"IBM is spreading its development resources widely in search
of Bluetooth-enabled devices that users will embrace as part of
their personal area networks, an IBM engineer Wednesday told
attendees at the Bluetooth Developers Conference here. "We can
count on a large number of devices showing up on the market in the
next few years," said John Karidis, distinguished engineer in the
Personal Systems Group at IBM. Not all of these devices will
succeed, but developers should "experiment with as many ideas as
you have time for," Karidis said."
"IBM, of Armonk, N.Y. is working on a range of innovations,
including the WatchPad, a wristwatch with a high-resolution
touchscreen, and CyberPhone-2, a lightweight cell phone that can
project data onto a small mirror the user can look at while
talking. Karidis showed prototypes of the devices during a keynote
address at the conference."
"Researchers at IBM Japan have developed a prototype motherboard
for the watch, about 1.25 inches across, with 8MB of DRAM. It runs
a version of embedded Linux. The device could be commercialized
within two years, Karidis said in an interview Wednesday."