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Upside: IBM still geeky inside

Aug 10, 2000, 08:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Weighing in at 1.5 ounces and containing a motherboard the size of a postage stamp, the device offers wireless communication capability, 8 MB of flash memory and 8 MB of DRAM memory. That's more than enough to run an email program or a stripped-down Web browser."

"But that's it. No plans for a Christmas rollout. No plans for partnerships with existing embedded Linux companies. No plans to develop a suite of applications ushering in the post-PC era for good. Just a chance to grab the momentary spotlight for producing the world's smallest Linux device."

"We wanted to show it could be done," said Takako Yokumura, a spokesperson for IBM Research. "The watch was the smallest form factor we could work on, so there was a bit of a technical challenge."

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