Me encuentro esta nota en NY, y en verdad fascinante como cada ves nos acercamos a la nano en las Pc, pues al parecer es una competencia de quien hace la Pc mas chica y eficiente (ver foto) en menor tiempo; lo único en lo que no veo que esten preocupados es en desarrollar anteojos con mas aumento y guantes con extensiones de dedos pequeños , pues a este paso esas van a ser la técnologia del nuevo siglo!.
Ojala y encontremos este tipo de dispositivos también corriendo en Linux, seria muy unteresante!.
Chris DiBona’s work as manager of open-source programs for Google takes him on the road, where laptops grow heavier with every gate he passes in the airport. So he has been experimenting with piecing together the ultimate lightweight PC.
At the core of his ensemble is the OQO-01, a full-featured PC running Windows XP that is not much bigger than a pack of 3-by-5 index cards. It’s measured in ounces (14), not pounds.
“I use both this and my cellphone in the same manner,” he said. “They’re read-only devices. I can do cursory work.” The OQO comes with a built-in keyboard that can be tapped by the thumbs.
When he wants to do more serious work, he unpacks a full-size, foldable keyboard from Think Outside that is scarcely bigger than the OQO when he packs it away. Mr. DiBona says he types as quickly with the folding keyboard as he does with a normal one. The 5.6-ounce keyboard connects with the OQO wirelessly with the Bluetooth standard.
Mr. DiBona is not the only one exploring replacing a laptop with a combination of cellphones, hand-helds and foldable keyboards. The folding keyboards have been around since the introduction of some of the first palmtops, but they are playing an increasingly viable role in laptop replacement as the combined elements become more and more capable.
Many of the latest palmtops will run all the software needed to browse the Web, exchange e-mail or even drive a projector to give a presentation. A Palm TX ($299, 5.25 ounces), for instance, can let you handle most basic editing chores with files created in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
These microsize versions can do many of the simple tasks of their bigger cousins, but are limited by the size of the screen. The tiny processors, after all, are as powerful as the desktop machines of a few years ago. The TX and competitors from companies like Hewlett-Packard and Dell can do most of what a traveler could want except, perhaps, play the most sophisticated games. The thin slabs can even display low-resolution movies, albeit not from DVD disks.
To use more than a stylus or a thin thumb keyboard, a user must stitch together a fully functioning system out of parts that all speak the current lingua franca, Bluetooth. Regular keyboards cannot be connected. While full-size keyboards are the tools most commonly added to a cellphone or a hand-held, there are also mice, headphones, microphones, digital cameras and even satellite navigation receivers.
The advantage is that people can carry just the parts they need. On a short trip, the keyboard and mouse can stay home. The disadvantage is that each of these devices needs its own power system, potentially requiring a number of charging bricks.
The heart of these machines lives behind the screens of the cellphones or palmtops where the main processors, memory and wireless receiver can be found. Hand-helds like the Palm TX connect with the Internet with Wi-Fi connections common in coffee shops and homes, while higher-end tools like the Palm Treo 650 use cellular networks to fetch information. (Cingular sells the 6.3-ounce 650 for about $370 with a two-year service agreement priced at $105 a month.)
The latest Treo, the 700P, also includes the ability to connect with the emerging EV-DO networks from Verizon and Sprint, which offer download speeds that can exceed those of cable modems and digital subscriber lines.
Some of these devices include tiny keyboards while others use just a stylus and a few buttons. The OQO, Treos and BlackBerrys come with built-in keyboards best operated with thumbs, while others, like the Palm TX and the Nokia 770, are meant to be driven by a stylus.
The focus of the software also varies. While many palmtops keep track of appointments, phone numbers and notes, the eight-ounce Nokia 770 (about $400) is sold as a window to the Web and is labeled an “Internet tablet.” It latches on to any local Wi-Fi connection to link into the Web. The screen has a higher resolution than most small devices, offering a grid of 800 by 480 pixels instead of the more standard 480 by 320 or 320 by 320.
These devices are designed to be a bit simpler and focused on the needs of the traveler. On the other hand, the OQO ($1,900 to $2,100 at www.oqo.com) behaves just like a desktop PC running Windows XP and offers 30 gigabytes of disk space.
The interest in the micro Windows PC is growing. Microsoft is pushing a standard called the Ultra-Mobile PC, running a stylus-enabled version of Windows in a larger package that weighs a bit more than two pounds. The first model, the Samsung Q1 ($1,100), has a 40-gigabyte hard drive and a seven-inch display.
While all of these cellphones, palmtops and tablets can operate by themselves, a full-size keyboard makes them much more efficient and useful. It may be simple to page through a list of phone numbers with a stylus, but for writing anything more than a disjointed, error-filled and uncapitalized text, a real keyboard is essential.
A number of keyboards are jostling for attention. Device makers like Palm often distribute customized keyboards, while companies like Think Outside (www.thinkoutside.com) and Freedom Input (www.freedominput.com) sell their own versions.
Freedom Input, for instance, sells full-size foldable keyboards for BlackBerrys (typically $112 to $131). If these keyboards are still too big, the company also makes a tiny thumb keyboard the size of a credit card for Bluetooth phones that have no built-in keyboard. A stand for the phone or palmtop is integrated on most, separate on some.
Palm sells a keyboard for $70 that connects using the infrared port on the Palm. And the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard from Think Outside weighs 5.6 ounces, costs about $150, and comes with the cachet of being included in the Museum of Modern Art’s design collection.
There is also a great deal of experimentation in this area. The FrogPad, for instance, comes from FrogPad Inc. (www.frogpad.com), a small Texas company devoted to building keyboards that can be operated with one hand. The most common letters require only one keystroke, while the least common are composed by pushing two or more of the 20 keys at once, in much the same way that a pianist strikes a chord. The small form and lack of hinges make the keyboards ideal for travelers, but they are also finding uses among the disabled and among graphic designers who like to keep one hand on the mouse.
The flashiest keyboard, literally, may be the Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard from i.Tech (www.itechdynamic.com), a tiny device (1.38 by 3.6 by 1 inch) that draws the keyboard on the desk with a ruby laser and watches the movement of your fingers with a motion sensor. It weighs three ounces and costs about $180 from thinkgeek.com and others. There are no hinges or moving parts to jam, bend or break, but the only feedback is a click.
If your favored combination begins to look too complicated, laptop makers continue to make their offerings smaller and lighter. Dynamism.com, for instance, imports laptops from Japan not normally sold in the United States. The Panasonic R5 ($2,000 to $2,500) weighs only 2.2 pounds, a number almost small enough to quote in ounces — about 35.