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Daily link February 23, 2006

What is the Origami Project?

The site is registered to Microsoft. It’s a good tease. But what is it? And why do my readers know about this before I do? (JP of DesignTastesGood sent me this question).

I do know that Origami is the code-name for a new kind of device. Oh, heck, here come the NDA police, gotta go! …

133 Comments »

  1. It’s got an RSS feed…

    Comment by Matthew — February 23, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  2. […] What is origamiproject.com? I sent Scoble an email and he blogged it. […]

    Pingback by Design Tastes Good - user experience blog » Blog Archive » What is Origamiproject? — February 23, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

  3. a handheld gaming device / smartphone / pda / sideshow assistant

    Comment by met — February 23, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

  4. Heh. Origami is the code name for the communicator device by National Semiconductor that was shown at Comdex. Not sure if it has any relations, but the device itself was supposedly running a Windows XP base. Gee… any relationship? You make the call.

    Comment by Ben — February 23, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  5. An MP3 player that you can fold it into whatever neat shape you feel like looking around at that day.

    Take that Apple.

    I have a beta sitting on my desk right now. Today it is a swan. Tomorrow, I’m thinking snowflake.

    Comment by kalbzayn — February 23, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

  6. I wonder how many people are waiting for Microsoft to start working on the Harakiri project…

    Comment by Jonas Antonsson — February 23, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

  7. Nice try. This is obviously Microsoft trying to pull a Transmeta: Spreading buzz by being secretive. It’s not an “accident” that somebody found this page.

    Comment by Dave Marcus — February 23, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

  8. I was waiting for one of those scary joke pages where the naked rotting corpse all of a sudden jumps out of the page screaming and causing your heart to require defibrillation. ;-(

    Comment by Aaron Pratt — February 23, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

  9. What is Origami?

    JP of Designtastesgood.com seems to have scooped Scoble on this. Then it hit Digg. So what is the Origami Project? Why does Microsoft Have the domain registered? Well, if you take the time to read through the digg comments, you will find that Origa…

    Trackback by Thatedeguy — February 23, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

  10. Source who has seen it tells me it’s an ultraportal “lifestyle PC.” More on my blog:
    http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/4680

    Comment by Paul McNamara — February 23, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

  11. One thing is for certain. It will be a concept :) MS can never keep quiet on any idea of theirs.
    Refresh my memory- Tell me one product that MS released without telling (hyping) the public first?

    When Apple promise to wow they deliver (hope they do on Tuesday :) )

    Comment by met — February 23, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

  12. Met: I know one team that’s shipping something cool next week that you haven’t yet heard about. We’ll see if it leaks.

    The thing is we’re a platform company. When you’re a platform company you must show your stuff to outsiders so that they can build drivers, build devices, build software, and build marketing campaigns for it.

    When you don’t own the entire product you’ll have leaks. Apple owns the marketing, the stores, the manufacturing. It’s all under one house.

    Me? I’d rather have Microsoft’s business than Apple’s. So it isn’t as “cool.” That’s OK.

    Comment by scobleizer — February 23, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  13. this one ?
    http://www.windowsfordevices.com/news/NS9651574577.html

    hey, I know why the difference in strategy, Scoble :) If you are saying MS is different then why are you trying to get the love that a non-platform company gets? Try something different.

    You guys are closer to google than apple - and google is slowly losing its charm - let’s see where it goes.

    Comment by met — February 23, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  14. Hmm. It’s portable and it sounds inexpensive. The name implys that it might use some ‘o that e-paper stuff.

    BUT CAN IT RUN LINUX?? It’s only a matter of time…

    Comment by James — February 23, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  15. Meh, if it’s anything like what Met linked to, I’ve suddenly lost intrest completely. Just another souped up phone? Bah. We have enough of those already.
    *wanders off*

    Comment by James — February 23, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

  16. James: I’m sure you’ll be back. But, I won’t take the “break the NDA and spill the juice” bait! :-)

    Comment by scobleizer — February 23, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

  17. […] But for now all we can do is read below, visit the site and dream about what it really looks like and wish for more information to come out soon, anyway as I am talking about wishes, I think I’ll be making one of them usless wish lists soon so guess what I’ll be wishing for on it, yep you guessed correct it will be one of these little baby portable devices that I have been talking about because they sound so cool that we hardly know nothing about them hehe, anyway forgive my ramblings, please read below: They’re asking the question over at Scobleizer … and Microsoft’s Robert Scoble isn’t offering more than hints. Visitors are just guessing. […]

    Pingback by Darren Straight’s Blog — February 23, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

  18. Its Project Wallop or at least looks like it, I saw this a few months ago the concept looked pretty cool

    http://research.microsoft.com/scg/#projects

    Comment by mcepat — February 23, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  19. http://www.windowsfordevices.com/files/misc/228_rgb.jpg

    Even though that looks like CGI and not a photo I’ll comment on the design anyway, first thing is looks like a jack of all trades but a master of none. How are you supposed to carry it around? At 71/2″ long, less than 4″ wide, 11/2″ thick it is way too big for your pocket and even too big to clip on your belt.

    Why is the display so small for a device that is supposed to be focused on multimedia? Why no outside display for a device that is supposed to be a phone? How are you supposed to hold it and be able to type on that recessed keyboard?

    I hope for Microsoft’s sake that their Origami is something different.

    Comment by jaseone — February 23, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  20. Judging by the words and graphics, I have a very sneaking suspicion that this is Microsoft, trying to get into the LinkedIn, Ryze, Ecademy space. Like we need another diverse mechanism for interoperating social networks. At least they should understand the science before they start heading down such paths.

    If so, it could be a wonderful thing, gee, the start of ubiquitous social networking. But then, from an organization, that doesn’t even have enum hooks… Maybe not.

    q

    Comment by misterq — February 23, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

  21. […] Scoble, recently mentioned www.origamiproject.com . […]

    Pingback by Mister Q’s Ramblings » Well, there goes the game… — February 23, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  22. What is Origami Project?

    The buzz around is that this could be a specialised communicator device based on a National Semiconductor’s design originally presented during the COMDEX.

    Trackback by Geekzone — February 23, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

  23. Alright, more hype - I’ll wait ’till 3/2/06 to find out what it is. I usually get hooked on MS things anyway. If it is an XP based phone device - it will definitly be a twist.

    Comment by Rick Mahn — February 23, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

  24. Oh lord, Robert is waving the NDA penis again.

    Yes, yes, it’s just huge. Monstrous. All hail the NDA penis.

    whatever it is, hopefully it’s priced less cracked-out than the Xbox 360. Since MS is losing money on it ANYWAY, they may as well cut the price.

    Comment by John C. Welch — February 23, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

  25. Ripping off the old AT&T “you will” marketing

    Comment by Jake — February 23, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

  26. http://www.bradfitzpatrick.com/weblog/257/sucking-up-with-guy-kawasaki/

    Is that you Scoble in the second cartoon?

    Comment by met — February 23, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  27. i wonder if MS will push the release date up since apple is set to announce new video ipod on tuesday feb 28th…

    me thinks its the portable pc prototypes show a while ago… maybe slimmed down versions, and sleeker looking, ms has been making some secsy shit latelly, loved the polished look of new vista 5308… and xbox360 and its controller need a mention as another example.

    Comment by rafael — February 23, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

  28. also, scrobbler keep your mouth shut, its not worth it losing your job over some impatient assholes… im such a hypocrite! tell me tell me tell me!

    i was gonna get a phone on tuesday after i found out about what the apple product would be but now will wait for this haha

    Comment by rafael — February 23, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

  29. […] Scoble posted a link from here about a new project at Microsoft called Origami. Robert also let “slip” that this was a “new kind of device”. […]

    Pingback by Charlie Maitland’s Blog » Origami?? — February 23, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

  30. Microsoft have probably been launching satelites all this time and now they are ready to service a whole new range of products.

    So now origami is released and it is like an orgasm that you weren’t ready for and at a level you weren’t expecting, lol.

    All of a sudden we have these cool devices available that can be worn, use IPV6 and are connected 24/7 anywhere, anytime.

    Lets see…

    Comment by toast — February 24, 2006 @ 1:09 am

  31. Interesting that this little preview is a linear flash movie with zero interactvity and uses stock photography in the little circles. Even the first 12-armed image that pops out after I ‘touch’ the circle is a static version of ‘the brain.’

    I’m more intrigued about why the designer(s) thought this might be intriguing when the standard for intrigue (and interaction design) are so much higher than this today?

    * * *

    Comment by Steve Ball — February 24, 2006 @ 6:38 am

  32. Ah those annoyingly hard to sort American date formats… either that, or the device should have been announced 21 days ago.

    Oh and “Internet Picture Frame” on the NS device is a weak claim as on of the ‘eight popular’ functions… If picture frames are popular, then better make it ‘nine’ since it can probably can be a calculator and there millions more of those as a ‘popular’ device.

    Comment by colin — February 24, 2006 @ 7:02 am

  33. Maybe it’s the Evil Empire’s latest tactic to distract the press from the main Train Wreck:

    http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/software/windows-vistas-worst-performer-windows-vista-156415.php

    So, how long before you actually ship that disaster? Mid-’07? Early ‘08?

    Comment by J. Random Poster — February 24, 2006 @ 8:05 am

  34. […] Origami project 據說是微軟的新玩意兒,第一個浮現腦海中的就是 Wallop (圖案很像阿)。不過到底是什麼東東 3 月 2 日就揭曉囉。 […]

    Pingback by [2006/02/24] 網摘 - 蘋果邀請函設計結果揭曉囉 at 二三街角 — February 24, 2006 @ 8:05 am

  35. Late to the party eh? You freaking WORK there, and I have a better radar. You should hang in differing circles. And this will flop, just like the Tablet.

    PS - But the real upcoming PR crisis news, beyond product hype, IBM has launched discovery motions against Microsoft for SCO info. Field Day. Get ready Scoble - man the bases, load up the guns, have the PR meetings, work the talking point spin into a pure stream. Of course my advice would be to sit it out and let the lawyers handle it, but with your ‘naked conversations’ you are but compelled to.

    Comment by Christopher Coulter — February 24, 2006 @ 8:38 am

  36. You posting in the nude?
    http://www.valleywag.com/tech/scobleizer/robert-scoble-not-new-to-nakedness-an-oldschool-tease-shot-156846.php

    Comment by Eric Vogel — February 24, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  37. Origami…

    Hmm… Microsoft’s going to change my life again?

    Scoble users had a few comments… my guess is it’ll change my life by attempting to remove several hundred bucks from my wallet minimum.

    Trackback by enginseer.org — February 24, 2006 @ 11:02 am

  38. Wk1 - is here

    Wait for mix06.

    Comment by /pd — February 24, 2006 @ 11:29 am

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    Comment by lapstre — February 24, 2006 @ 11:32 am

  40. IAM NOT UNDER NDA SO I WILL SPOIL IT THE PROJECT IS Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs).

    Comment by ALIJAH GREEN — February 24, 2006 @ 11:42 am

  41. So what is an ultra mobile pc? isn’t that what pda’s and phones are becoming?

    Comment by big dogs — February 24, 2006 @ 11:46 am

  42. […] For example: Design tastes good Scobleizer thatedeguy […]

    Pingback by What is origamiproject? at R. Blake Ramick :: Journal — February 24, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

  43. I think MS have found Osama Bin Laden.

    Comment by MB — February 24, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

  44. […] Some related links Microsoft Origami Project Homepage Google News “Microsoft Origami Project” Scoble’s Blog Bishop’s Blog Beta News […]

    Pingback by Weblog of Josh Houghtelin » Blog Archive » Microsoft Origami Project — February 24, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

  45. I think Bill is tired of the computer and software business. Due to the permanent flatlined state of the stock, this is the company’s plan to fold.

    Mostly will consist of a voluntary break-up into smaller pieces that other companies, Oracle, IBM, Apple, can digest if they so desire. This could have a tie-in with recent changes at Apple at least.

    You heard it here first.

    Comment by Mac Beach — February 24, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  46. […] Everyone is making predictions, if you take a look Scobles’ entry; you’ll see everything from Mircrosoft’s iPod killer. Others believe it’s the hyped out Ultra Mobile lifestyle PC. It could be anything and here’s why. Circles and links can be a PCB (Printed Circuit Board for you none geeks) and if you’ve been reading up National Semiconductor showcased a device called Orgami at Comdex 2001; a mobile device about the size of a mini-camcorder that folds up 8 ways to perform popular consumer tasks. Could this be a hushed up WinCE / XP embedded powering the device? Maybe! […]

    Pingback by Techhash » Microsoft & The Orgrami Project — February 24, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  47. It’s no big secret, really…

    The news hit during the Tablet PC Partner gig, it’s Bert Keely’s ultraportable lifestyle PC. I think you were Ski’ing and WiFi’ing in Swiss Hot Tubs then. :)

    Comment by Christopher Coulter — February 24, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  48. It’s a rebranded product from the Hanso Foundation and the Dharma Initiative. Don’t you know *anything*? :)

    Comment by Jonathan Cohen — February 24, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

  49. […] So, what is that Origami Project? According to Scoble, it is a device. Microsoft seems to like that viral marketing acts a lot lately. They create a teaser website and try to create a buzz around the product. Engadget seems to have a tip about what Origami Project is and have some pictures which may not of course be the real thing. It is rumored that the device is potentially a portable media center. One potentially interesting thing is that a stylus is seen in the images which suggests that the device has a touch screen. If this is the case, this will be the first touch screen portable media player in the market. […]

    Pingback by What is Origami Project? at turker.out.println — February 24, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

  50. […] Ne ha parlato un blogger, ha chiesto informazioni a Scoble, il blog-evangelista di Microsoft, che non si è tirato indietro: forse contravvenendo a direttive interne ha rivelato che dietro l’Origami Project ci potrebbe essere il futuro sistema portatile di Microsoft. […]

    Pingback by Origami — February 25, 2006 @ 12:19 am

  51. […] Microsoft has opened a viral marketing site about something called Origami. It was discovered by Design Tastes Good, they sent an email to Scoble with questions and Scoble responded in his snobby manner “I know everything, but I can’t say it to you”. And not the hell broke loose. […]

    Pingback by Days of Software Architect » Microsoft Origami — February 25, 2006 @ 1:51 am

  52. Hi Guys,
    Strange to see that nobody was able to pinpoint to the right thing….

    Here my best guess…. Paul Allen(Co-founder Microsoft) runs a company known as ‘Vulcan Ventures’. The company was for quite some time now was working on the concept of a MiniPC. The Origami project is indeed the same miniPC called ‘Flipstart’ (www.flipstart.com) by Vulcan. Just that with the passage of time the avtaar has changed.

    You can find photo’s and specs of the device here :
    http://www.flipstart.com/aboutproduct_features_sizeandpower.asp

    Comment by Rajat Garg — February 25, 2006 @ 1:52 am

  53. […] Por una vez, no ha sido Scoble quién ha iniciado el rumor sobre un producto de Microsfot, sino que le preguntaron desde Design Tastes Good. […]

    Pingback by Ondas, cables, luces, cacharritos y cachivaches » Microsoft Origami — February 25, 2006 @ 3:16 am

  54. […] Ein schöner Kommentar fand sich bei Robert Scoble I wonder how many people are waiting for Microsoft to start working on the Harakiri project… […]

    Pingback by nordish.de » Microsofts Origami - Wann kommt Harakiri? — February 25, 2006 @ 4:35 am

  55. […] El evangelizador de Microsoft por excelencia (más que nada por que es el único que conozco) Robert Scooble empezó este “rumor”, como dejando caer, que es esto de Origami, diferentes medios desde que lo posteo se han hecho esta pregunta ¿Que demonios es? Muchos lo han llamdo como “lifestyle PC” un pequeño ordenador con todas sus funcionalidades pero en reducido tamaño, que siempre esta encendido (¿como?), que podrá conectarse a redes 3G y costará alrededor de los $500. […]

    Pingback by Gizmología » El proyecto Origami de Microsoft — February 25, 2006 @ 4:51 am

  56. […] Could it be a gadget, perhaps an iPod killer? You can only guess what it is. But it’s certainly a hardware device, as Robert Scoble says: “I do know that Origami is the code-name for a new kind of device”. […]

    Pingback by Andrei Pociu » Blog Archive » Origami - new gadget from Microsoft — February 25, 2006 @ 5:01 am

  57. Word to add to “Tired”-list: iPod killer.

    Yawn.

    Comment by Oyvind Solstad — February 25, 2006 @ 5:24 am

  58. Funny, the RSS feed on the Origami website is not automatically recognized by IE7 Beta…

    Comment by Koothena — February 25, 2006 @ 8:09 am

  59. […] Microsoft has put up a teaser website promoting the release of something called the Origami Project on March 2, 2006.  There is ongoing speculation on some well read blogs about what exactly The Origami Project is.   Engagdet actually dug up  some pictures and speculates that it might be a portable touchscreen device or an ultramobile lifestyle PC.   At this point, no one knows what it is exactly but Microsoft has clearly gotten people’s attention. […]

    Pingback by The Bivings Report » What is the Origami Project? — February 25, 2006 @ 8:27 am

  60. […] Scoblazier (il noto blogger di Microsoft) ha confermato le indiscrezioni, il sito di riferimento registrato da Microsoft è attivo e presenta una piccola introduzione in flash che in sostanza comunica che il 3 Marzo se ne saprà di più a riguardo, mentre Engadget ha addirittura delle immagini che sembrano essere attendibili (non si sa mai in questi casi). […]

    Pingback by Blade Inside » Blog Archive » Microsoft’s Origami Project — February 25, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  61. […] El evangelizador de Microsoft por excelencia Robert Scooble, empezó este “rumor”, como dejando caer, que es esto de Origami, diferentes medios desde que lo posteo se han hecho esta pregunta ¿Que demonios es? Muchos lo han llamdo como “lifestyle PC” un pequeño ordenador con todas sus funcionalidades pero en reducido tamaño, que siempre esta encendido (¿como?), que podrá conectarse a redes 3G y costará alrededor de los $500. […]

    Pingback by BlogR 1.0 » — February 25, 2006 @ 11:10 am

  62. Could microsoft finaly be getting round to the xbox portable??

    Comment by grindboy — February 25, 2006 @ 11:21 am

  63. based on my take after listening to Transmetas CC last Thursday it’s a multimodal UPC running on a Transmeta Efficeon CPU most likely utilizing Transmeta’s LongRun2 energy saving anti-leakage technology to ensure ultra-long battery life.

    Comment by daggidoodle — February 25, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  64. […] Much like everyone else, I’ve been wondering what Microsoft’s Origami Project is. The speculation runs rampant but it appears that you might not have to wait a few weeks to find out what Origami truly is. Marketing firm DigitalKitchen must have the ad campaign on this one because if you hit their site and enter, click Work and then BrandTheatre, guess what you’ll find. Not just pics of the device, but a Flash-based video showing the various uses. I won’t add to the speculation fire that’s burning and tell you what I saw. Instead, I’ll let you spend a few minutes viewing the telling show and form your own conclusions. I will say this: as a new WMCE user, a TabletPC and WindowsMobile user for several years, I’m hoping what I saw in the video becomes available very soon. I’ll still be getting a new WM 5.0 phone (so don’t forget to vote), but Origami is next on my list! There’s another pic after the jump. […]

    Pingback by Kevin 2.0 » Blog Archive » Origami video: the real deal? — February 25, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  65. […] touch me Mon det er nu, man skal overveje at købe aktier i Microsoft? En lille teaser om et kommende Microsoft produkt - Origami Project - er blevet hypet en del de sidste par dage. Men det er stadig uklart, hvad det overhovedet er, og teaseren giver ikke mange svar - ud over at afsløringen finder sted 2. marts. Der er mange gode overvejelser over hvad det kan være, men de fleste mener at vide, at det drejer sig om et portal device - indeholdende de gængse ting som pda, mobil, mp3, kamera etc. og engadget har billederne, offentligtgjort med forbehold :-) I samme stil, men med andet udseende har andre fundet 5 år gamle billeder frem fra arkiverne. Projektet Wallop fra Microsoft Research, Social Computing Group, har også været nævnt og om ikke andet, så matcher det jo dels formen i teaseren og dels det faktum, at Microsoft jo er mere kendt for sine softwareprodukter end for hardware gadgets. […]

    Pingback by touch me — February 25, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

  66. Okay, as I said on Digg, what with the name and everything I’m putting my money on an E-Ink style book/document reader, with a super-detailed screen using some hyper-real newly-tweaked typeography technology from Microsoft.

    You’ll be able to use it to read books and documents, import or input documents from other machines via bluetooth, wifi, or infra-red, beam documents to other devices or printers, and use the display to run desktop presentations. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had an input device that was optimized to its limited scope — throw away the pen/keyboard and stuff, and replace it with two thumb controllers on either side of the screen.

    Also wouldn’t be surprised to see it linked to an online service to provide books, documents, or even web sites optimized for the platform.

    Oh, and it will be ****way, way, waaaaay*** too expensive for what it does.

    I’ll be back on March 3rd to collect my money…

    Comment by Humptydank — February 25, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

  67. […] What is Origami? Is it a pda? Is it a microPC? Is it a phone? Is it a portable media player? Is it a gaming platform? NetworkWorld says it is definitely an ultra portable lifestyle pc. Maybe it isn’t even a device…. The best discussions on this topic are at scoble’s site and designtastesgood. Not much at wikipedia yet. ARGN doesn’t seem to have declared it an ARG. There is no discussion of it on their forums, so far. […]

    Pingback by John Tokash » Mysteries On My Mind — February 25, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  68. […] It looks like Apple may beat the origami project release of March 2nd to the punch. Apple sent cryptic email invitations to journalists and analysts that speak of “fun new products” at a special event at their cupertino headquarters on February 28th. […]

    Pingback by Design Tastes Good - user experience blog » Blog Archive » Apple Gadgets & Origami — February 25, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

  69. asdfa

    Comment by asf — February 25, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

  70. My bro works in MS India. I asked him about this and he just said that I was going to regret why did I buy the ipod. Am not sure if hes being truthful here or not. But most of the times when I have asked him about future MS projects hes been on target. Lets just wait and watch.

    Comment by Anshul — February 25, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

  71. until it’s actually announced…

    WHO CARES

    Comment by nick botulism — February 25, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

  72. Karma!

    Go to this site www.site.com do it I don’t speak english do it buy buy :)!

    Comment by ALEXADEX — February 25, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

  73. Well it’s not quite a mop, and it’s not quite a puppet. So, to answer your question, I don’t know.

    Comment by Ben — February 25, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  74. The Touch Me reference at the beginning seems like a clear hint that the devise is touchscreen related. I’d guess a touchscreen based portable media player.

    Comment by Todd Zeigler — February 25, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

  75. check this out:

    http://swiecki.wordpress.com/2006/02/25/what-the-origami-project-really-is/

    Comment by swiecki — February 25, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

  76. Why hasn’t anyone mentioned this site(or maybe i didn’t see it)!!!?
    d-kitchen.com click on enter, click on work, then click on brand theatre. Click on Microsoft Origami and play the video. It’s very obvious what this is: A mini-tabletpc. Like i said, i’m not sure why no one has mentioned this
    :confused:…

    This is awesome, but i think apple found out about the origami, and on the 28th they will probably reveal their own mini-tabletpc…i would take apple over microsoft anyday, but if microsoft’s comes out earlier i’ll buy it.

    Comment by Me — February 25, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

  77. origami revealed!

    Go to www.d-kitchen.com
    Enter the main site.
    Go to “Work”, then “Brand Theater”

    via:engadget comments

    http://www.pdamexico.net/content/view/2032/2/

    Comment by engadget — February 25, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

  78. […] Microsoft Origami Project? February 26, 2006 at 10:05 pm Scoble was the first blog I heard anything about Microsoft’s “Origami Project” and even then the information was vague at best. Scoble described it as a “a new kind of device” just before running of to hind from the NDA police. So with this little bit of info and a link to origamiproject.com my interest was aroused enough to let the searching begin. […]

    Pingback by Geekpulp » Microsoft Origami Project? — February 26, 2006 @ 1:07 am

  79. Ummm, like I said right after the TABLET PARTNER CONFERENCE, not that anyone was listening. But for the record, I was first. Dead first. The push-up on MP3’s is a bad idea; all Bert Keely’s gig. See the ArtRageisms?

    Comment by Christopher Coulter — February 26, 2006 @ 1:39 am

  80. Gosh - last thing I want to know is that its PMC v2.

    Comment by Jeelz — February 26, 2006 @ 1:40 am

  81. You know what’s sad? That promo video sucks, I know I could do better, script and scenario-wise, and they are sucky Video Editors, jump cut de jour. And I hate things shot in HD that don’t go warm film tone. Mortal sin.

    Scenario One - She mixes up a vinyl gig, yet hands it off within seconds to doofus Cowboy hick (with continuity problems galore here) right off bat, Cowboy kicking up a goofy potrait in less than 2 seconds, and THIS is their lead off. Man alive.

    Scenario Two - GPS Device doing Camera Photo tricks? Ummmmm please.

    Scenario Three - Miss Richie Snob syncs files and then proceeds to slunk on lawn chair, Media Centering culling up yadda yadda from the room she just left and then draw in the artsy ARTRAGE an Industrial Design for T-Shirt SLOGANS?

    Scenario Four - Are we REALLY supposed to believe this is a Handheld Gaming System? They take us for morons? And now hook a keyboard and it’s a mini-laptop? Guess that pen ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    Scenario Five - Dimwit on a bike using it as a notepad? (And those jump cuts, arrrgh). And then proceeds to phone cam trick and send back that T-Shirt slogan? Confusing. And guy is too stalkerish.

    Moral of story: Spend big money with big firms, sometimes you get less than what paid for. No central theme, all too confusing, everything to everyone becomes nothing to anyone.

    Comment by Christopher Coulter — February 26, 2006 @ 2:07 am

  82. Engadget have some pics here

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/24/microsofts-origami-project/

    Though they’re not sure what the have pictures of.

    Comment by Scott Cross — February 26, 2006 @ 4:09 am

  83. this is what you should expect to see, http://www.longhornblogs.com/robert/archive/2006/02/24/15899.aspx

    Comment by Alijah Green — February 26, 2006 @ 8:19 am

  84. Sorry scoble plus I think I am right because I am not sure, but has Scoble posted any comments after I said what it was/is (origami project)

    Comment by Alijah Green — February 26, 2006 @ 8:23 am

  85. […] touch me Mon det er nu, man skal overveje at købe aktier i Microsoft? En lille teaser om et kommende Microsoft produkt - Origami Project - er blevet hypet en del de sidste par dage. Men det er stadig uklart, hvad det overhovedet er, og teaseren giver ikke mange svar - ud over at afsløringen finder sted 2. marts. Der er mange gode overvejelser over hvad det kan være, men de fleste mener at vide, at det drejer sig om et portal device - indeholdende de gængse ting som pda, mobil, mp3, kamera etc. og engadget har billederne, offentligtgjort med forbehold :-) I samme stil, men med andet udseende har andre fundet 5 år gamle billeder frem fra arkiverne. Projektet Wallop fra Microsoft Research, Social Computing Group, har også været nævnt og om ikke andet, så matcher det jo dels formen i teaseren og dels det faktum, at Microsoft jo er mere kendt for sine softwareprodukter end for hardware gadgets. Update: Neowin har postet et link til en promotion video - billederne fra engadget stammer derfra, så det drejer sig om en mini-tabletpc, dog uden kamera og mobil - se den her; (klik Enter this site ->Work -> Brandtheatre -> Microsoft Origami). Den ser spændende - men stor ud.. […]

    Pingback by touch me — February 26, 2006 @ 10:09 am

  86. Hey there all great ideas guys (and women) but on the promotion website it simply says do you no me (this sujesting that its a program) and “do you no what i can do” (it can do something new we havnt seen before)
    and also “and were i can go” not sure about this one but its sujesting something peculiar.

    Comment by Jack — February 26, 2006 @ 11:04 am

  87. I found a video showing the prototype of Microsoft’s Origami project. It was produced by Digital Kitchen which makes promotional videos for companies such as Infinity, Boeing, Microsoft.
    Here’s a story about D-Kitchen: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2000/07/24/smallb1.html

    Now about the Origami video. Go to: http://www.d-kitchen.com/launch_center.htm

    Enter > click Work then BrandTheatre

    Select Microsoft Origami and hit Play.

    It’s pretty cool. This thing could be the PSP/Ipod Video killer!

    Comment by Reda Hachani — February 26, 2006 @ 11:26 am

  88. […] Microsoft’s Origami Project is buzzing the net, but all the hype is just about a few photos of what looks like a portable media player device / tablet pocket pc. […]

    Pingback by Catching up on Sunday at odrakir.com — February 26, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  89. […] Anyway I checked the Blog out and it said that if you go to the website of the Marketing firm DigitalKitchen you’ll find a video of it, so I rushed my self straight over to this site and well what I saw quite shocked me, it just has to be the real thing surely, anyway it’s best if you see it for yourself: Much like everyone else, I’ve been wondering what Microsoft’s Origami Project is. The speculation runs rampant but it appears that you might not have to wait a few weeks to find out what Origami truly is. Marketing firm DigitalKitchen must have the ad campaign on this one because if you hit their site and enter, click Work and then BrandTheatre, guess what you’ll find. Not just pics of the device, but a Flash-based video showing the various uses. I won’t add to the speculation fire that’s burning and tell you what I saw. Instead, I’ll let you spend a few minutes viewing the revealing show so you can form your own conclusions. I will say this: as a new WMCE user, a TabletPC and WindowsMobile user for several years, I’m hoping what I saw in the video becomes available very soon. I’ll still be getting a new WM 5.0 phone that you can pick for me (so don’t forget to vote), but Origami is next on my list! There’s another pic after the jump. […]

    Pingback by Darren Straight’s Blog — February 26, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

  90. […] W sieci zawrzało, wszyscy zastanawiają się, co kryje się pod tą dziwną nazwą. Jedno już wiemy na pewno: Origami to nowy rodzaj urządzenia (tę informację podał Robert Scoble). […]

    Pingback by MS Evangelizer - All by Microsoft: Windows, Vista, XP, Office, Avalon, MSN, Messenger, Live, .NET, Windows Mobile 5.0, Smartphone, Pocket PC... — February 26, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

  91. […] Over here: Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger » What is the Origami Project? there’s a discussion about the new origamiproject.com that microsoft has registered and where a flash movie says nothing. I started reading the comments, but stopped at #6, a suggestion about a even better japan-inspired project to start with. […]

    Pingback by re:Fett » Blog Archive » Very funny comment — February 26, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

  92. Microsoft Origami: Bilder und Videos vom neuen Tablet-PC

    Mit einer viralen Marketingkampagne schürt Microsoft den Hype um seinen neuen ultraportablen Tablet-PC “Origami”. Los ging das Ganze letzte Woche mit einer kryptischen Meldung von Microsoft-Blogger Robert Scoble, in der er auf seine Geheimhaltungsp…

    Trackback by Das CIO Weblog — February 27, 2006 @ 2:44 am

  93. […] This site belongs to Microsoft according to Scobleizer. An iPod killer finally? Stay tuned via RSS… […]

    Pingback by What the heck is this? at teezeh dot info — February 27, 2006 @ 5:01 am

  94. Have a look at this videoclip to see some gadet called Origami:

    http://www.winfuture-downloads.de/msorigami_winfuture.mpeg

    Comment by Neuhaus Marcel — February 27, 2006 @ 7:31 am

  95. […] The exact nature of Microsoft’s top secret Origami device has got the blogosphere buzzing after the discovery of a marketing video on the Internet, which seems to show the device in use. […]

    Pingback by Technology Watch » Blog Archive » Microsoft’s top secret Origami project unfolds — February 27, 2006 @ 8:30 am

  96. It appears as though Digital Kitchen has taken down that flash video/presentation. Anybody save it?

    Comment by Big Dog — February 27, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  97. That’s real spooky. 03.02.06 has passed anyway. I wonder what’s in store for the week 2&3.

    Look at all this comments. Maybe this is the origami project. who knows!

    Comment by Shem Maina — February 27, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

  98. Err 2nd March, not 3rd of Feb…I though that first time too

    Comment by Matt — February 27, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

  99. […] What is the Origami Project? (Scobleizer) […]

    Pingback by What is Microsoft’s Origami?: Nirlog.com — February 27, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

  100. Halo on Microsoft Origami.

    Rumours are abound that Microsoft’s forthcoming Origami device will be capable of playing Halo.

    Trackback by Brightlamp Technology — February 28, 2006 @ 1:37 am

  101. […] Microsoft’s Origami leak last weekend was staged. What – you think its dominating the tech blogosphere a few days before a mysterious Steve Jobs announcement is coincidence? […]

    Pingback by Techno Rant, I » Blog Archive » Leak 2.0: Origami Was Staged — February 28, 2006 @ 8:05 am

  102. http://www.nokiausa.com/770

    Big deal, Nokia has had one out since November…

    and guess what? it ALREADY RUNS LINUX. :P

    - Barista (Via Nokia 770, Bluetooth, RAZR)

    Comment by Barista — February 28, 2006 @ 11:11 am

  103. […] MIT CCC reports - Ever wish you could follow a “this is not a buzz campaign” buzz campaign instead of reading about it afterwards? The Microsoft Origami Project is a great buzz example happening right now, Monday, 2/27/06. Engadget wrote about it last Friday, linking to Scoble who talked about it as well. […]

    Pingback by seize the media » Blog Archive » A Microsoft Primer on Creating Buzz? — February 28, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

  104. Some one asked earlier if the video was archived anywhere.

    You can find it at

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV1WGDW37c0&search=project%20origami
    http://www.origamiportal.com/
    and http://creativecoremedia.com/mso.swf

    I for one think this looks cool. though it was obviously leaked on purpose.

    Comment by Mark — February 28, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  105. Aww Man a double post. I suck.

    Comment by Mark Y — March 1, 2006 @ 12:01 am

  106. Mark: nah, you got caught in Wordpress’ spam filter and I approved your post and in the meantime you posted again. I’ll delete the second one.

    Comment by scobleizer — March 1, 2006 @ 12:34 am

  107. The Origami Project

    Microsoft is teasing people with their mysterious Origami Project. Even Scoble didn’t know about it before his readers did.

    People are speculating on what the device could be. The site says we’ll know more tomorrow.

    Trackback by Information Narcosis — March 1, 2006 @ 7:07 am

  108. Looks like Microsoft has learned some of Steve Jobs’ showmanship. ;)

    Comment by Mike — March 1, 2006 @ 7:09 am

  109. One thing is for sure, if and when Microsoft releases it, 20,000 people will line up to buy it and MS will release 500 to sell.

    IF you are lucky enough to buy one, remember “to reboot, hold it over your head and shake it”

    Comment by Don — March 1, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  110. […] Since last weekend, the web has been abuzz about a new Microsoft technology called “Origami.” First, there’s the mysterious website at origamiproject.com (a domain registered to Microsoft, notes Robert Scoble) which coyly asks viewers: do you know what i can do? […]

    Pingback by Frame-by-frame analysis: the Microsoft Origami Man Purse video - The Satchel Pages: Home of the Man Purse — March 1, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  111. […] Están en el weblog de Robert McLaws. Robert dice que tiene una fuente extremadamente confiable que le dijo que el dispositivo de las fotos está desarrollado y va a estar disponible a fines de este año. El costo aproximado sería de unos u$500 y aparecería como la “Lifestyle PC”. Everyone’s speculating about OrigamiProject.com: Scoble, MaryJo, Neowin, News.com… I’m not one to fan the flames or anything… wait a second, of course I am! If the project does indeed refer to the device that Neowin talks about, then we’ve all seen it before. Microsoft demoed it at WinHEC 2005. While I was there, I had the opportunity to interview a woman on the MobilePC team, where she showed off the prototype device that Bill had onstage. I never published the interview, but I’m going to have to go back through my recording and glean any details I can.. I’ll post that later. […]

    Pingback by InterTablet » Más sobre Origami — March 2, 2006 @ 4:36 am

  112. So new update today, with no real info at all.
    More info on the 9th - coinciding with CeBit ????
    Apparently the Digital Kitchen vid is a year old according to Microsoft and was their initial look.

    Comment by Scott Cross — March 2, 2006 @ 5:40 am

  113. […] Now I picked up on this in this post by Robert that quoted this post dated the 23rd Feb 2006. I cant find any earlier references to it. […]

    Pingback by Charlie Maitland’s Blog » Blog Archive » From 1 to may in 7 days — March 2, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

  114. IT SUCKS

    Comment by Taro — March 2, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

  115. I’m not incredibly technical, and under no circumstances would I ever consider myself a “gadget geek,” but I was really intrigued by Origami and was looking forward to learning the actual promised lowdown today.

    Little did I know that when I went to the site to become further enlightened, I would be met with little more than what I already knew: nothing.

    As an interested consumer (or at least formerly interested), I’ve gotta say, there’s one sure way to help me lose my interest fast, and that’s when a teaser turns itself into nothing more than *another* teaser.

    Way to go, Microsoft–NOT!

    Comment by Lia — March 2, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

  116. […] I was also seeing this Origami Project buzz on the Internet, as Microsoft does its best Apple impression and doles out teasingly small bits of information on a new device. I remember when corporations introduced products weeks, months, even years in advance and then you waited for it to hit the store shelves. Not any more. We now wait for the product announcement with the proverbial bated breath. “They’re keeping it a secret so it has to be great.” With Apple’s latest announcement (a computer update and an iPod boom box) a monumental bore, and an apparently crushing disappointment to faithful Apple-nuts, I’m hoping that we are near the end of the product announcement mystery date phase of the consumer electronics industry. However, I digress. […]

    Pingback by And He Blogs » Blog Archive » Internet Tablets and Origami — March 3, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

  117. Hi folks. I have blogged about the Origami quite a bit already since I was at the Tablet PC Partner briefing in redmond where Microsoft introduced this new concept for “Ultra Mobiles” devices, or “Lifestyle Devices”. You can find out more at http://www.infusionblogs.com/blogs/activenick/archive/2006/03/02/393.aspx and http://www.infusionblogs.com/blogs/activenick/archive/2006/02/13/303.aspx. I was also quoted by Mary Jo Foley of the Ziff Davis’ Microsoft watch about the Microsoft origami project at http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,2180,1933439,00.asp.
    Hope this helps answer some of your questions. I have revealed as much as I could without breaking my NDA.
    Cheers.

    Comment by ActiveNick — March 4, 2006 @ 10:54 am

  118. Patience is a virtue… wait for it to come out. See what it can and can’t do, then buy if you like it. If you don’t then don’t. Easy as that… Viral or any other forms of marketing is marketing. It is made that way to sell… But it does not require you to buy it or want it… Why blame Microsoft? Let them be… After all it is their business… not unless you own gazzzzzilllllioons of stocks…

    Comment by Marcus — March 6, 2006 @ 2:14 am

  119. and if you think you can create better, then make one and sell it… that’s fair..

    Comment by Marcus — March 6, 2006 @ 2:16 am

  120. […] Scoble knows about it. It was on Digg. What is it though? […]

    Pingback by mattbasta.be » Blog Archive » Origami — March 6, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

  121. […] There has been a lot of hype in the last week or so about the Origami device - or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) […]

    Pingback by evilzenscientist :: thoughts » Microsoft Origami / Intel UPMC — March 8, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

  122. I am the person you all have been waiting for. I know everything about the new origami project. If you go to the local site the home is all there with some sweet backrounds. The Codename ORIGAMI pc is not the name its like a nickname the real name is ultramobilepc. Which means that the keyboard separtes on the touch screen on both sides.It will run windows xp once made until i guess august is the official month its going to come out and origami will have that imbedded in to it. The driver for it will be on a flash drive from now on and same way driver with the falsh on desktop pc NO MORE CDS. Which is how i think what will replace cds to. If you would like some more information please reply to bwdavis_3@msn.com or if you would like to show off you talent on knowing more than me email me.

    Comment by Bryan The Microsoft Pro — March 9, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

  123. OH ya Vista is the thing thats coming out in august so sorry oh yeh you want more info on vista email me or go to the official site it self WHICH IS PRETTY AWSOME FOR ALL OF YOU VISTA LOVERS.

    Hope it helps…
    www.windowsvista.com

    Comment by Bryan The Microsoft Pro — March 9, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

  124. […] De pe la sfarsitul lui februarie, cand Microsoft a lansat zvonul, Internetul vuieste. Acum, dupa ce la CEBIT lumea a avut ocazia sa butoneze noile jucarii, pe viu, parca lucrurile s-au mai linistit. Bun. Sa vedem ce este de fapt Origami? Personal mi se pare o incercare de a aplica o infuzie de energie unei platforme, care desi nu as putea spune ca a esuat, nu prea a facut valurile pe care Little Billy Gates le-a visat. Acea platforma este Tablet PC. Asa ca au eliminat tastatura, au redus dimensiunea cat s-a putut, renuntand din pacate si la un bun procent din capacitatea procesorului si au scris cod suplimentar pentru a-i da lui Windows XP o interfata care sa functioneze cat de cat cu noua dimensiune si noua configuratie. […]

    Pingback by Testat.ro » Blog Archive » My name is Origami. UMPC Origami. — March 12, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

  125. […] Scoble’s helping feed the speculation. He won’t say what it is, just that “Origami is the code-name for a new kind of device”. Rumor is the device is the final realization of National Semiconductor’s concept prototype device they called Origami back in 2001. […]

    Pingback by » Latest Microsoft Viral Campaign: Origami Project  InsideMicrosoft - part of the Blog News Channel — March 16, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

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