Microsoft Drops 'Smart Displays'
Last week, Microsoft sent a letter to a part of smart display developers including Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics notifying them that it would immediately abandon the development of 'Smart Display' OS 2.0, according to industry sources on Monday.
These Smart Displays went by the codename of 'Mira', and the concept was introduced in March 2002.
The Mira was described as follows:
Unlike many other Web tablets, Mira actually doesn't function as an independent computer. Instead, it effectively relays data and commands back and forth from a PC via an 802.11 wireless network and Windows CE.Net, the latest version of CE. Letting the PC do most of the heavy lifting saves on battery life.
Many have speculated that Apple would create a similar device, with many rumors circulating about an Apple "Tablet" -- though such a device has been rumored to be a standalone machine, rather than one tethered wirelessly to a home computer.
One recent speculative article, however, advocated the concept of Apple Media Tablets to link the PC and TV.