The Jackito PDA, which they’re calling a TDA (Tactile Digital Assistant) because it uses only the thumbs to control and no stylus, has been announced by French company Novinit. It has in interesting internal architecture, with 7 parallel processors, allowing speed and power savings. They claim that a single AA battery will last a few months. It runs an OS called 3ActilOS but the site doesn’t have very much information on it. The images on the web site look like Photoshop jobs, so we’ll be interested to see if the $600 machines that they’re selling actually exist.
New PDA With New OS Announced
2004-07-13 Wireless 14 Comments
WARNING: Read their “Buy It” page. Something feels fishy here. You have to pay $100 or 100 euro in advance (first of all $100 is much different than 100 euro). It might be fake, and a scam: http://www.jackito-pda.com/buy_it/buy_it.php
from the site
You are currently one of our 1st wave of buyers.
Your order will be delivered within 90 days
Please confirm your order by sending a $100 or 100 € deposit
Select your currency :
You will receive the following by e-mail:
1. A receipt showing that you have paid your deposit.
2. Your personal access codes for the Jackito community website, http://www.jackito-pda.net, where you can track your order
and find out more about Jackito.
3. You will receive another e-mail once your order is ready.
4. You will then receive your final invoice, which will deduct the deposit you paid and add your shipping costs (according
to your delivery address).
5. Once we have received your payment, your order will be delivered to you within 48 hours.
Jackito’s 4 guarantees:
1. Your $100 or €100 deposit will be paid into an escrow account until your order is delivered.
2. Your deposit is refundable on request. In this case, we will deduct 8% to cover bank charges.
3. Your order price is final and binding.
4. We will ship your order at the lowest cost to you (best FedEx, UPS or Post Office rate).
imagine the screen if you use the thing after eating a bucket of KFC…..
Why does this sound like the Infinium Labs Phantom?
This sounds WAY too good to be true …. It’s a nice idea, but
probably a very elaborated scam …
Well … some of us you can … (probably) 😉
It has DRM in it. :/
Oh and Another thing it looks as if it will be very expensive
They only accept PayPal as well…
This is a lot more advance than the Phantom console. At least they tried to have a fancy web site full of crap! It’s a interesting read if you have nothing else better to do.
4 AA batteries barely powers a graphing calculator for *3 months*… and that’s just a simple, LCD dot-matrix screen… and a z80 processor.
I’m not expert on power consumption, but a single AA battery couldn’t power that color display for more than a few hours, let alone facilitate the raw computing power described. …especially not for 3 months.
*SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM* *SCAM*
For me the best PDA is SHARP ZAURUS. It’s like having a desktop linux in your hand;) you can install on it lots of software, hancom word witch is compatible with word and hancom sheet witch is compatible with excel.
To know how powerfull is this PDA, you can create a webserver installing apache/php and even mysql… and to admin pages, phpmyadmin:P
You can also browse the internet using opera, using a compact flash ethernet, compact flash modem or even WIFI.
You can also have GPS on it.
Resuming it’s a linux PDA. Here some distros to it: qtopia, openzaurus, gentoo, debian…
I would like to see news here at osnews.com about it:) It’s noted eugenia?
Here some pics:
That’s a sure fire scam. When you pay with paypal it’s likely you’ll never get your money back. You should only pay with credit card or bank debit for products like these.. banks can usually get the money back.. paypal makes you pay an extra fee to do it and it expires after 30 days and your up the creek.
The three guys who set up the company have between them, according to the website, approaching 60 years of experience within the high tech industry, all in senior, influential roles. How come I can’t find any background info about them on Google…?
$50M is the amount of initial investment they claim to have made. That is enormous. And “real” devices are usually advertised way before they actually become available.
And why would anyone spend that much on developping a new OS for a class of device that everyone says is on its way out ? You’d think there is enough between linux,palmOS or pocketPC to choose from.
Search for “novinit” at this page (french) :
They exist since 21/08/2000.
Their adress is “66BIS AV JEAN MOULIN 75014 PARIS”
On strange thing is that they didn’t publish their yearly income since 2001.
The following website is the company who helped them to raise funds :