The Forgotten eMate 300--15 years later
Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:25 PM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:49 PM
One side note, the top of the unit looked a bit like a halter top with fasteners in a, shall we say, titillating position. The laptops that followed had a much more subtle but similar effect.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:19 PM
When Jobs killed the Newton Inc company spinout from Apple and fired Sandy Bennett (Bennett officially resigned but it is unlikely that he had a choice), pretty much the whole Newton team quit on the spot. That left nearly no one inside of Apple that could work with the technology. Five months later Newton was officially canceled leaving literally hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of the eMate in limbo.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:12 PM
The Newton was released years before its time and it's imperfect handwriting recognition made it became the instant target for comedians and comic strips - immense negative publicity. By the time it had reached maturity the price was really insane. It was killed off for good business reasons, not the lack of realization of its potential. If Jobs had not been ousted I think that there is a good chance that the Newton would have eventually made an appearance, but not until it was done right, which would have meant a late 90's launch, with the wrinkles all worked out. There was a 14 year span between the launch of the Newton and the launch of the iPhone - plenty of time.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:33 AM
As a presales engineer at Inso Canada, I remember getting into talks with Nova Bus (now part of Volvo Bus Corporation) for specifying a project scope that would have seen all new LFS series buses coming out the assembly line with an emate 300 filled with mecanics manual as well as instructional animations and a way to do monthly or quaterly updates by sending CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs. Of course, that plan failed to materialize once Apple pulled the plug on the emate.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:01 PM
The problem now is maintaining good data transfer with modern OSs but our eMates operate happily as little islands of often referenced data, doing a solid job, year after year, with no hassles.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:44 AM
Personally, the first generation iMac was what I though the original Mac SHOULD have been. Imagine what would have happened if the first Mac had 1MB (expandable to 2 MB) RAM, a 10 MB drive, an internal floppy, 13 inch color screen, built-in ethernet, and a Unix based Mac OS back in 1984 that looked just like the first gen iMac, but with a better optical mouse instead of the round hockey puck?
Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:45 AM
The comment about the green color is correct, students (ie 10-13 year olds) gravitated towards it because it looked like a toy but allowed for business like transactions our parents were doing with real laptops. I'm thankful I came to the 5th grade when I did, the program only lasted two-three years because of the cancellation of the program so soon. RIP eMate, and know your existence was not in vain.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:03 AM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:39 AM
Block printing was recognized but more "sloppy" writing had a harder time until NewtonOS 2.x was released which fixed the problem.
It is now 2013 and Apple STILL hasn't improved on the HWR of NewtOS 2.x and doesn't even offer it in iOS. I don't understand why Apple doesn't take the NewtOS 2.x HWR and port it to iOS, especially now that Steve "I-hate-Scully's-PDA" Jobs is gone.