TapWave to Intro Helix, Game Focused Handheld
Two new reports have shed more info on the devices expected to be announced by TapWave soon. The company is developing a Palm OS, gaming focused handheld to take on the Gameboy.
Update: Tapwave has been announced as a PalmSource liscensee.
The device, called the Helix expected to be announced at the PalmSource Developer conference, which kicks off tomorrow. It will be based on the Palm OS and is being billed as a gaming focused handheld.
TapWave is headed by Peng Lim (ex VP of Engineering for Palm) and Byron Connell (ex VP of Products for Palm) and is comprised of several other ex=Palm employees. The preliminary reports are sketchy on details but all signs point that the devices primary focus will be on gaming, and will take on the Nintendo Gameboy and Nokia N-Gage.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Tapwave is hoping to beat those rivals with superior technology and a tight focus on gaming.
The handheld won't have 3-D graphics hardware built-in, but it will run 3-D games in software via specialty 3-D software from Fathammer, a software company in Morgan Hill. It will also have a 3.8-inch diagonal screen that sits horizontally, in contrast to the vertical screens on most Palm-based handhelds.
It will also feature a built-in analog joystick and a screen with better resolution and richer set of colors than Nintendo's GameBoy Advance SP and Nokia's N-Gage. The device will have trigger buttons on its sides and built-in stereo speakers as well as a headphone jack.
The device will be based on Palm OS and will run Palm OS software including the calendar and datebook in addition the device will include a mp3 player, video player and photo viewer. TapWave is also a member of the Bluetooth SIG and could possible use the technology for wireless multiplayer games.
Connell and Lim told Reuters, the target audience for the Helix consists of people 18 years to 34 years old who have largely "graduated" from Nintendo Co.Game Boy Advance portable gaming unit. The company has signed licensing agreements with leading game publishers including Activision, Infogrames, Midway and Digital Eclipse.
Developing story, PIC will have more when the device is announced.
Thanks to Mike Cane and Kevdo for the tips.
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