In May PalmSource announced two new licensees of their operating system. One of those two was Tapwave, who is promising to bring a gaming machine to market that will rival the experience available on Pocket PCs. Tapwave is now employing a very odd PR strategy…they plan on releasing the feature set one week at a time.
While the new “helix” isn’t due out until later this fall, Tapwave will try to generate buzz by releasing one interesting fact per week. Personally I find this strategy to be annoying, while their PR people surely think it will lead to more ink. Obviously this is true, as we’ll bring you their release every week, but at what cost. I’m already annoyed and it’s only week one.
Personal feelings aside, here’s what they have divulged this time:
“Gorgeous high-resolution screen (480 x 320), 16-bit color display delivers incredible graphics for still and video images. Play games, watch movies and view images on the oversized display. Finally…there’s no compromise in screen size, resolution or color for the sake of portability.”
This announcement is consistent with rumored specs we uncovered in early May:
-3.8″ diagonal screen oriented in landscape mode
-MP3 player with stereo headphone jack
-Standard Palm applications
-3D software drivers
-Built-in analog joystick
-Trigger buttons on the sides
-65k color screen
At this point it appears we’ll just have to wait another week to get more details and probably a few more to get pictures of the helix. Limited information and a video is available at their site.
Details Emerge on Palm OS Gaming Machine – Tapwave Helix (5/5/2003 1:30:30 PM) – Last week we brought you news that PalmSource had come to terms with two new licensees that would be niche players. Tapwave is the first of these two to come forward, taking a direct shot at those who have outgrown Nintendo’s Gameboy and want something more robust than Nokia’s N-Gauge.
PDA News – Stowaway XT For HP and Clie, CF WiFi $30, More Tapwave, Bunch of Game News (5/7/2003 5:28:23 PM) –