Origami rumors unfold

Like Slashdot and other blogs and online forums, we, too, are getting tips about a new Microsoft concept gadget codenamed "Origami" that we understand is sort of a "Mini Me" PC.

We're unable to confirm much right now, other than that National Semiconductor several years ago built a prototype device called Origami. But we are unaware as of yet if there's any connection between the two.

A very cryptic Origami site only tells us more information about the product will be unveiled on March 2.

For now anyway, NetworkWorld's Paul McNamara seems to have the best insight (http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/4680); he cites an industry source who has reportedly seen Origami and calls it an ultraportable lifestyle PC.

An Engadget blog from earlier this month quoted a Microsoft mobile platform division executive calling the device "wearable, always on, no larger than 10 inches, connected through 3G networks, pen-based" and that it would sell for $500 or less.

Other speculation and insight is offered at Design Tastes Good, Thatedeguy and Robert Scoble, among other sites.

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