Some of you who have hung out with me recently saw the China “Pocket PDA” phone I had finally found (see photo). At the Microsoft ReMIX conference, I used it to thank the audience at our South-East Asia panel by waving the word BYE in the air.
Some time ago, a friend of a friend told me a story about a fabled phone from China which could project words in the air (what I knew as persistent vision), so in my recent trip to Sim Lim with my dad, I asked around. Picking on a typical China gadget stall, the sales guy was surprised that I even knew about the existence of such a phone, and was even curious on how I came to know about it.
As seen in the photos above, there were several feminine candybar cellphones, an iPhone clone which accepts two active SIM cards as well as that tiny Pocket PDA phone which had all the bells and whistles. Playing with this Pocket PDA phone, I was shocked to realize how it had a ton of other features, including a motion sensor which lets you automatically re-orientate your videos from portrait to landscape view and a realistic dice game where you shake the phone.
Thanks to Veron, I don’t have to say much about the phone since she’s blogged an impressive overview of this culturally quirky artifact.
Aside: I was chatting with Veron about how Singaporean bloggers should try to do crossovers, as in typical superhero comic books tradition. I’ve seen this done in the States, where bloggers often appear on each others blogs. Being in a small country like Singapore, it shouldn’t be a problem at all. Just call up your neighborhood blogger, have a meal, chit chat and when inspiration hits, record those special moments. 🙂