Lots of buzz in the press about the products that Microsoft and Apple are going to release tomorrow, February 28th. People suspect Origami is a new device that’s bigger than a handheld computer yet smaller than a laptop.
Leaked video of the device suggests that it can play movies, show pictures, offer web browsing (presumably with WiFi support, but rumors also talk of 3G wireless), and function as a tablet PC for the purposes of note-taking and other pen-based applications. Too see the movie, one needs to visit Digital Kitchen, then follow this path after “entering” the site: Work > Brandtheater > Microsoft Origami.
This all sounds suspiciously like a computer I’ve been using for over a decade: the Newton! I’ve been using my MP2100 at work to take down all of my notes. Despite having an Ambicom Bluetooth card, it’s still a bit tedious to transfer data from the Newton to my computer. Relativity, Paul’s idea to bridge the gap between the Newton OS and new hardware is the key to bringing NOS to the 21st century. If Origami can be made to run Linux — which it should since it presumably runs Windows — we’ll be able to get Einstein running in short time!
As for what Apple is up to, rumors point to a larger screened iPod (fake videos notwithstanding), Intel iBooks and MacMinis, and the perennial Apple Tablet. All will be revealed tomorrow, so stay tuned!