Feeds

Fossil delays US Wrist PDA shipment

Release slides to 21 July

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Fossil's Palm OS-based Wrist PDA watch did not shipped in the US on 30 June as promised and has slipped back until 21 July.

So says Amazon.com, which had an exclusive deal with the watch maker to offer the hi-tech timepiece online. The delay applies to all three versions: the metal strapped 'dress' Wrist PDA, the 'casual' version with a leather strap and the plastic-cased 'sport' watch.

Fossil's own web site confirms the delay, but simply notes that the 'dress' watches will ship "in July", and the other two "in early July".

Fossil's low-cost brand, Abacus, is also releasing the Wrist PDA with metal and plastic straps. According to Amazon.com, both versions will ship on 31 July.

Fossil's original 30 June ship date was first revealed by Amazon.com when it began taking pre-release orders for the Wrist PDA in early May. That release date was confirmed just before the device's launch party at Comdex USA last month after a comment from the company's UK division that both the US and worldwide release date had been put back at least six months. The watch's worldwide availability has been pegged to Q1 2004.

The Wrist PDA contains a 33MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor, 2MB of ROM and 2MB of RAM, IrDA port, a synchronisation port, and a 160 x 160 16-greyscale display. The 'dress' and 'casual' versions cost $295, and the 'sport' watch costs $275. The Abacus versions are priced at $200 for the metal strap and $180 for the plastic strap.

Interestingly, though the Wrist PDA is runs Palm OS 4.1, it nevertheless ships with the Jot-based Graffiti 2, revealing that the character recognition software can be retrofitted to earlier versions of the Palm OS than 5.2, the release found in PDAs that offer the new text-entry system. ®

Related Stories

Fossil says Wrist PDA will ship in the US this month after all
Fossil puts back Palm Wrist PDA launch to 2004

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?