OQO announced its ultra personal computer (uPC), but the product will not ship until the second half of 2004. The OQO computer weighs approximately 14 ounces, making it the smallest, high performance Windows XP computer with complete PC functionality. Measuring a mere 4.9 inches x 3.4 inches x 0.9 inches, the OQO computer is the size of a PDA with the power and features of a laptop. As a standalone device, the OQO computer slips easily into a shirt pocket and is a complete Windows XP wireless handheld computer.
According to the company, OQO's technology will allow a person to access Windows XP applications anytime, anywhere.
"The key to the success of any mobile platform is in the applications," said Ken Smiley, consumer technology analyst. "With the OQO device, standard Windows XP applications are supported. This will reduce solution development time as well as remove the headache associated with trying to synchronize other mobile devices."
With the OQO computer, consumers can have laptop, PDA, MP3 player, digital video editing and wireless LAN capabilities in a single compact device. At the office, the OQO computer is no different from existing PCs and is the only computer users need, since it replaces both the PC and the PDA. The computer uses Bluetooth, USB, and FireWire to connect to peripherals.
"Users increasingly need their technology to be where they are. Other handheld computers have attempted to address this, but generally are too limited to be stand-alone devices," said Bell. "We're pushing the limits of personal computing by offering a highly functional and versatile handheld wireless computer that easily becomes a desktop PC. With WindowsXP, the OQO computer delivers full desktop applications in a handheld form factor."
The included OQO docking cable allows mobile professionals to make presentations with any LCD projector and connect to Ethernet networks. With the OQO desktop stand connected to a keyboard and monitor, it serves as a full-featured desktop machine. Product specifications include: