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    • Next: the first of the Magic Cap 3.0 devices, the Oki Apollo prototype was the obvious precursor to the DataRover 840. It featured a backlit screen and the far-faster Gen 2 guts, powered by a custom MIPS processor. (And a quite stylish paint job.)

    • Next: the other Magic Cap 3.0 device which nobody ever knew about, code-named Gemini. It was a clam-shell design with a few fatal flaws: a gummy keyboard that people hated, and battery charging circuitry that didn't work. At this point in General Magic's life--about 1998--the hardware people had left, and we no longer had the ability to fix Gemini's flaws.

    • Finally: perhaps the most exclusive prototype of all is Zodiac, a modified Sharp Zaurus case with all-custom guts. Zodiac was extremely compact and featured a smaller screen resolution than other Magic Cap devices, requiring some custom software tricks to maintain a nice user experience. It fit into a pocket and the hardware keyboard had a lovely tactile feel. The Gemini prototype above was a (failed) attempt to productize Zodiac.

    • I see how it could look that way, but I'm pretty sure even the MIPS core in Zodiac would choke and die on video. πŸ™ƒ Alas the camera-looking thing is a contrast knob for the LCD. These days it's hard to remember what non-backlit screens were like, and how you really needed that contrast adjustment to see anything. Oh, and passive-matrix too!

    • Fantastic!! Thanks for posting the photos. It looks like I used one of your photos on another post and didn't credit you. 😬😬😁 Checking to see why, but I'm really sorry about that.

    • No worries on the photo use, happens all the time--though I did tell Mark Harlan to give you a hard time about it. πŸ˜‰ [Feature request for Cake: it would be nice if there was an optional "photo/image credit" field when attaching an image.]

      Unfortunately I don't have any of the open-board prototypes or wooden mock-up devices from the early days. Pretty sure all those had been swiped before I got there in 1995. Do you (or any other Magicians here) have photos of any of those?

    • [Feature request for Cake: it would be nice if there was an optional "photo/image credit" field when attaching an image.]

      Agreed! Image captions are on our todo list. In the meantime, one convention some users have adopted is to write a caption or photo credit on the last line of the post preceded by a camera emoji, like this:

      πŸ“· Photo courtesy of Josh Carter.