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My Handheld Holy Grail

Friday, October 20, 2006

VoIP Now asks what the ultimate in electronic gadgets would be, and I already have my answer prepared. In my head, I've designed and re-designed this device, waiting for the technology to mature before my precious is ready to come into existence. I don't want to carry more than one device, and I don't want to leave any at home either. I want the culmination of all current gadget combinations -- the Super-Gadget-Xtremeâ„¢ if you will.

The operating system doesn't matter much, as long as it's open for some hacking around and creating new programs. At launch, all the following features should be available:

  • Plays all open media formats and Internet radio (FM optional)
  • Outputs to headphones, built-in speakers, or even external 7.1 surround-sound speakers if so desired
  • Built-in microphone
  • 4" screen with at least 1024x640 pixels
  • Standardized video output for hooking up to a bigger screen
  • Minimum of 3 megapixel camera
  • Should be able to handle graphics as well as a PlayStation Portable
  • Buttons should be in strategic places, like the PSP
  • Office-like applications
  • E-book readers
  • E-mail client
  • Web browser
  • VoIP programs
  • Instant messaging
  • Cellular phone capability (if that's still needed by then)
Other Goodies
  • Speech recognition and Text-to-Speech
  • GPS maps, driving directions, and business search
  • Fold-up or slide-in mini QWERTY keyboard
  • Battery life lasting at least 24 hours when idle, 10 hours when using voice and low graphics activity, and 5 hours when gaming and watching videos
  • At least 16GB flash memory
  • USB and Firewire output
  • USB input (maybe for one of those laptop lights, or just downloading files from a memory stick)
  • Wireless (bluetooth or otherwise) interface for keyboard, headset, and other functions
I'd better stop now. Christmas is still months away and I won't be getting anything near this cool (or uncool, whichever you prefer).

The real question is this: when I finally obtain this long-awaited all-in-one device, what will my new holy grail be?


At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like for now what you need is the vaio ux. doesn't have everthing (camera), but it looks like the best fit. btw, i have no affiliation with sony besides part time fan

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At 1:40 PM, Anonymous justin smith said...

i think you should call it the voIP.
but an idea for the Qwerty keyboard,
depending on how the phone is shaped and such ( you didn't really explain; mabye you could?) have the deck slide out from the bottom, and open it just by pushing the spot where it is in, and locking it by pushing it back in? ive seen thing such as this on many things, but never an electronic. it might not be too unstable like that, very easy to break or snap on accident it sounds, but if it was possible to reinforce it, it would be perfect (if so a little uncomfortable to use)


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