iKit Mobile Companion: why exactly?

IkitImovio is a company with a new mobile companion device they are telling everybody about that they claim is for the person on the go.  The iKit is being touted as a teeny, tiny laptop device that will do email and other web stuff on the go.  The gadget is a small clam-shell form with a PDA processor, small PDA screen, small PDA-like amount of memory, well you get the picture.  The connectivity the company is selling is that wireless technology called WiFi and they also claim you can use the integrated Bluetooth to connect the iKit to your cell phone for connectivity anywhere.  The iKit runs Linux and has the standard set of applications in ROM to get you online and about your business.  Now, maybe it’s just me but it sure seems like the Nokia N810 would be a whole lot more useful.  I’m just sayin’.  The iKit is planned to be a full-fledged commercial product in Q3 of 2009.  I’ll bet the mobile scene won’t have changed much between now and then.  No word on pricing that I could find.


Processor Marvell PXA270   312MHz
                      Operating System Linux 2.4.19
                      User Interface GUI : Proprietary plus Trolltech  QT/E 2.3.

Display Icons / Indicators
                      – Battery signal strength
                      – WiFi active/inactive/level
                      – Bluetooth® active/inactive
                      – Date & time

Home screen: 8 icons
                      – Email, launches Email application
                      – IM launches Instant Messaging application
                      – Web browser, launches browser application
                      – Contacts, launches A-Z listing contacts
                      – Multimedia, open 2nd level icon screen with
                      - icons for, Video player, Music Player, File manager
                      – Wireless, open 2nd level icon screen with icons for
                      - BT, WiFi
                      – iKIT, open 2nd level icon screen for Display settings,
                      - Date & Time, Sound settings
                      – Utilities, Open 2nd level icon screen with icons
                      - for PC Sync   

- QWERTY/AZERTY + numeric keys, other
                      - languages optional
                      – 2 soft keys, 5 quick access keys, multi directional
                      - key, power on/off key, volume up/down key
                      – Backlight: White 

- 16 mm built-in, monophonic   

Memory Internal
                      – ROM : 128 MB, RAM : 64 MB SDRAM
                      – User  data : 12MB, User media files : 23MB

Memory External
- Micro SD (up to 8GB)
- 2.8 inch QVGA, TFT, 260 000 colors, landscape
- 0.3 MP fixed focus camera (Option)
                      – Viewfinder: 15 fps, 16-bit color depth
                      – Image format: JPEG, fine and standard
                      - compression, user selectable
                      – Digital zoom: Up to 3X smooth digital zoom with
                      - 7 steps
                      – Effects: Color, black & white, negative, sepia
                      – Capture time: less than 2 seconds to return to
                      - viewfinder mode after shuttered    

                      – 95 mm (L) x 65 mm (W) x 15.5 mm (H)   

                      – 113 g (with battery)


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