Comments on: PC Expo 2001 Report

Once again, handhelds and wireless devices took over the convention floor at the PC Expo. Generally, this yearís expo was a little more subdued than last year, with most of the dot comís out of the picture and IT firms tightening their belts. Though there werenít many new earth shattering announcements or products, there was plenty of new and existing Palm accessories and solutions on display. Read on and take a look.
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New Handhelds

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/27/2001 9:54:41 PM #
Any word at the Expo about the new color Handspring or the mid level Palm?

RE: New Handhelds
EGarrido @ 6/27/2001 10:06:22 PM #
No, as far as I saw, there wasn't unfortunately. I was hoping for some info, in fact I was thinking about it on my train ride to the city. The speculation was that Carl Yankowski of Palm was going to say something about it in his keynote address, but that turned out to be false. He didn't mention any specifics on any future handheld.

Handspring was quiet as to new tech news and I don't recall seeing anything major as to new stuff in the booth.

I agree with Ryan that the show definitely seemed more dormant that it was last year. Economics really impact everything (Interesting to see some Marx's ideas at work). It was still a great show and if you have a chance to visit the Jacob Javitz center tomorrow (Thursday), the admission is worth it.

Eric Garrido

RE: New Handhelds
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 12:13:38 AM #
They should time release something cool for a major event like this. Should be like when Bond goes to the old fart's laboratory to get outfitted with cool gear to see him through the movie unscathed. I looked at the pictures of the wrist keyboards, clipon phone sleds, cables, etc.. and I don't see anything more cool than my Kyocera 6035 Smartphone. (shameless plug)


Ed @ 6/27/2001 9:53:35 PM #
In case you are confused about why I've spent a week calling this TECHXNY and now Ryan is calling it PC Expo, it's because PC Expo is the exhibition part of TECHXNY.

Besides, he's the boss and if he wants to call it that, who am I to say different? ;-)

News Editor
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EGarrido @ 6/27/2001 10:12:38 PM #

Just wondering, why didn't you go as well?

Eric Garrido

Anything on GPS and m50x?

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 12:47:16 AM #
Any one doing GPS for m50x?

RE: Anything on GPS and m50x?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 3:37:55 AM #
I hav heard that Magellan is working on one,

RE: Anything on GPS and m50x?
ten_iron @ 6/28/2001 7:08:52 PM #
Yes! Talon Technology showed their new GPS receiver for the m500/505 called the Navman. Check it out at:

Not just yet
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/29/2001 10:19:50 PM #
If you go to the site and look for LandNav, you'll just get an "Under Construction" message.

Hopefully, that will change soon.

RE: Anything on GPS and m50x?
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/6/2001 5:12:54 PM #
I asked Magellan about a GPS for the M505 and the response was the following:

08/09 12:21 PM
Dear Support

Product = Companion GPS
Tech_Question = Can you provide information on the availability of a GPS
Companion for the Palm M505 or M500? Will a GPS be released for these

Yes we will have something available after the new year.

Sidney London
Consumer Products Service Supervisor
Magellan Systems Corporation
960 Overland Court
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-394-5000 ext. 5073 or 800-669-4477

mp3 for palm Vx

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 1:18:52 AM #
Was anyone showing an MP3 player for the Palm Vx? - I know that Pocket Pyro is working on one and that they've released an MP3 for the M100 series, but I can't seem to find one for the Vx- Anyone got anything????

RE: mp3 for palm Vx
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 7:44:06 AM #
I did see a demo of the PocketPyro mp3 player for the Palm Vx, it was using the Shinei MIDI case. The demo model had 256MB, rechargeable batteries, and could charge the Palm V from its batteries. It also functioned as a hotsync cradle for the Palm Vx and as expansion memory. They didn't have a booth, but they said they would be selling units from their website in a few weeks. Let's hope it's for real!!

RE: mp3 for palm Vx
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/29/2001 1:10:03 PM #
Shinei corp has a MP3 add-on for the Palm Vx. It contains a SD/MMC slot.

RE: mp3 for palm Vx
Ed @ 6/29/2001 1:24:18 PM #
Are you sure about that? I checked out the Shinei site and all I saw was the version for the m100 series:

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RE: mp3 for palm Vx
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/30/2001 3:28:54 PM #
Shinei is the manufacturer and Pocket Pryo is supplying the technology together with Liquid
Audio. The portson mp3 player for m100 series will be out this July, as quoted by Shinei during the Exhibition.

Mp3 jammer

RE: mp3 for palm Vx
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/30/2001 4:53:30 PM #
Mp3 jammer, you seem to know a lot about this. Did they say anything about a version for the V or m500 series?

RE: mp3 for palm Vx
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/1/2001 11:26:15 AM #
I am not sure if they are going for it but I sure hope that there's one for the Palm Vx.
There will be a huge market for this!

Darth Vader?

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 8:09:17 AM #
Is it just me or does that shot of Yankowski look like the Sith Lord the morning after a night of binge drinking? What's he doing with his hands? Did he drop his mask while trying to put it on? Not very complimentary.

RE: Darth Vader?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 9:31:09 AM #
Darth Vader? No way.

Nah, he looks like a fat, completely-out-of-shape dork. We'll dub him Fat Vader.

RE: Darth Vader?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 5:09:07 PM #
too bad ur both wrong, he looks this guy named Carl Yankowski that works for palm... go figure huh?

RE: Darth Vader?
safron @ 6/28/2001 6:22:05 PM #
hahahaha.. you guys are funny (not the 3rd guy.. you suck)

RE: Darth Vader?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/29/2001 1:17:46 PM #
David Coursey from ZDnet had something to say about Yankowsky's choice of clothes:

    I feel obliged to offer some advice: Don't wear all black ever again. Burn those clothes. You don't look good in them and, more importantly, it sends the wrong message.

    CARL, IF YOU'RE SO DAMNED UPBEAT about Palm's prospects, why are you dressed like a big lump of coal? Where's the funeral?

    Remember, we're still in philosopher Marshall McLuhan's age of "the medium is the message"--and your all-black combo of jacket, slacks, knit shirt, socks, and shoes was the wrong medium for your happy message. Or is there another, hidden disclosure? I'm thinking about the salesman who promises great service--while unconsciously shaking his head "no."

    The hidden message in the keynote seems to be that Mr. Yankowski believes Palm is in as much trouble as everyone else thinks it is. Though his words and emotions were upbeat--well, as Billy Crystal (as Fernando) said, "It's not how you feel, it's how you look." And Carl, you didn't look mah-velous.


I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 11:24:13 AM #
Couldn't find anything about a Palm device but Sanyo is working on a EPOC based PDA - see:

PcExpo, great exposition

eidon @ 6/28/2001 2:26:07 PM #
but, where is Bluetooth?

RE: PcExpo, great exposition
ten_iron @ 6/28/2001 7:10:12 PM #
Palm had a Bluetooth pod at the show. There they were showing Word and Excel printing from a PalmVx to a Bluetooth enabled HP printer. They also had a PalmVx web browsing through an Axis Bluetooth Local Access point. They showed some other cool demos between Palm's as well.

half a keyboard?

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 5:11:24 PM #
i dunno about for the rest of you, but why would half a keyboard be useful... AAANNNNDDDD, why would somebody wear one? i'm sorry, but keyboard halves are NOT in any of the latest fashion mags

RE: half a keyboard?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 7:21:15 PM #
Think someone doing inventory in a warehouse... other than that, no I can't...

That's Why Palm's Stock is low...

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 5:56:21 PM #
They have a custom hummer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is awful.

RE: That's Why Palm's Stock is low...
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/28/2001 8:25:26 PM #
I wish I could get a hummer.

RE: That's Why Palm's Stock is low...
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/29/2001 11:14:51 AM #
If you look closely, you'll see that the Hummer is actually a rental with decals.


I.M. Anonymous @ 6/29/2001 1:45:35 AM #
Any sighting of the Ohfish GSM triband modem/phone attachment for the M505? I heard that they were going to launch this product at PCExpo.

RE: Ohfish
mikecane @ 6/29/2001 11:44:59 AM #
Hmmm.... next time, Ryan & I will have a pre-Expo article that will basically be:

What Questions Do You Readers Want Answered?!

I did not pay any attention to things like GSM because I have no personal interest. If I had known of your interest, I would have looked it up for you. Too late now. Sorry. Next year (or even next trade show -- is Internet World 2001 still on?).

I will also have an Expo report for the site in a few days.

Accessories for Palm m100 series?

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/30/2001 3:34:29 PM #
For those who been to the PC Expo, are there any wireless modem for surfing the net?


RE: Accessories for Palm m100 series?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/30/2001 4:48:02 PM #
I don't see this happening. The kind of people who don't even spend a couple of hundred bucks for a Palm aren't the people likely to turn around and spend $40 a month on a wireless connection for it. I know, YOU would but a poll of m100 users wouldn't turn up very many others.

The m10x series is also a dead end. Palm won't make any more models shaped like that so it wouldn't pay the modem company to go to all the hassle.

RE: Accessories for Palm m100 series?
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/1/2001 11:29:10 AM #
July Issue of Pen Computing reported that Shinei has a 56kps modem for the Palm m100 series.
But its not a wireless one, comes with a phone jack.
According to them its retail at $100 and was launched last month June on the its site.

Also from the site

Supports V.90 Standard
Data transfer Rate: 56 Kbps
Auto power switch off on battery
"Battery Low" icon display on m100 screen
Uses 2 "AAA" size alkaline batteries
Error checking and correction protocol supports MNP 2, 3, 4 and V.42 LAMP
Data compression supports V.42 bis std and MNP class 5
DC in connector for external power source

mp3 jammer

RE: Accessories for Palm m100 series?
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/1/2001 1:28:38 PM #
I'm the guy who posted the second message in this thread. When I read my comments again it really sounded like I was ragging on the m100 series. I didn't really mean to. I think they are good first handhelds and all the Palm most people need. I just don't think there will be a lot of expensive peripherals for it.

-Todd B.



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