I would like to share some of the rare pictures of ePDA. A brave project started by MediaSolv in 1999. It was ahead of its time, just like many other projects MediaSolv tried hard to commercialize.
The idea for a hand held device came while I was discussing my (then) current activities with Vasee. If my memory is right this was in October 1999. I was explaining my new found gadget, the Rabbit processor evaluation board and bluetooth radio technology. I was busy building a robot control board that can be operated wirelessly with a PC. This was also the time MediaSolv was experimenting with WAP. The idea was to access BizOA through a mobile phone.
Both of us spent the rest of the evening discussing how this idea of bluetooth and the embedded controller can be used to design a low-cost access device for the masses. I was given the fullest support and a free hand to conceptualize idea and to come up with a plan to get this done, as usual, ASAP 🙂
The rest, as they say, is history…
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BTW here are the features/functions we experienced:
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Bluetooth radio
- Works on two AAA batteries
- Graphic mode LCD screen
- Customized uCLinux
- Custom BSPs (Board Specific Packages) and drivers
- Full office application suite (diary, email, calendar, etc…)
- Input/output in both English and Sinhala
I guess Flickr would be more appropriate for this purpose. Please click here to see the album. Dont forget to add your comment too.