New Handhelds Expected at DEMOmobile

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DEMOmobile is a highly sought-after venue for launching new mobile products. Both the original Palm Pilot and the Handspring Visor first saw the light of day at past DEMO conferences. The producers are hinting that new handhelds, software, and peripherals will be announced at this year’s conference, which is coming up next month.

Not just any company can make a presentation at DEMOmobile. Its producers, Chris Shipley and Amy Francetic, handpick what they believe are the most significant new mobile products. The list of presenters is not released ahead of time but the producers are willing to drop some hints.

They refer to “new handheld devices and peripherals” that will “restore faith in a handheld future.” While all the products that will be making their debut aren’t known, Tapwave has said it will officially introduce the Zodiac at DEMOmobile. This is a Palm OS 5 device that is focused on playing games.

In addition, one of the gold sponsors for this conference is Hewlett-Packard. According to unconfirmed reports, this company has recently been quietly demonstrating to some of its corporate clients the iPAQ h4000 series, which will have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking like the h5550 but will have approximately the same size, screen, and general look as the h2210. It’s possible this series will debut at DEMOmobile 2003.

Wireless-related announcements will be a major part of the conference. In addition to new wireless handhelds, DEMOmobile’s producers have said they will “introduce a new platform that is a giant step forward in the delivery of information to mobile devices.”

There will also be new applications announced related to mobile messaging and education.

DEMOmobile 2003 will take place September 17-19 in La Jolla, CA. Those interested may register at the IDG Conferences web site. The registration fee is $1,295.

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