Palm Touchstone and Pre Accessories Announced
The new Palm Pre is also arriving with a handful of nice accessories in tow. Some of them are the standard chargers and cases that come with any new device release but some of the others merit particular attention.
Palm ended their presentation today with a nice surprise that is by far the main accessory news related to the Pre. Resembling a hockey puck with a severely sloping front, the Touchstone is a charging dock that permits wireless recharging of the Pre via induction technology. The Touchstone looks to compliment the Pre with its sleek, black, iconic look. Its interesting to see the innovation carry over to the typical afterthought that is a docking cradle.
Jon Rubinstein briefly explained the interaction and user-friendliness of even a simple desktop dock like this with the Pre's WebOS. If a call comes in while the Pre is docked on the Touchstone, the user can answer the call and have it automatically enable speakerphone mode or if you prefer it will auto answer the call when picked up from the device.
A new case, identified only as the "Pre Slip Case" and the Vehicle Power Charger (apparently the same adapter released previously for the Treo Pro and also backwards compatible with the 800w) are fairly self-explanatory.