The first glimpse of a new product from Palm, Inc. has emerged. Maybe.
Engadget has been leaked what might be a roadmap for Sprint’s product line for 2007. This has almost no details, but it does give some hints about upcoming models… if it’s not a hoax, of course.
Possibly the most interesting reference on this chart is the "Palm Sherlock". Unfortunately, beyond its listed release date of June, there’s no additional information.
Is This Hawkins’ Pet Project?
Over the past year or so, Jeff Hawkins, Palm’s co-founder, has made several references to his company’s plans to create a mysterious third product category that’s neither a handheld or smartphone.
Not surprisingly, Engadget‘s article has created speculation that the Sherlock will be this device.
Of course, it’s also entirely possible that this device, if real, will simply be an updated version of one of Palm’s current smartphones, especially as this information is supposedly coming from a wireless carrier.
Only time can reveal more information on the Sherlock.
Hints and Suggestions
When asked for details on this mysterious product category during his interview last year with the Portland Business Journal, all Hawkins would say was:
I always think of mobile computing as personal computing. This long-term vision has led us through everything — first the organizers and now through the smart phone space. It’s like everything a personal computer is. Continue down that path. What are the implications of a world where everyone has a super high-speed Internet connection in their pocket and many gigabytes of storage, super-fast processors, audio, visual and multimedia? What are the consequences of that? How will that change computing when you have all that stuff available to you all the time? I try to think into the future. That’s how we come up with new products. So I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s following the consequences of mobile computing.