I've been pretty drown out with all the tech hype lately spewing out of the major players. Last weeks Apple address announcing the new Intel Mac mini's and the iPod Hi-Fi was an utter disappointment. Given that the announcement letter to this keynote stated they they would be unveiling some "new fun products", and this sounds like you shouldn't expect too much, let's face it, Apple can't hiccup without everyone in the room noticing. So up until now I have declined to add to any of the hype regarding the "origami" project developed by Microsoft. Everyone was buzzing around wondering if it would be the next iPod killer (which it's certainly not), portable multimedia device (well...), or next phase of Tablet PC development (probably the closest). It ends up not being specifically a device at all, but rather a new platform, UMPC (ultra mobile pc), bound to herald the way for a slew of redundant devices. Basically Microsoft is trying to broaden it's Tablet PC market (which never really grew very large) by offering a more compact version of the Tablet PC with an entertainment aspect. A device (here come the specs!!) with a 7" diagnonal display, minimum 800x480 resolution, 2lbs., integrated touch screen, and Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth/ VOIP enabled may sound appetizing. But considering it still won't fit in your pocket, doesn't support its own internal cd/dvd drive, and still requires a headset for VOIP, I don't see it killing any piece of hardware on the market except for maybe itself. A nice advance in touchscreen integration, but ultimately another hype letdown.