SAN DIEGO--Wondering if the world is ready for the ultramobile PC? The demand for portable DVD players might provide a clue.
Microsoft and Intel are promoting the Origami/ultramobile PC device as a multimedia powerhouse that's small enough to cart around. Early protoypes use 7-inch displays, which are the preferred size for portable DVD players, said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis with NPD TechWorld, at the 2006 DisplaySearch conference.
The ultramobile PC may have its problems, but watching a movie on the device shouldn't be one of them, Baker said. Portable DVD player sales are growing … Read more