Discussing the Future of Wireless Handhelds...

I spent an interesting afternoon yesterday meeting with a fellow who designs wireless handheld devices. Nick Fothergill from Huveur, is in Canada for a brief stint to gather research on what Canadians are thinking about when it comes to what they want in a wireless device. Huveur is a design shop in Taiwan that makes interesting prototypes that other interesting tech company's pick up when the R&D is high.

We had an outstanding conversation about the melding of entertainment and business applications, and the woefully unentertaining aspects of the Blackberry… how handhelds should be able to jump across different types of networks, and how a battery has to live for a LONG time ;-)

I think ideally, the wireless handheld would be a tricked out PSP-like device, but with all the bells and whistles that a blackberry has. Of course, don't forget the camera. And Bluetooth for the phone feature… And the last must have - it needs to work as a touch screen, and have a windows-y OS so that you can actually work on it. I want a tablet, shrunk a bit, on steroids. Holy.

We also talked about the challenges of wifi meshes, especially when Canada is just starting to come up to speed, and what IMS is going to do to the wireless world we live in now. I'm looking forward to seeing what sorts of interesting new devices can be attributed to the smarties at Huveur in the future….

It was quite an amazing lunch. Thank Nick!! And good luck with your tour!!


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