July 1st is the day that many WebOS users have been waiting for. The day that HP releases their first WebOS tablet, the Touchpad. I preordered through Amazon and was delivered my own spanking new HP Touchpad tablet this evening. Overall it is an amazing piece of technology. Slicker than any Android tablets that I have tried, but not quite as polished as an iPad. However, for me the usability is far above an iPad, whose “multitasking” is a joke compared to the Touchpad.
I’ve been a developer, on many different platforms, for just under two decades. Like many code monkeys, I enjoy learning new architectures. I’m not exactly sure why, but programming for WebOS has me more excited than I’ve been since working with GCC on the Palm Personal. The idea of building apps with web technologies on a portable device sounded interesting. I knew that certain things would be easy and others hard.
Precentral.net read through the initial TouchStone theory post I put up and asked HP about my theories. As they posted in this article on the site, HP confirmed the identification to work as I assumed. The new TouchStones will use the 3.1 MHz frequency to pass a unique key to the new WebOS phones, which will enable them to know where it is docked. You will obviously have to tell the phone where each dock is located the first time you use it.
When the Palm Pre was released, Palm also sold a unique inductive charger called the Touchstone. Inductive charging isn’t new, by any means. Electric toothbrushes and many other devices have used them in the past. This was a first for cell phones, I believe. When I purchased my Pre and eventually many Touchstones, I didn’t have a good oscilloscope to play around with the signals.