Hawkins Talks Netbooks in First Post Foleo Interview
The Investor's Business Daily newspaper has published one of the first interviews with Jeff Hawkins since the Foleo cancellation last year. In the article the IBD asks Hawkins about his views on the current netbook market and they also go into his experience with the Foleo and some of the reasons behind its non-introduction.
It was clear Foleo had technical issues. It was a first-generation product. We'd have to launch it and then do another gen within a year. And that's a big commitment of people and dollars.
It was a strategic decision to pursue a different approach. I don't think they made a mistake. We haven't seen the outcome of that decision yet. It really was not acrimonious at all. It was just business.
The interview touches on a number of interesting topics. It also reveals that Hawkins has not had much of a role at the company has founded of late, preferring to spend most of his time on his neuroscience work and at his new startup Numenta.
While not an active employee at Palm he does not write off the possibility of taking another shot at the Foleo concept. Stating "And I'm a believer in it. And I'd love to end my design career at Palm with a success there."
Palm execs have previously stated that they may eventually release an improved version at some point in the future based on Palm's next generation platform.