Ken Kaplan, Managing Editor, iQ by Intel

Evolution of Mobile Internet Gadgets

This is Moore’s Law in action mixed with the beauty of innovative hardware design and software refinement. Seeing this video is believing in that there has been significant progress in the past three years, as more tech experts work together at bringing the full Internet experience to tiny mobile Internet devices.
[Steve “Chippy” Paine]( at []( always puts things into a clear, easily understandable perspective for people interested in the latest tiny computers hitting markets around the world.
In this video, he show how some of the first Utra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC) looked, felt and operated back in 2006 then compares them to newer, better built mobile Internet devices on the market today.

We see [Moore’s Law]( in action here. As processor design and performance improves — moving from low power consuming laptop processors to the [Intel Atom processor]( — we see new devices that get sleeker, smaller, lighter, extended battery life, more functional and about half the price during that span of years between 2006 and 2009.
With [Moorestown](, the next generation of technologies designed by Intel to be the heart of mobile devices, Chippy and many people inside Intel believe future mobile Internet devices will continue to get thinner, provide longer battery life and bring the full Internet to the tiny screen through Wi-Fi, 3G and even WiMAX.
The OQO MID at teh CES Kickoff Party
I’ve seeing the [unboxing of a new UMID](, and shot videos previewing new MIDs for our 2007 and [2008 Intel Developer Forums](, sneak peaking the lastest MIDs before the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, met up with [OQO Firmware guru]( to see they’re shiny new MID in January, and meet up with Steve “Chippy” Paine and Rocketboom’s Ellie Rountree to show people the latest collection of MIDs at South by Southwest.

But yesterday I went WOW! when I saw this photo of an “unofficial” MID prototype, which came my way from [Ubergizmo](, which has been following the [MID evolution]( for a while.
Designer [Jan Rytir]( has created a beautiful looking image of a MID I’d like to have, especially if it has a nice built-in camera I could use for snapshots and livecasting video. As Moorestown comes out later this year, I’m hoping to see a lot more imaginative creations like this!
The upcoming [Computex]( in Taipei is where I’m hoping to see new mobile computing and gadget designs.

4 Responses to Evolution of Mobile Internet Gadgets

  1. Marco says:

    From consumers point of view, it is so exciting to see what you can do with a small portable device! Together with PCs and netbooks, they reall achieve in making possible the ubiquitouse and pervasive computing experience.

  2. Jason says:

    Excellent post Ken. I can’t wait for more MIDS to hit the US market.
    Cheers. Intel has got a great thing going on here on this blog,

  3. Rebecca says:

    Glad I found this. Excellent to educate employees quickly & from 3rd party pov. Thank you!

  4. Dan says:

    I’ve used some of the newer GPS’s, the PSP, Nintendo DS, etc. but for years I’ve dreamt of something that could do it all, and the iPhone is pretty close to it. I’ll admit it, mine is jailbroken but that’s because I want to be able to have access to features that should be in the device to begin with.
    I think we need more competition in this area though, especially on the network side of things. I think the USA is ranked like #11 as far as internet bandwidth which is pretty pathetic. And you just know that’s why the Google Voice app got blocked on the iTunes App store. But, we’re making progress!