For one of the courses on the university we have to develop a device that fits the description “portable storage container”. After debating for a few weeks (with other group members and the proffessors), we came up with a device.
As I need to know if such a device is wanted, I want you to fill in this poll for me.
The device will be about the size of the PDA, a little bit thicker maybe. It’s equipped with a harddrive (different sizes), a 2,5" TFT screen, a set of speakers, a memorycard slot and some communication standards (depends on the model). The device will be controlled with a set of buttons.
The main functionalities of the device are:
- storing data on the local harddrive (secure storage is possible with special software)
- listening to audio (mp3, wav, aac, ogg etc) through the built-in speakers, headphones (wireless with bluetooth or wired) and line out
- watching video (mpeg1,2, divx, xvid, 3ivx etc) on the TFT screen or through the video out
- image tank (copy the contents of a memory card to the internal harddrive)
- watch pictures / documents
- USB (standard), InfraRed (standard), Bluetooth (optional), WiFi (optional)
- any 2,5" IDE harddisk (40Gb is standard for the base version)
- pluggable memory card slot (modules: CF, MMC, XdCard, SmartMedia, MemoryStick)
- looks can be changed with express-on covers
- all software is fully upgradable, the device runs on embedded Linux so lots of software for free!
- some hardware is pluggable, so there are some upgrades available
- the device will come with a good battery (Li with 1000mAh or so)
The base version will cost â‚¬/$ 500 and have a 40Gb harddrive, USB and InfraRed and one memory card module (what module can be chosen when buying)
The plus version will cost â‚¬/$600 and have a 60Gb harddrive, USB, InfraRed, Bluetooth and WiFi, one memory card module and a set of headphones.
The executive version will cost â‚¬/$700 and have a 80Gb harddrive, USB, InfraRed, Bluetooth and Wifi, one memory card module, a bluetooth headset and 2 batteries
Now here’s the question: would you be interested in such a device? Here in the Netherlands, the base product costs about the same as an IPod with the same amount of harddrive space or a good PDA. This is not a replacement for the PDA (yet), but it can do some things a PDA can, can do what any MP3 player can, can play all video formats, can even record audio, can work as an image tank and so on…