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ProjectOrigami: Could This Be It? - Updated!

Everyone's speculating about OrigamiProject.com: Scoble, MaryJo, Neowin, News.com... I'm not one to fan the flames or anything... wait a second, of course I am! If the project does indeed refer to the device that Neowin talks about, then we've all seen it before. Microsoft demoed it at WinHEC 2005. While I was there, I had the opportunity to interview a woman on the MobilePC team, where she showed off the prototype device that Bill had onstage. I never published the interview, but I'm going to have to go back through my recording and glean any details I can.. I'll post that later.


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I have an extremely reliable source that told me the device pictured above exists for real now, will cost $500, and will be available before the end of the year. It has also be referred to as the "Lifestyle PC", as Engadget has suggested. The reason the screen is so bright is because they slipped a printed piece of paper underneath the screen, so you could see it onstage. At the time, they told me the device was just a very rudimentary prototype; nothing more than a plastic shell. But my sources tell me they were able to get pretty close to this form factor.

Does this remind anyone else of the PADD from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine? I'm about to show my geeky true colors, but it definitely looks familiar:

SciFi becomes reality once again.

As I've said, I can't confirm that Origami refers to the device they demoed at WinHEC. But as neowin said, it does exist, it will be $500, and it will probably run Vista and be released around the same time.

UPDATE: Neowin has the answer: DigitalKitchen created the advertising spot (Click "Enter", then "Work", then "Brandtheatre"). It looks like Engadget was right. It is important to note that DigitalKitchen did a lot of other work for Microsoft, including the AthensPC Prototype.

Posted on Feb 24 2006, 11:52 PM by Robert McLaws
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  • Vince 15 said:
    OH MY GOODNESS!!! THIS IS MY DREAM!!!

    This is the real Tablet, just the screen. Light, small and cool! And $500 is a very good price!!!

    I had in mind to buy a PDA, but who does need it anymore???

    I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE IT!!!
    February 25, 2006 2:20 AM
  • PuntoRete said:
    February 25, 2006 6:30 AM
  • February 25, 2006 6:40 AM
  • Angel Blue01 said:
    What good is this thing for? A device that doesn't do any more than Web surfing, instant messaging, word processing, on a screen with tiny text isn't any good.
    February 25, 2006 1:40 PM
  • Well, withy 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth built in, you could alo make Skype calls with a wireless headset, mount it to your dash when you get in your car for Windows Live Local with GPS, share photos or files with people sitting near you... really there are a ton of possibilities.
    February 25, 2006 2:47 PM

  • マイクロソフトが新しいポータブルデバイスの開発をしているらしいです(参考:Yahoo! ニュース)が、もっと詳しい情報がLonghorn Blog の方にポストされているのを見つけましたー

    ...
    March 1, 2006 2:08 AM
  • The new viral information is equally cryptic to the initial information.  I always find these viral...
    March 2, 2006 11:30 AM
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  • djp said:
    the Nokia 770 !
    http://www.nokiausa.com/770
    of course, it's bigger, more expensive and isn't actually available..
    March 3, 2006 11:08 AM
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