UK start-up Pogo-Tech is set to launch a personal digital assistant (PDA) that will operate via current GSM networks and offer full-colour web browsing.
The core focus of the device, called the Pogo, will be wireless web access. It will feature a large touch-sensitive screen, and provide PDA, Personal Information Manager, email, web and phone functionality.
Proprietary data compression techniques have been deployed to allow full-screen web browsing at speeds more commonly associated with a 56K dial-up connection.
A unique Macromedia Flash-based interface has been developed for the PDA, allowing third-party applications to be easily written for the device.
Data is stored on a central server rather than on the PDA itself, thereby avoiding the memory limitations that other PDAs can suffer from.
Https and 128-bit encryption provide secure connection support, and make the Pogo as safe as a desktop PC for online purchasing. Other bundled functionality looks set to include SMS and an MP3 player.
The Pogo is due for UK release in January at a retail price of £299. It will initially be available exclusively via Carphone Warehouse stores.
Keep an eye on the Product section of vnunet.com in December for one of the first UK reviews of the device.
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