Microsoft’s Origami Project revealed

“Intel on Tuesday plans to show off the minitablet device at the center of Microsoft’s Origami Project,” Ina Fried report for CNET News. “In a preview of Tuesday afternoon’s demonstration, Intel Marketing Director Brad Graff showed CNET several of the Ultra Mobile PC devices, including an example of the kind of hardware that will ship in the next few weeks as part of the Microsoft effort. As earlier reported, the first devices have a 7-inch touch screen, standard x86 processors, and can run full versions of desktop operating systems including the Windows XP variant being used for Origami.”

“In later generations, probably next year or later, the devices could have the pocket size, all-day battery life, and $500 price that Microsoft and Intel are aiming for, Graff said in an interview,” Fried reports. “The first generation of devices are likely to get about three hours of battery life, he said. In addition to the 7-inch model, Graff showed several other prototype devices of what the chipmaker hopes will be possible in future versions, including models with smaller screens and a swivel-out keyboard. Although the prototypes are working, because they use today’s standard components, they get only about 15 minutes of battery life.”

“Intel and Microsoft’s latest efforts are not the first stab at shrinking the PC. There has long been a class of ultra-portable laptops, mostly with around 10-inch screens. There have been a few prior attempts to take the PC even smaller, most notably from OQO and a minitablet introduced this year by Dualcor Technologies. Most of these devices, though, have been priced at about $1,500, which is above the budgets of the average consumer” Fried reports.

Full article, with photos of the device prototype, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “macnut222” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Like we’ve already said: Microsoft Origami is the art of vapor folding. The tediousness of this whole “Origami” thing is stupefying. We cover this trifle only to highlight Microsoft’s ineptness at both stealth marketing and the development of innovative product ideas.

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  1. Excellent! 15 minutes of battery life on current models. Perhaps Microsoft will market this “advantage”, stating that this PC should not crash before the battery runs out. Hey, since it takes 30 minutes for a PC online to become infected, maybe this is part of the MS strategy to fight viruses.

    I must say: Bwahahahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!

  2. They stole a signature verification device from the checkout at Best Buy and slipped a Yahoo template under the clear plastic cover. Either that or they think they’ve reinvented the Etch-A-Sketch.

    Where are the paper swans?

  3. There is no way Microsoft will be able to get the price to $500. Even if they have five year olds in China making them — which they will — it would be unbelievable to get an Intel processor, Microsoft XP flava of the day, video, sound, etc. for that price.

    Wait a minute. There is one way. Make it Linux based! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Though I use a PB at home and I extol the virtues of using the Mac OS to my compatriots at work, this product would be great for me since I work in construction and engineering and a portable like this running Autocad would be perfect. If only Autodesk would port ACAD to the Mac OS, only then would my transition to Apple would be complete…..

  5. When then can get it to be 1″ thin or less and have at least a 5-hour battery life for less than $1000, not to mention not have it look like something out of the original star trek, I might get interested. Until then, keep the promises coming, Microsoft! Sooner or later people will catch on that you never deliver. Or maybe not, they haven’t so far.

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