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The Chupa Chups NotePop PDA (Personal Dummy Assistant)
Posted on 15-Nov-2003 14:24 | Tags Filed under: News

The Chupa Chups NotePop PDA (Personal Dummy Assistant)
This is so funny, I had to show it here: a toy PDA, free with a Chupa Chups lollipop. I call it a Personal Dummy Assistant. No batteries, no synchronisation, no wi-fi, no Bluetooth, no need for instructions manual. It actually works like a mini Etch a sketch (without the buttons of course).

It's actually quite a nice form factor. The soft buttons look like the ones used on Palm OS based devices. The stylus is good (I can actually use this to write on my iPAQ or Sony Ericsson P800 with a screen protector). There is a lever on the right side that slides up and down to erase the screen contents.

It's only black and white, but on the plus side, think of the autonomy: no battery recharging required!

This reminds me of the story of Palm Computing Inc. founder Jeff Hawkins who went around with a wooden block the size of a device he only had an idea of at that time:

"He started by measuring a few of his own shirt pockets and carving a small wooden block that would fit comfortably inside them. That block was amazingly close to the dimensions of the final product: 3.1 inches wide by 4.6 inches high by 0.6 inches thick.

Employees reported seeing him wandering down hallways, penciling letters on the wooden block's face, puzzling out how the "graffiti" data-entry system he had developed years before might best function."

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