experience and Quanta’s manufacturing base to try and boost the two companies’ presence in the mobile device market.