CNET Interview with Jeff Hawkins
News.com has posted an interview with Palm and Handspring founder and Pilot creator Jeff Hawkins. Taking place in the immediate aftermath of the D5 symposium and Foleo unveiling, the article is written by Ina Fried, a CNET tech reporter. Ina was joined for the gathering by our very own Ryan Kairer and Dieter Bohn from TreoCentral in this quick but fairly enlightening Q&A-type session. An additional piece containing additional information and some feedback from Dieter can be found here on the Treocentral site.
Entitled "The best idea Hawkins ever had", the interview excerpts posted by CNET comprise a 2-page piece listing most questions highlights asked by all three interviewers as well as Hawkins' responses. Hawkins primarily retreats ground covered in the earlier presentation in outlining why he thinks the Foleo will usher in a new era of personal computing. The 2nd page of the article goes onto address the Foleo's role in shaping future Treo designs, including a tantalizing tidbit about a possible future Treo devoid of a keyboard and/or with a larger screen.
Ryan also posed a direct question to Hawkins about the future of the PDA business. Hawkins' rather disinterested, non-committal response to the question--he sees the PDA market as not worthy of additional investment and at a "mature" state -- is fully covered in the CNET article. A PIC article currently in the works will reveal more details of Ryan's chat with Jeff Hawkins as well as the outlook of traditional pocketable PDA-type devices.
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