Use a PDA as a Desktop Platform via Blue Dock
A new company has released initial details about a future product called Blue Dock, that allows a Palm OS handheld to function as a full computing environment with external desktop hardware.
Synosphere’s initial product, the Blue Dock, is the first PDA docking station to allow a PDA to function as a primary computing platform in a desktop environment, without the need for an additional workstation or laptop. It was first publicly introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2004.
According to the limited details available on the company's website, the Blue Dock will work with any SDIO enabled Palm Powered handheld. It is used in conjunction with any full size monitor, keyboard, mouse, ethernet network connection and supported USB devices. The dock will have a SDIO interface for additional storage and will export video at VGA (640x480) and 800x600 modes, it also includes a power supply/charging circuit.
The Blue Dock, whose name is in reference to only the color of the dock, and unfortunately does not support Bluetooth. Synosphere estimates the unit to be available by Q4 2004 for around $249 USD. The company was just recently acquired by iBiz Technology, which has a line of PDA accessories and solutions.
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