Sony’s new NX73 and NX80 will feature handwriting recognition
Sony has licensed Decuma’s OnSpot Handwriting Recognition Technology for inclusion into their Clie handhelds. Starting with the NX73, the new handwriting system will be included on new Clies released in the U.S.. The OnSpot technology offers immediate overwrite correction, hyphenation to continue words, strikethrough deletion, color-coded inking, and specialized commands for symbols & phrases.
From the specifications, this sounds very interesting, and could become a serious competitor to Transcriber on the PocketPC. Of course, the real test will be how the new HRS performs in real use. If it turns “Beat up Martin” into “Eat up Martha”, and “Catching on?” into “Egg freckles?”, Palm users will have to keep looking for an ideal Grafitti alternative. Irregardless, this is a good sign in that the Palm OS featureset is pushing to match PocketPC.
The OnSpot system included in the new NX models replaces the virtual Grafitti area. It’s unknown whether Sony will adapt the software to non-VG Clies in the future.
Decuma offers some screenshots on their site:
Proporta has cases for the Tungsten C and W models
Continuing the recent stream of aluminum case releases, Proporta’s new offerings focus on Palm’s wireless products. As always, aircraft grade aluminum, non-slip neoprene lining, and all the trimmings…
iNDUSTRY Entertainment releases
The makers of Monsta now have a new game out. Called Sugatris, it’s a Tetris clone featuring both classic and ‘advanced’ modes, d-pad support, optional new brick shapes, and support for either 160×160 low-res or 320×320 high-res in 4-bit greyscale, 8-bit color, or 16 bit color. For only $4.95, it seems to be a very good deal.
New Bluetooth/WiFi coexistence tech from TI
Texas Instruments has annouced new chips and software that make it easier to have both Bluetooth and WiFi wireless technologies coexist inside a single device. This may mean an increase in devices that offer both standards integrated, however we won’t know for some time.
Texas Instuments also makes the OMAP processors that power most of Palm’s OS5 machines, however there is no indication yet of plans to integrate the new functionality into future processors.