Handheld Wireless PC Attempts to Revolutionize Personal Computing

Astartup company called OQO Corp. is attempting to revolutionize personal computing by introducing a handheld, wireless computer that measures 4.1" x 2.9" x 0.9" and weighs less than 9 ounces. The ultrapersonal computer runs Microsoft Windows XP Professional and incorporates up to a 1 GHz Transmeta Crus'e TM5800 processor. It also has a 4" VGA color LCD with a Synaptics touch screen; 256 MB onboard RAM; a 10 GB hard drive, increasing to 20 GB by year's end; FireWire, USB, audio and OQO-link connectors; as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking.

The stand-alone device fits inside a shirt pocket. When inserted into an OQO-designed enclosure, it becomes a notebook PC. When placed in a cradle with a standard screen and keyboard, it functions as a desktop PC. Its modular design allows for ease of use and convenience when traveling. The first OQO PCs are expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2002. OQO Inc., San Francisco, CA, (415) 920-9090, www.oqo.com.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2002 issue of THE Journal.