Fossil Wrist PDA Scrapped and Pushed Back
After numerous delays, Fossil has finally admitted the cancellation of the Palm OS Wrist PDA. The company has cited problems with the LCD display manufacturer as the main reason for all the release problems. A new less expensive and more powerful version of the watch is now expected in "the middle of this year."
Fossil has confirmed the cancellation in an article at InfoWorld. The companies website now states, "The product is no longer available." According to details in the article, "Fossil has experienced a number of problems over the past year regarding the 1-inch display of the Wrist PDA [...], according to a company spokesman. The LCD (liquid crystal display) partner that Fossil and manufacturing partner Flextronics International Ltd. chose for the Wrist PDA was unable to deliver a display that met minimum quality standards."
Instead of going forward with the Wrist PDA, Fossil has decided to work on a new less expensive and more powerful version that id due out in the middle of 2004. It is said to ship with higher performing components and will be more competitive with current PDAs.
The Wrist PDA was first announced in November of 2002. It received a Best of Comdex 2002 award as well. It was originally scheduled to be available in June 2003. Shortly after June, the Amazon.com stated the release would be pushed back to July 31st. It was then pushed back to september and then put on an indefinite delay. Fossil did not return a phone call for comments.
It was to run Palm OS 4.1 and be fully compatible with most Palm applications. It featured an illuminated 1.4-inch, 160 x 160 pixel touch screen with a stylus integrated into the watch band, a 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor, 2MB internal memory and a rocker switch.
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