Microsoft's Newton? Project Origami
I loved my Apple Newton. I bought it on opening day. Don Box ordered one (from me) immediately.
When I read his blog, I am sometimes reminded of my first encounter with Scott Hanselman. On one particular week, Apple decided to ship a revolutionary new platform, the Newton. I had to have one, so I drove down to Incredible Universe (a consumer electronics mini-chain whose assets were eventually bought out by Fry's Electronics).
An extremely young but enthusiastic and bright guy sold me my Newton. Even at this point in my career, I had already acquired the recruiting bug, so I set off to hire him. My partner and I interviewed him at an all-night coffee shop after work. He blew us both away - this guy was destined to jump into the fray.
I honestly don't remember why didn't start working together - maybe he wasn't ready to have a job (he likely wanted to learn to drive first). [Don Box]
I'm totally stoked to see it coming back, except reincarnated as a tiny TabletPC. Video here. Speculation here. Prototype photos here. Confusion here.
Not quite a phone, not quite a giant remote control, not quite a TabetPC, not quit a PSP, but all those things as more. This may be the "hackable" PSP that I've always wanted.
More importantly, where do I order it? And what young person will sell Don Box his?