PDA News Bits – Palm Zire Dominates, Sony Clie Game Controller Review, Pocket PC VR Controll

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The Palm Zire sold more units during 4Q last year than any other PDA

NPD Group released a report today stating the Palm Zire turned more units than any other PDA in the fourth quarter last year. That equates to almost 230,000 units which includes the US only. Those sales account for13% of Palm’s unit sales worldwide.

Palm Zire

“Growing the handheld space with fresh products that target new customers is infusing new energy in the PDA category,” said Ken Wirt, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Palm Solutions Group. “The NPD Group data is an indispensable tool that ensures that we have the best market intelligence to react rapidly to changes in the marketplace.”

I know when the Zire came out, most of us thought of it as a joke, but I tell you what, I’ve seen more and more moms and other less tech oriented people carrying the Zire around. One told me she bought it because it was pretty and it made her other friends think she was more hip and tech savvy than she really was.

Whatever the motivation for purchase, the Zire certainly hits their target market, apparantly pretty well. I’m sure Palm will introduce a follow-up unit in the coming months, but there seems to be no hurry to make that happen. The Zire came out in October at $99 and there has been little downward pressure. The current best price is hovering around $85.

In every Clie owner beats the heart of a gamer – Game Pad Reviewed

Ever since this little gem came out I’ve wanted to plug it in and get some gaming in, but alas time is everything and I have less and less available for screwing around. Unless you count writing news articles for PDA sites, then I’ve got plenty.

Anyway, check out this review of the Game Controller. It’s quite favorable, making this little controller a potential must for Clie owners.

Soon you’ll be able to view a full VGA screen through special glasses

Interactive Imaging Systems has a pretty sweet setup for viewing a full VGA screen through special glasses with an integreated eyepiece.

It plugs into the CF slot of a Pocket PC, weighs only 40 grams and claims to work well in both light and dark environments. There is no word on pricing or availability, but wearable computing is definitely coming.




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