Quickies: SD Camera, Tombstones, Copytalk, and More

In March, Spectec showed off renderings of a digital camera that connected to Palm handhelds by the SD slot. The company is now showing off an updated design. Spectec is a manufacturer but not a distributor. -Ed

There are five new tombstones in the Palm Graveyard. -Ryan

Copytalk has cut their prices. A full year now starts at $50, including unlimited notification, unlimited phone access to email, the ability to create replies, new email, and organizer entries by voice, and five dictated jobs (replies, new emails, etc.) per month, with additional jobs at just 50 cents. Monthly plans start at $10 for 25 jobs per month and go to $60 for an unlimited use plan. -PR

A few weeks ago, Samsung began showing off a new Palm OS smartphone. At that time, it was only known as Bluechip. MSNBC has revealed that its regular product name will be I500. Read more about this model. -Ben Combee

ToySoft has released VFS Media File Type Manager 1.0, which lets users set default paths for each file type on an expansion memory card. Media file types are MIME types or any file extension that associates to a file type. It also lets users create default directories on the card. It is available now for $7.

E-LOAN is offering a new Palm m515 to everyone who applies and gets a loan by September 30. -Steve Vierra

The New England Palm User Group July meeting is tomorrow, July 16 at 7:00 PM. The main topic is games. -Michael Steinberg

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MSNBC article is from Newsweek

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/15/2002 2:22:23 PM #
Just a note, Ed:

The MSNBC article about Samsung products is actually a Newsweek article (I'm a subscriber) from last week's issue. F%&!ing co-branding!



s_n_m @ 7/15/2002 4:31:18 PM #
that camera, is BAD design. it doesn't even rotate!

i wish sony had adopted sd, then i could buy their camera for my palm!

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SD-Slot should not be used for a camera!
Galapagos @ 7/15/2002 9:25:16 PM #
I think it is not a good thing to use the SD-slot for a camera.

The Kodak PalmPix uses the universal connector, so you can store your picture files on an SD-card. If you connect the camera to the SD/MMC-slot, the amount of pictures you can take is limited to the RAM of your Palm.

Probably this SD-camera does have a faster transfer rate and a better preview, but a resolution of 640x480 is what the Kodak already offered for the Palm III-Version (March 2000) of the PalmPix. So this is not a step forward.

RE: umm...
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/15/2002 10:42:26 PM #
All models of the PalmPix are discontinued. :(
RE: umm...
Altema @ 7/16/2002 3:17:02 AM #
Discontinued for a good reasons too... the design did not change much from the III series version with the exception of the macro mode and focus. I purchased one for the m5xx and took it back. Despite having a mode made for pictures of 8.5 x 11 paper, the image was too poor to read what was on the paper... so much for spy work!

I might pick one up again for the novelty if the price is cheap enough.

RE: umm...
s_n_m @ 7/16/2002 4:27:51 PM #
yes, well, that is one reason why it is bad design, BUT if sony had used sd i would have bought their camera even though it allowed for no cards to be used.

we need canon or panasonic (w/ leica) to make us a REALLY good digital camera for palm. the only prob is that most cameras use cf slots for sheer volume, low price and reliability, while palm STILL continues to provide ONLY sd.

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Camera's Specs

potter @ 7/15/2002 5:23:50 PM #
A link to the camera's specs:

RE: Camera's Specs
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/15/2002 5:29:14 PM #
It says compatible with the WinCE operation system too. Though I know of no SD based WinCE models with an off-center slot like the M505.

Not an option for HE330 either alas. Even if it had SDIO , the image would be upsidedown ;-) (a little debate between HE and Palm what the spec says about face up or face down...).

RE: Camera's Specs
Altema @ 7/16/2002 1:28:53 PM #
I think one of my main problems with this camera (aside from removing your storage card to use it), is the way it does *not* attatch to the Palm. The camera itself would not weigh much, but it also includes its own battery. There is no form of support other than the SD slot itself... it cannot be supported by the top of the Palm because a gap between the camera and the top of the Palm must be maintained to release the camera. Remember that you push down on SD devices and let them pop up for removal. Also, with the camera body offset from its sole support, the camera will act like a lever and increase the force on the slot when bumped or moved. The slot itself can take the resulting twisting force, but the neck of the camera would be another issue. If I was going to have an SD camera, I would make it similar to the Sony MS design, but with 32 or 64 MB of storage onboard and drawing power from the handheld. Does not make sense to me to have a storage-hungry option that forces you to lose your storage!



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