Gadgets: Microsoft Origami and Sony Ericsson Blogger Phone

As rumors unfurl about a new gadget upcoming from Microsoft, the company’s Origami Project [^] is starting to take shape as a very small tablet computer, one perhaps affordable enough to appeal to mainstream consumers.

The concept, which Microsoft plans to detail next month, is built on top of the Windows XP operating system but aims to be a new kind of device, rather than a replacement for existing PCs, according to sources familiar with the effort. With a screen bigger than that of a handheld but smaller than a notebook PC screen, Origami devices won’t fit in the pocket, but they’ll make it into purses and even the smallest of backpacks, sources said.

Microsoft’s goal is to create a blueprint for devices that could sell for $600 or less, although the actual prices will depend greatly on what manufacturers decide to include. Origami is capable of supporting features like GPS, Bluetooth, 3G cellular technology and Wi-Fi, though each of these adds to the cost of the device.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications announced several new phones on Tuesday, including two that carry Sony’s Cyber-shot brand and come with 3.2-megapixel cameras that are integrated with Google’s Blogger application.

Users of the new K800 and K790 phones who don’t already have a blog can set one up over the phone. They’ll be able to take photos with the camera and then easily add them to their blogs, according to Sony Ericsson.

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