Look out PDA, here comes TDA!Written by Chris N. Fernando
First it was Smart-phone that threatened to oust PDA. Now, PDA is all set to take on heat from next generation PDA TDA.
Whats it all about?
Novinit a French company has developed worlds first TDA or Tactile Digital Assistant. The TDA is based on touch-screen technology and relies entirely on your thumbs for input, which are harder to lose than a stylus. The TDA is named Jackito and comes with two simultaneous touch points so you can operate it with your thumbs at same time and so no need for a stylus. Using TDA is very easy, since you can search a database or a large address book, with just your thumbs. Using device with your thumbs is actually much faster than a stylus well at least thats what company claims. The device comes with a variety of features like finger-touch control, battery life, fast graphics, multitasking, real-time processing, interchangeable skins and much more. The idea of a device like Jackito was conceived from fact that worlds first touch screen based PDA was already developed by a US company called Litton in 1978 for US and German armies. After some years Novinit pondered If theres a touch screen based PDA for armies, why not for gizmo lovers? Arnaud de la Fouchardire of Jackito says, The architecture chosen for Jackito focuses on user friendliness. Fingertips (as opposed to a stylus) are used as a natural device for touching options displayed by LCD touch screen. About 200 engineers from 10 countries for over 10 years, have worked on making this device better and $50 million has been invested in these efforts.
Seven Processors and a larger screen
The Jackito runs on seven processors with full parallel-processing capabilities (two micro-controllers and five accompanying reconfigurable cores), a large 4.5 color QVGA LCD fingertip touch-screen that offers resolution of 320x240 dpi, display with landscape orientation and two SD/MMC card slots. The TDA runs on an operating system called 3ActilOS, has 2.5 MB SRAM and 16 MB NOR Flash memory. The Jackito measures 140 x 80 x 16 mm and weighs just 150 g. It feeds on a single AA battery, which according to company, can sustain for several weeks. Using touch-screen with your thumbs or index fingers means that you dont have to carry or use a stylus, keyboard or any other input device. Also Novinit says that finger's contact area is hundred times larger than that of a stylus and a stylus exerts hundred times more pressure on screen than a finger. Arnaud goes on to say that The Jackito is not only an electronic device, but also a personal companion, supporting three essential ingredients of a well-balanced lifestyle works productivity, personal life and edutainment. The Jackito will also come preloaded with about twenty applications, which includes games, puzzles, address book, clock, to-do list, synchronization feature, backup application, etc.
SoftWeb-PDN.com is a hit with programmersWritten by BanPro NET
Since launching in August of 2004, SoftWeb-PDN.com has seen a fast growing stream of traffic and been praised on numerous developer's forums as a solid centralized resource for programmers.
"As a software and webware programmer who uses many different languages, I was spending countless hours each week searching for information or resources to improve my projects. That's time I wasn't spending on coding. This site began as a personal project for me to centralize my most frequently used research haunts in one location in an attempt to cut down on time I spent searching, to increase time I'd have for developing. I'm glad others are finding it of use as well." said Scott Bannon, creator of SoftWeb-PDN.com