When you’re in pursuit of the ultimate augmented reality game, you’d better be riding on an ultimate augmented reality device.
So far, we have been hitchhiking “lesser evils” such as described in my “Top Mobile Devices Compete”
The conclusion was grim:
No big winners on this list.
Some have to be hacked to do AR; some might not see the light of day; others don’t even have cameras.
[What in the world are MIDs with no cameras doing on the list, you ask?
Patience my friends. The MIDs are coming. They will have cameras in no time.]
A couple of days later, before you could say “Intel’s-Atom-based-mobile-internet-device”, a MID with a rear camera was announced; and it speaks Italian: Ciao Itelco IDOL!
Those of you following the MIDs evolution, will immediately recognize it as a rebranded Aigo 8880 or a Megabyte M528 or maybe a SFR M! PC Pocket… all various rebadged configurations of Option’s Compal JAX-10 design unveiled at Intel’s IDF this August.
This time with a confirmed rear camera.
It is on sale on Itelco’s site for 449 euros (~$573).
Itelco apparently rushed to publish it and had no time to fully translate the specs. Luckily, Poketables were there for us:
[The 320g device includes] a 800MHz Intel Atom Z500 CPU, [running Linux] 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, and 4GB SSD…integrated 3.5G, 3-megapixel rear camera, and GPS.
I am inclined to announce the IDOL as the front-runner in the race for augmented reality device greatness, but since I am yet to receive a first hand confirmation of its use in an AR scenario, I’ll settle for an update of the “2008 High End Round Up”
Nice. Finally a contender with no major flaws. Back to the pursuit of the ultimate augmented reality game.
Let us know when you try the new ragazzo on the block.