Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Google Computer? (Updated)

Will Larry Page, co-founder of Google, announce that Google is coming out with its own computer at the International Consumer Electronics show when he speaks on Friday? Reportedly, Google has no interest in making computers. Partnering, well that is another matter. Eweek.com reports:

"We have many PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter that market; we would rather partner with great companies," a Google spokesperson wrote in an e-mail.

An inexpensive computer in the $100-$200 range is not unobtainable. Google and others, including AMD, Brightstar, News Corp., and Red Hat are corporate sponsors in an effort by MIT Media Lab to create and sell a $100 PC to the developing world. The computer is due in 2006.

The rumor mill has Google announcing that it plans to introduce a mesh networking device - Google Cube - for home networking capable of seamlessly connecting and transferring digital media. Imagine the possibilities . . . the ultimate portal.

Too expensive for the home? Not if it is subsidized by Google. Yes, give them the toilets and sell 'em the toilet paper - forever.

Perhaps, click a few advertisements a week and the payment to Google for the Google Cube / computer is waived. Click a few more times and your online service cost is reduced or free.

Does Rambus find itself in this picture? Who knows? Networking interfaces?

Visit MIT Medi Lab linked here.

Read a couple interesting articles speculating about Google's plans at eweek.com linked here and zdnet.com linked here.

Updated 1/9/06 linked here.


Empiricum said...

"off the above topic" as it may seem, but....

I extend my prayers and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and relatives of the coal miners.

May they all rest in the hands of the good Lord. +++

Empiricum said...

furthering the "ot"...

The WVa mining tragedy now becomes a modern day version of The Hatfields and The McCloys.

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